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Old 05-01-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Help me pick a new phone for DD13...

She's 13 and of course she wants an IPhone but....

she loses things
and where we live she'd have to pay a minimum of $45 per month for an IPhone plan, but she really only needs unlimited text and emergency phone calls ie. less than 50 minutes per month. She needs access to wifi hotspots and she'd really like a front facing camera. And she'd like a small phone -- the samsung sIII size just doesn't work for her.

We're ok with buying refurbished, or unlocked -- it just has to be the right phone. She was really interested in the Samsung Fame which was launched in February, but so far nobody is carrying it in Canada. It's available on Amazon, unlocked, though so we might go with that.

But are there other phones out there that would be just as good or better?

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:24 PM   #2
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She's 13 and of course she wants an IPhone but....

she loses things
and where we live she'd have to pay a minimum of $45 per month for an IPhone plan, but she really only needs unlimited text and emergency phone calls ie. less than 50 minutes per month. She needs access to wifi hotspots and she'd really like a front facing camera. And she'd like a small phone -- the samsung sIII size just doesn't work for her.

We're ok with buying refurbished, or unlocked -- it just has to be the right phone. She was really interested in the Samsung Fame which was launched in February, but so far nobody is carrying it in Canada. It's available on Amazon, unlocked, though so we might go with that.

But are there other phones out there that would be just as good or better?

TIA
You don't need a special iphone plan anymore. I have 2 iphones and a Blackberry on our family plan. We're with Rogers.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:52 PM   #3
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Get her an iPhone. If not you will hear about her wanting one every single day until you get her one. I finally gave in after 2 years. It's peaceful now.
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Get her an iPhone and make her agree to the Find Your Friends app. Then when she loses the phone you can locate it anyway.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:15 AM   #5
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Get her an unlocked iPhone & put it on a prepaid phone plan.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:18 AM   #6
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My DD14 just got the Iphone 5 for her bDay.

ONE DAY into it, and it went off in class .. It has been 2 weeks that it has been confiscated.. I think I am suffering more than her..

She also loses things, but we got the insurance at 10$ per month for both our kids, and thankfully we did so. My son lost his twice. Maybe that is an option?
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My DD14 just got the Iphone 5 for her bDay.

ONE DAY into it, and it went off in class .. It has been 2 weeks that it has been confiscated.. I think I am suffering more than her..

She also loses things, but we got the insurance at 10$ per month for both our kids, and thankfully we did so. My son lost his twice. Maybe that is an option?
Poor girl!

We did the ins. plan for our kids too. I would be to nervous without it.
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Poor girl!

We did the ins. plan for our kids too. I would be to nervous without it.
I know.. She was used to the BlackBerry, so the buttons to shut off were new..
Rules are rules, but honestly I worry more. She takes the bus and metro (Subway) and usually sent me a text when she got there, and another after school. With all the bomb threats here, it often goes down.. I had to collect her twice last month.

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You don't need a special iphone plan anymore. I have 2 iphones and a Blackberry on our family plan. We're with Rogers.
Sounds like we're with the wrong carrier. Virgin is still requiring the special plan for the IPhone and also for the Blackberry. I seriously don't want to pay for data since she doesn't have time to use it while in school and we have free wifi where we stay all summer.

Gonna have to figure out whether we'd save more by moving her, since her calls to her dad (who's on Virgin) would no longer be free.
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Get her an iPhone. If not you will hear about her wanting one every single day until you get her one. I finally gave in after 2 years. It's peaceful now.
Yep. And now all I hear is "I told you so" because I love the iPhone.

Not sure how the insurance works, but if I bought the insurance through Verizon it was more costly and covered lost/stolen. The Apple insurance is less expensive but does not, but I believe it covers repairs to your phone where Verizon will give you someone else's refurbished phone.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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I took her to the mall to look at IPhones and she decided to buy.... the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2x, because it was the smallest phone on Virgin that had a front facing camera. Because after passing all the shops with all the cool clothes in them, she decided she didn't want to spend ALL of her money on a phone.

So we went home with a phone and a couple of shopping bags since the phone was covered by the SuperTab and I didn't have to pay anything.

My DD is a smart girl
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