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So we talked about when our kids would get one, but when did you get your first cell phone?
They just weren't available when I was a kid and when they did become available they were those huge bag phones that plugged into the car. They were so expensive that we only had one to share with the family, whoever was driving the furthest away from home was the person who got the phone that day.
The first phone that was my personal phone my husband bought me after we got married, before that I just shared with my parents. I was 24 or 25.
i got one when i moved out of my parents house and started college, i was 18. They were available when i was young, i think i was 8 or 9 when my parents got their cell phone, looking back it was a pretty big monster phone LOL
My dad owned a limousine company, and all the cars had phones in them given the changing nature of the business. So depending, there may have been extra phones from time to time. So I got to use one as my personal phone for a while (about grade 9/10ish?); it was paid for as part of the corporate plan. By grade 11 I had my own - so about 16 years old. I had a job and paid for it myself (it was prepaid). I was pretty lucky and that is not the norm lol.
I was 14. It was a christmas gift, and my parents paid for it most of the time but as I recall I also bought some of the prepaid minutes.... I think it was a huge waste! I had nobody to call, and I rarely went out until I had my drivers licence, so why would I have needed a cell phone.
Once I had my licence texting became the newest big thing and by the time I was 15 or 16 EVERYONE had a cell and was texting! I am happy I had it after I was driving because there was more than one occasion where I needed to call for a tow, or help or directions or something.
More recently I lived with my blackberry (although in hindsight I should have immediately gone with the Iphone) attached to my hip. I slept with it next to my bed, and literally would wake up and check messages, fb, twitter and news feeds before getting up for the day. It was probably one of the most annoying habits I couldn't break.
When we moved I had to get rid of the cell. There are no cell towers in our area, so that means no service for almost an hour's drive. I am nervous about my kids being out without phones, and I don't like driving at night without one, but that's just the way it is