This post brought to you by Republic Wireless. All opinions are 100% mine.
This is a question I have been asking myself since my 13-year-old was 12 and headed off to middle school. Almost every day he game home telling my about how all the other kids had cell phones, and not just cell phones, smartphones! Is this really true? Are 13-year-old’s really walking around with smartphones? I’ll be honest, one of the main things keeping me from letting Joshua have a cell phone in the past was the prohibitive cost of most plans. Heck, it is the same thing keeping me from having a full-time cell phone. Republic Wireless is out to change all that now with their $19 per month cell phone plan though.
What? Yes, I did just say $19 per month cell phone plan, and not only that, but it is an unlimited talk, text and web plan too. Crazy, I know! That is exactly why I am now considering “Should a 13-year-old have a cell phone?” The cost is no longer prohibitive, and I am sure I could find a way for him to work off the $19 per month that the monthly plan from Republic Wireless costs, so it all comes down to whether I think he is mature enough for it or not I guess.
There is also the initial cost of the phone to consider too. The Republic Wireless plan works with the Motorola DEFY CT smartphone. The phone costs $199, and offer a ton of features like other top smartphones on the market. Features like:
- Front-facing VG Webcam
- Rear-facing camera with auto-focus, LED flash and 4x digital zoom
- Access to over 450,000 apps in the Google Play Store
- Android operating system with wi-fi and Sprint 3G coverage with dual band reception
Sounds like the perfect starter smartphone right? I must admit, I am a little terrified of giving him that much freedom to photograph, video, and share himself with the world at this age, but it boils down to trust and responsibility. I am still undecided, but if I were to get him a smartphone, the Motorola DEFY XT is right in Christmas present price range, and the $19 per month Republic Wireless unlimited plan is definitely affordable.
So, what do you think? Does your 13-year-old have a cell phone?