Savannah - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
My husband is a verizon salesman. Every day he is telling me stories about parents buying their young teenagers cell phones. He told me of a family that bought their 14 year old son a Droid, which is a very expensive new phone that costs extra every month to even use it, a net book, and all kids of accessories. Then they shelled out 600 dollars for his cell phone bill! Holy cow! This is not even uncommon. Every day he sees people buying their children expensive cell phones that end up broken in a couple months.
He says you would not believe all the people that come in and pay between 600 and 1000 dollars every month to pay for their childrens' cell phones. This is simply from going over on text messaging and overusing their minutes. And people are paying this stuff without an issue!!!! Are you kidding me?
I didn't get a cell phone until I was 20 and I bought it myself and paid for everything. I don't understand why a middle school student needs some fancy phone. Yes, cell phones are very beneficial in a practical sense but would you pay that ridiculous amount to get your child a very expensive phone and then pay an even more outrageous amount on their bill? (why they don't just go with a family share plan and unlimited texting instead of going through this every month is a whole new conversation.)
I friend of mine got her 10 year old a cell phone for his birthday. Why on earth does a 10 year old need a cell phone?
I think that when my kids are older they MAY get a cell phone. But they will earn it and they will watch their usage or it will be taken away.
What do you ladies think? Am I unreasonable or are these kids just terribly spoiled?