Just wanted to ask for info on what others may have done or suggestions on what you would do if you were in the same situation. I have 2 kids. 12 and 14. The older one got a cheapie phone 2 years ago for last minute contact from me and the mother figure. Everything worked out great on AT&T using Smart Limits so there were no overages on the plan. And the phone is in perfect condition even after 2 years. So the kid has been really careful and responsible. Even with no case. The younger kid has been begging for a phone for a year or more. Saying they are one of maybe a handful of kids in the entire class that dont have one! Guilt trip I know. But the younger one will have to have a phone by august of this year anyway for when they no longer go to the same school and a single txt to the older ones phone will no longer work to communicate with both. I thought about getting the younger one a phone similar to how I did the first. Buy a sim for an old phone I had laying around and then buy a prepaid phone at one of the local retailers and use that sim in the prepaid phone. No contract, allows to use our family minutes, and I purchased 200 txt plan. I wouldn't mind getting them Iphones. But hate the idea of data plans, contracts, and high cost of initial phone. What have you done or what would you suggest? I am leaning to iphones but want to do it the cheapest method possible. Otherwise I will end up buying a cheap phone and them both an ipod touch. Which puts the costs right up there with a iphone depending on model.