Cell phones are one of those objects that tweens are coveting more and more. I know my 9 year olds are waiting (not-so) patiently for us to allow them to get a cell phone.
There are a few things that keep making us say no. One of them is that we don't really feel like it is needed. We are one of the few families that still have a home phone available, and we don't leave any of the kids home alone at their age. So they currently always have the home phone, or our cell phones available if needed. Another reason is price. We pay nearly $200 a month for our cell phones (mine and my husbands), with several children our cell phone bill could add up to a hefty sum!
However, I have to say, I recently heard about Republic Wireless. After learning about them just last week, I am more inclined to say yes to my boys' requests sooner. Republic Wireless offrs a hybrid phone service (WiFi and Cellular) for only $19 a month with the purchase of the $199 Motorola DEFY™ XT Smartphone.
The Motorola DEFY™ XT Smartphone is the perfect starter smartphone for a kid, or a great tool for the frugal adult! Here are some of its features:
Front-facing VGA Webcam
Rear-facing camera with auto focus/LED Flash, 4x digital zoom
Android operating system with wi-fi and Sprint® 3G Coverage with dual-band reception
Over 450,000 Apps through Google Play™
3.7 inch Corning® Gorilla® glass display
Dustproof, water and scratch resistant
For about 60 cents a day, I don't know anyone who could pass this up! I know my kids would be beyond thrilled with this fun and tough phone. With the water and scratch resistant features I would be less concerned about them ruining their phone!
What age do you think kids should have cell phones? Is their age the biggest factor, or the price?