1. iRiidium's Avatar
    My wife is getting ready to switch from Verizon to AT&T. Her and my stepdaughter are getting ready to upgrade from their 8GB iPhone 4's to 5s. I suggested that my stepdaughter get the 5c and her response was "Mommy, are you really gonna get me the cheap phone?" She's 14...and obviously quite spoiled. I know that cost differential between the 16GB 5s and 5c is in Next payments is negligible but the idea she wouldn't be happy with a 5c because it's plastic when, for her it's free...struck a nerve.

    Why do people think the 5c is cheap because it's outer shell is "unapologetically" plastic?

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    02-05-2014 05:50 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Why do people think the 5c is cheap because it's outer shell is "unapologetically" plastic?
    Conditioning via media, etc...

    Make the 5S conditional on doing chores, keeping up grades... etc.
    02-05-2014 05:56 PM
  3. Septembersrain's Avatar
    I love that it's got plastic. It makes it heavier and less full of glass. It's also missing the respring issue, power button/camera rattle, and not always effective FP scanner. That's just my opinion.

    Though I'm spoiled too, I have spoiled myself. I was raised in poverty and didn't get my first phone until I was old enough to buy one myself!

    I'd make her keep her old phone but I'm not as forgiving considering my upbringing.
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    02-05-2014 06:02 PM
  4. iEd's Avatar
    People think its cheap because its plastic vs aluminum. Now if a teenager should have a 5S? I dont know. Both are expensive devices in my opinion. Maybe she can do more chores around the house and help pay for it.
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    02-05-2014 06:03 PM
  5. cwbcpa's Avatar
    I have the 5s but when I handled the 5c it felt like a quality phone to me. Certainly not cheap. My 16 year old daughter is on a 4s until December and she wants a 5c or whatever is out at the time, assuming that apple still sticks with a model like that. She loves the colors and understands that it is still a very good phone internally. She also understands that I'm providing it for her and she will like what I get her.


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    02-05-2014 06:08 PM
  6. iRiidium's Avatar
    Thanks for your responses all. I'm irritated by her attitude that she's somehow deserving of the most expensive things yet wants to do as little to EARN them as humanly possible, but I guess I'm just the wicked stepdad.


    I have the 5s but when I handled the 5c it felt like a quality phone to me. Certainly not cheap. My 16 year old daughter is on a 4s until December and she wants a 5c or whatever is out at the time, assuming that apple still sticks with a model like that. She loves the colors and understands that it is still a very good phone internally. She also understands that I'm providing it for her and she will like what I get her.
    You've done a good job.

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    02-05-2014 06:24 PM
  7. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Thanks for your responses all. I'm irritated by her attitude that she's somehow deserving of the most expensive things yet wants to do as little to EARN them as humanly possible, but I guess I'm just the wicked stepdad.


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    My mom would've had a switch to my rear if I ever acted like that. I was raised by a really traditional older mother. Just follow your heart. Remember that how she is now, That will stay with her for the rest of her life. You're an awesome person and I know you'll do the right thing. 😉
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    02-05-2014 06:32 PM
  8. iRiidium's Avatar
    My mom would've had a switch to my rear if I ever acted like that. I was raised by a really traditional older mother. Just follow your heart. Remember that how she is now, That will stay with her for the rest of her life. You're an awesome person and I know you'll do the right thing. 😉
    Thank you. :-)


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    02-05-2014 06:33 PM
  9. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    My wife is getting ready to switch from Verizon to AT&T. Her and my stepdaughter are getting ready to upgrade from their 8GB iPhone 4's to 5s. I suggested that my stepdaughter get the 5c and her response was "Mommy, are you really gonna get me the cheap phone?" She's 14...and obviously quite spoiled. I know that cost differential between the 16GB 5s and 5c is in Next payments is negligible but the idea she wouldn't be happy with a 5c because it's plastic when, for her it's free...struck a nerve.

    Why do people think the 5c is cheap because it's outer shell is "unapologetically" plastic?

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    Here is a novel idea... Would you be paying for it and putting it on your contract or acct or family plan? Any one of those. Upgrade her to what you feel after talking to your wife what the two of you are appropriate and after some time with it I am sure she will be happy with it. All the young ones spoiled or not want the best but there are times you have to draw a line. Good luck with the decision you make.
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    02-05-2014 06:40 PM
  10. iRiidium's Avatar
    Here is a novel idea... Would you be paying for it and putting it on your contract or acct or family plan? Any one of those. Upgrade her to what you feel after talking to your wife what the two of you are appropriate and after some time with it I am sure she will be happy with it. All the young ones spoiled or not want the best but there are times you have to draw a line. Good luck with the decision you make.
    My wife, bless her little heart, will cave and it's her decision (since she's paying for it), so my daughter will end up with a 5s. I don't really mind, I just hate the attitude of entitlement. I think the 5c is a great phone and heads and tails better than the 8GB iPhone 4 she's had for the past year. Now my wife, she deserves the 64GB 24K gold 5s.


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    02-05-2014 06:46 PM
  11. zerog46's Avatar
    LoL, been there, I have a step daughter and until she hit 19 she was a P.I.T.A. like you can't believe. Ultimately it's the decision of the parents. Good Luck!
    02-05-2014 06:50 PM
  12. iRiidium's Avatar
    LoL, been there, I have a step daughter and until she hit 19 she was a P.I.T.A. like you can't believe. Ultimately it's the decision of the parents. Good Luck!
    Well, I was no angel myself, and I try to keep that in mind. I also understand my daughter has grown up around me and I usually want the more expensive toys so I know I'm not setting the best example as far as being humble. I will take the advice you've all given and discuss with my wife.


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    02-05-2014 06:56 PM
  13. Peligro911's Avatar
    Well, I was no angel myself, and I try to keep that in mind. I also understand my daughter has grown up around me and I usually want the more expensive toys so I know I'm not setting the best example as far as being humble. I will take the advice you've all given and discuss with my wife.


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    Get her what you want she's 14 !! and it's free for her. If she don't like it then you can always tell her you will get her a flip phone off eBay .. I'm sure her attitude will change .. Lol .. On a side note if she still has a 4 i assume the next phone will be at least a two year deal .. It might be worth a 5s to future proof ..


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    02-06-2014 04:31 AM
  14. iRiidium's Avatar
    Get her what you want she's 14 !! and it's free for her. If she don't like it then you can always tell her you will get her a flip phone off eBay .. I'm sure her attitude will change .. Lol .. On a side note if she still has a 4 i assume the next phone will be at least a two year deal .. It might be worth a 5s to future proof ..


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    Yeahp! However, I'm doubtful the 5s is any more "future proof" over the next 18 months (Next) than the 5c. I'm gonna have a nice "Daddy" chat with her about what is wrong with her attitude. ...and let her know the consequences for keeping it that way.


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    02-06-2014 07:32 AM
  15. EauRouge's Avatar
    the 5S is much more future proof. The 5C isn't cheaper enough to make the financial savings worth it in my opinion. Just make your child "pay" for it in their own way, chores etc. Or consider the upgrade as their next gift
    02-06-2014 10:49 AM
  16. iRiidium's Avatar
    the 5S is much more future proof. The 5C isn't cheaper enough to make the financial savings worth it in my opinion. Just make your child "pay" for it in their own way, chores etc. Or consider the upgrade as their next gift
    I'm going to recommend a 16GB 5S OR a 32GB 5C. Her choice. They're the same price in Next payments. She's 14 and the only thing she's gonna do with it is all that social nonsense (Facebook, KIK, Instagram, etc.) She's into music and her data quota is 1GB/month. So she'll need to make an intelligent decision about how much storage she needs. Given that choice, I would take the 32GB 5C (or a G2 or S4). Her choice.


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    02-06-2014 12:37 PM
  17. projectman's Avatar
    I have the 5s but when I handled the 5c it felt like a quality phone to me. Certainly not cheap. My 16 year old daughter is on a 4s until December and she wants a 5c or whatever is out at the time, assuming that apple still sticks with a model like that. She loves the colors and understands that it is still a very good phone internally. She also understands that I'm providing it for her and she will like what I get her.


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    Sounds like your daughter has learned what my daughters have learned - the cell phone is a privilege. This is definitely a "first world" problem...but we have to deal with it nonetheless. Good luck to the OP. Hope she comes around to your way of thinking.
    02-06-2014 04:17 PM
  18. Ron1697's Avatar
    I'm teenager myself so I know how it feels to wanna have the best phone. Considering almost everyone at my school has an iphone. But my parents will never buy me an expensive phone until Income Tax Season! So she is pretty lucky! But yea should talk to her or take her to the store and let her check out both phones and compare them. I think 5c is still a pretty good phone even though its plastic.
    02-06-2014 06:54 PM
  19. pr1nce's Avatar
    This sounds familiar. Do what you think is right. Good luck.


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    02-06-2014 07:25 PM
  20. kataran's Avatar
    What condition is her i4 in the reason I ask is what's worst than a child wanting something expensive is a child that doesn't take any value in what was bought or given to them

    You might be taken her cheap comment the wrong way I don't know but rethink what your thinking upon the actions you experienced with her in the past


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    02-06-2014 07:26 PM
  21. iRiidium's Avatar
    What condition is her i4 in the reason I ask is what's worst than a child wanting something expensive is a child that doesn't take any value in what was bought or given to them

    You might be taken her cheap comment the wrong way I don't know but rethink what your thinking upon the actions you experienced with her in the past


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    She's a spoiled brat, in all honestly. I gave her an iPad 2 a couple of years ago for Christmas and she took it outside to show it off to her friends, dropped it, and cracked the screen. I've made her live with it ever since ...since it still works. Her iPhone 4 is in reasonable condition though. The same condition most 14 year-olds would keep their prized possession of-a-phone in.


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    02-06-2014 07:31 PM
  22. linsiris's Avatar
    I would say: it all depends on the teenager, but judging from what the OP have shared so far, chances are she'll do the same thing (like checking FB, instagram and such) with a 4s, 5c or any other. I think 5c is more young people oriented judging from the color and the material maybe resists a drop better, also what does she need the fingerprint ID for? or the flash? seems like she wants the 5s just for showoff (like more teenagers I guess).
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    02-06-2014 08:55 PM
  23. melbsteve's Avatar
    I'm going to recommend a 16GB 5S OR a 32GB 5C. Her choice. They're the same price in Next payments. She's 14 and the only thing she's gonna do with it is all that social nonsense (Facebook, KIK, Instagram, etc.) She's into music and her data quota is 1GB/month. So she'll need to make an intelligent decision about how much storage she needs. Given that choice, I would take the 32GB 5C (or a G2 or S4). Her choice.


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    totally with you. Sounds like a fair proposal and if she sits down and has a rational moment she opts for the 5C. I have a 5 and a 5C, both look stunning in their own way and I think she would quickly love the colour of her C. They're eye candy and really stand out, also feel very good in your hand. It's good value really.
    02-06-2014 10:33 PM
  24. Dinadivas's Avatar
    i would be happy to say, iphone 5C enough for her :0 at least as teenager she got Iphone -
    didn't have to work for Second Iphone 4 like me
    in my opinion 5c is good, multicolours available and specs are almost enough unless she just wanted to show off
    02-07-2014 04:34 AM
  25. iRiidium's Avatar
    i would be happy to say, iphone 5C enough for her :0 at least as teenager she got Iphone -
    didn't have to work for Second Iphone 4 like me
    in my opinion 5c is good, multicolours available and specs are almost enough unless she just wanted to show off
    The 5c is definitely overkill for her, as is any smartphone. However, she's had an iPhone so we'll keep with that. She's very excited. I'd be lying if I said her excitement doesn't make me excited for her. She wants the 5s so it is what it is.


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    02-07-2014 06:51 AM
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