I love the fact that there is always new technology out there to make our lives easier but this post is directed at those on a budget. I raised 3 sons and believe me, we did NOT keep up with the Jones‘s. I don’t believe in it. That being said, I decided to make a trip to Best Buy and check out some I Phones…I quickly figured out why some I Phone 3’s and 4’s are being resold too…The plans are not worth it. There is no reason why a family on a tight budget should be buying these things for a teenager. Thank God, my boys are 30, 27 and 24. Now I am going to go into one very good reason why parents should hold off on this. The plans available (at least in TX) are NOT unlimited plans. They use the same towers and such, but yet no plans are unlimited. Why is that? I can tell you…Pure greed.
If my boys were teens, I’d be telling them they’d have to have part-time jobs to pay their phone bills…IF a company does not offer unlimited talk, text and web–I would NEVER use them. Teenagers do not need these things and I know that some parents are made to feel bad about hesitating to get these things. This time of year it is the time when parents have the urge to want the best of everything for the kids, but here is my suggestion and I hope it helps. If you REALLY cannot afford the things, get the android ones. Many companies offer unlimited plans and since there are no overage charges, you will sleep a lot easier. If older teens persist in trying to get you to spend money on these expensive toys, then it’s perfectly fine to let them work a 20 hour a week job and make it clear that they MUST PAY THEIR OWN PHONE bill to keep the phone on.
A lot of the android phones will save you an average of $35 a month or more depending on the plan you do get and if it is a prepaid android phone, and these are good for first time users because it simply cuts off when the plan is expired or until it is renewed. For what most teens use it for, these android phones are good enough because the cost of apps and games for the I Phones also run into money.
Personally, IF I were making plenty of money I wouldn’t mind having one but since I’m not running a business and such, I don’t see a need for most of the I Phone applications and since most teens watch videos, play on Facebook or use the game apps, I would suggest waiting on getting an I Phone and get them an android. Teens tend to break a lot of stuff too, so get the extended warranties, insurance, etc… Now if they come out with an unlimited plan, then I will consider it. Even for Skype, I would rather use my laptop when I get it to where I can download on it. I just had a new hard drive installed and I’m being very particular on this issue.
I am sure the I Phone is a great one, but do I want to spend a fortune on one right now? No. I have bills that come first and if people out there are having a hard time at this time of year, the last thing anyone would need is another bill to look forward to that might not stay the same each month.