DC2 is going into 6th grade and we think it’s time for a phone.
Ideally we would get hir a flip phone until zie showed that zie could be responsible with it. But the only flip phone that works with Ting (not sponsored) gets 1 star reviews, most of which say it is terrible at being an actual phone. Since the main purpose of getting a phone is for DC2 to be able to call us for pick-ups and things like that, not having that ability is probably worse than not having an actual phone.
The next cheapest phone is a $99 moto e, which gets decent reviews. But… a refurbished iPhone 8 is only $169 and the rest of us have iPhones (also not sponsored) and we’d be able to track hir phone and be more likely to find it when it’s missing etc. etc. etc.
It seems a little unfair because DC1 currently has an iPhone 8 (a hand-me-down from DH when DH upgraded to a 13) and spent middle school losing/destroying flip phone after flip phone and complaining about not having a smart phone (though at any point zie could have saved up to buy one hirself, zie just didn’t want to). But you couldn’t get a refurbished iphone 8 for $169 back then and there just aren’t great alternatives for DC2 like there were for DC1, and we didn’t want to spend $300 on a phone until zie could show zie would be unlikely to lose it. DC1 will just have to deal with the unfairness of it all since I don’t particularly want to upgrade my phone 12 any time soon. (And next year DC1 will be getting all sorts of electronics swag for college.)
Adding another line for DC2 will be something like $7/mo plus whatever additional data zie uses.
Hopefully zie will use it responsibly!
When do you think kids should get their own phones? What kind of phone would you start with?