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    Dose a preteen need a cellular plan?
    05-17-2016 09:40 AM
  2. cwbcpa said: Best Answer

    Does a preteen "need" a cellular plan? Probably not. Does anyone "need" a cellular plan? I could argue that we don't since we made it for a very long time without them.

    Anyway, all I can do is give you my situation. My 11 year old has an old iPhone 4 right now that makes calls and does messaging fine. Anything else is a struggle due to the age of the phone. I am getting her a 5s and she will be thrilled until she can get another handed down phone from mom or dad. I like for her to have cellular ability because she is involved in after school activity and such.

    Everyone has a different situation so you will have to decide if they "need" a cellular plan. I "want" my preteen to have a cellular plan, but she doesn't "need" to have it.
  3. cwbcpa's Avatar
    Does a preteen "need" a cellular plan? Probably not. Does anyone "need" a cellular plan? I could argue that we don't since we made it for a very long time without them.

    Anyway, all I can do is give you my situation. My 11 year old has an old iPhone 4 right now that makes calls and does messaging fine. Anything else is a struggle due to the age of the phone. I am getting her a 5s and she will be thrilled until she can get another handed down phone from mom or dad. I like for her to have cellular ability because she is involved in after school activity and such.

    Everyone has a different situation so you will have to decide if they "need" a cellular plan. I "want" my preteen to have a cellular plan, but she doesn't "need" to have it.
    05-17-2016 10:08 AM
  4. Honey Beagle's Avatar
    Does not even need their own phone. When I was 12 I used my parents rotary phone.
    05-17-2016 04:59 PM
  5. phreddyl's Avatar
    Depends what their after school schedule is like. My niece and nephew both got phones when they were 11 and 12 and most of their friends already had phones. It becomes convenient to be able to get ahold of them.
    05-17-2016 07:43 PM
  6. mvpilot172's Avatar
    I'm in the same situation now with my 11 year old daughter, everyone seems to have phones in our neighborhood already. I was planning on getting her one for middle school in the fall and adding her to our TMobile plan. I'm having trouble finding a decent used 5s and while an android would be cheap we are invested in Apples ecosystem already and she has an iPad and knows iOS. I'm at the point of just going for a new SE for her, it'll likely be her phone for 3 years at least. Kids these days!
    05-17-2016 09:46 PM

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