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Old Dec 21, 2012, 08:06 AM   #26
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Im happy for her as well...gave my 15 year old one for her 15th birthday....she babies it.... just get her a protective case for it so she can keep it nice.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 08:07 AM   #27
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Did you check the phone to see if it is scuffed or nicked? There's been a lot of those.

Yes, some have had microscopic cosmetic issues and if there is actually an issue you can see with the naked eye then you can exchange. This site is the worst when it comes to deciding whether or not there is a widespread issue with anything Apple-related.

That is a nice gift. My nephew is about her age and call me old, but it has been decided that he is too young for a smart phone.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 09:53 AM   #28
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Nothing better than start the young ones on consumerism.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 02:28 PM   #29
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 02:41 PM   #30
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I was going to say wow..that's a bit rich...
but then i realized when I was 13 I got a nokia 7250 for my birthday...pretty much 2003's equivalent of an iphone.
kids' gifts are far from the old wives' tale of socks for christmas. and it has been far removed from that for a long time.
kids are indeed expensive, I gotta get over that some day.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 02:44 PM   #31
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I was going to say wow..that's a bit rich...
but then i realized when I was 13 I got a nokia 7250 for my birthday...pretty much 2003's equivalent of an iphone.
kids' gifts are far from the old wives' tale of socks for christmas. and it has been far removed from that for a long time.
kids are indeed expensive, I gotta get over that some day.
haha yeah, I remember when it was like a nintendo ds or psp for christmas. Now it's ps3's and iPhone's and iPad's. Kids are spoiled these days.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 02:47 PM   #32
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I bought my daughter an iPod 32g, me and my wife we been talking about return the iPod and get an iPhone. It's cheaper but my bill will go up by 30 bucks and I don't know if I'm ready for that since she only uses the internet (WiFi) at home. I really don't know what to do.

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This was my first cellphone back in 1992 when I started working (company phone)...


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Old Dec 21, 2012, 02:47 PM   #33
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My 14 year old daughter used my iPhone 3 GS for 3 years and took very good care of it. I originally had our home phone number ported over to a cell phone because everyone in our household had a cell and the landline was never used.

She started out only taking the phone with her when she went to a friend's house or stayed after school for sports or chess club. She was very responsible and did not abuse having the cell phone with her. She is mature for her age. (She attends a small private school and has 4 older siblings) I have raised her to appreciate all she has.

She now has the iPhone 5. She understands it is an expensive piece of technology and that she is very fortunate to own one. She is not spoiled. She earns the usage of the phone by doing chores and keeping her grades up and attitude proper.

I also passed down my first gen iPad when I upgraded. She uses it for drawing, writing short stories, homework (as she is able to print wirelessly) as well as watch vides and play games. Technology is a great thing and I think our youth should learn to use it responsibly.

Only you know your child and if she is responsible enough to own one. I read a lot of negativity here on kids having iPhones or iPads and many of these people either do not have kids or are still living in the past. I did not own a cell until I was 26. My older kids ( ages 27, 25, 23 ) got their first cell phone when they started driving. (Those phones were dinosaurs compared to the phones of today), and were pay as you go.

Times have changed and new technology is available and constantly progressing. We have an iMac, 3 Apple TV's and an Air in our house and I want my daughter to be capable of using this wonderful technology, competently. I am not one of those people who say "When I was that age" because when I was that age, things were different. I want to give my kids advantages I did NOT have at that age.
Well said. I'm 18, got my first phone at ~12, still remember it being a flip phone. Times surely have changed.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 05:53 PM   #34
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:06 PM   #35
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iPhones at 13! The other guy says he had a pager at 13!

gah!

I'm 32. in 1993, if i would have asked my mom for a pager, i'd have received the back of her hand.

I don't know exactly how we will go about this when we have kids, but my fiance and I have talked about this a lot. I don't want a zombie teenager sitting around texting friends all day.
But i do love the educational aspect tech can bring. I guess i'll cross that bridge....
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 06:59 PM   #36
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Lucky daughter! She will absolutely love the phone.

This Christmas I have bought my parents an iP5. I hope they love it. It's the white 16gb.

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This was my first phone
Did it scuff easily? LOL

Your post (the picture) made me chuckle.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:00 PM   #37
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I believe 13 is too young for an iphone 5.

Would be interested to know how things work out in a few months time
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:00 PM   #38
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Damn, kids grow up fast these days, when I was thirteen about 4 years ago in 2008 I was in my 8th grade year of middle school and I was still playing pokemon occasionally. someone stole my iPod touch and it was hard enough convincing my mom to get me an iPhone.I had a little red prepaid samsung phone for T-Mobile I think lmao even though my mom is on AT&T. I barely even used the phone, I didn't even know the number for it.
you speak as if you are not still a kid yourself lol
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:01 PM   #39
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iPhones at 13! The other guy says he had a pager at 13!

gah!

I'm 32. in 1993, if i would have asked my mom for a pager, i'd have received the back of her hand.

I don't know exactly how we will go about this when we have kids, but my fiance and I have talked about this a lot. I don't want a zombie teenager sitting around texting friends all day.
But i do love the educational aspect tech can bring. I guess i'll cross that bridge....
haha - i am 32 aswell, and I didnt get a cell phone until I bought one for myself at the age of 25. I was one of the people that said "ill never get a cell phone"...but then I needed one for work. now i have just a cell and no landline. things have changed ALOT in the last 10-20 years.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:04 PM   #40
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I don't know exactly how we will go about this when we have kids, but my fiance and I have talked about this a lot. I don't want a zombie teenager sitting around texting friends all day.
But i do love the educational aspect tech can bring. I guess i'll cross that bridge....
It can be a good thing, it is nice to be able to always get a hold of them when you need to and it becomes something that can be used as a carrot and a stick.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:05 PM   #41
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Did you check the phone to see if it is scuffed or nicked? There's been a lot of those.
yea, not quite sure how this is relevant to the thread's topic


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Yes, some have had microscopic cosmetic issues and if there is actually an issue you can see with the naked eye then you can exchange. This site is the worst when it comes to deciding whether or not there is a widespread issue with anything Apple-related.

That is a nice gift. My nephew is about her age and call me old, but it has been decided that he is too young for a smart phone.
Indeed, not sure why he posted that
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yea, not quite sure how this is relevant to the thread's topic
I bought a phone as a gift, and the carrier offers a 14 day return only. i got the phone like a month ago, so I HAD to open it and inspect it. I can see how it's relevant if you're gifting it passed the return date.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:30 PM   #43
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you speak as if you are not still a kid yourself lol
Legally yes I am, to everyone else I look like a fully grown adult lol
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:31 PM   #44
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iPhones at 13! The other guy says he had a pager at 13!

gah!

I'm 32. in 1993, if i would have asked my mom for a pager, i'd have received the back of her hand.

I don't know exactly how we will go about this when we have kids, but my fiance and I have talked about this a lot. I don't want a zombie teenager sitting around texting friends all day.
But i do love the educational aspect tech can bring. I guess i'll cross that bridge....
How else was my mom going to get ahold of me when she was the only parent and I was off adventuring with friends? This was in 2000.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:34 PM   #45
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Wow, some of you in here make me feel old. I'm 23 going on 24. When I was 13, I had a CD player and my parents would buy me blank CDs to burn stuff to play on it. Text messaging wasn't common until like my sophomore year of high school. None of my friends even start texting until after graduation, so I didn't even get that experience, haha.

The smartphone plans are too expensive on AT&T, and that's why I told my parents to not get my brother an iPhone, even on the family and share plans. He already broke his iPod Touch once, and doesn't really manage it well, so that was the other thing. I don't want him to get sidetracked with apps and games too, he already has problems focusing to begin with.

I hope your daughter enjoys the iPhone. Hopefully you'll be a responsible parent too. There seems to be a lot of parents coming in here that want to block everything on their kids phone, but ignore educating them on responsibility and things they shouldn't be doing online.
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Old Dec 21, 2012, 07:50 PM   #46
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I didn't get my first phone until ~ 8th grade or so. Certainty no where around the time when I still believed in Santa, though, haha.
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There are a lot of jealous people here... Big deal, a 13 year old gets an iPhone for Christmas, kudos to her

All I had back in 1992 at the age of 13 was a cassette collection, no fancy devices

OP I hope she enjoys her Christmas gift.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 01:35 AM   #48
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Due to my superhuman powers of deductive reasoning I would say it's because (1) this is an iPhone forum and (2) it's nearly Christmas.

Please let me know if my logic is flawed.
Your logic is flawed in the fact that you think we care what you get your kids for Christmas. Not trying to be a jerk but you asked.
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Your logic is flawed in the fact that you think we care what you get your kids for Christmas. Not trying to be a jerk but you asked.
I'm not the one who posted this thread and I don't have kids.
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13 tbh is to young for an iphone, i have 3 cousins that are 10 and 13, both have payg blackberry curves, think thats a perfect phone for there age.

then again if ya have the money to spend on your kids, go for it.

i probably would have got a bb curve and got them a wii u
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