I am not criticizing, just wondering. My youngest dd bought her first cell phone with her own money at the age of 7, she had enough with her (unbeknownst to me) to pay for the phone and purchase additional minutes. After that point she did odd jobs for neighbors, friends and family to pay for minutes when she needed them, or offered to do extra chores around our house in exchange for me purchasing minutes. Since she had proven to be responsible and her amount of money being spent each month was well over the additional $10 it would cost to add her to our plan, we decided to surprise her this past Xmas with a phone and being added to our plan. She still does a few additional chores to "earn" or contribute to her portion of the bill. Now she is starting to talk about, ask about and drool over smartphones when she is eligible for her upgrade (2 years from this past Xmas). I have basically come to the conclusion on that issue as being-my husband and I have a smartphone because we are adults and he is able to afford that luxury for us (and yes, we consider it a luxury since we grew up with a corded phone, attached to a wall, and a rotary dial). She will only be not quite 11 at that point and I really don't see how her phone needs are so great that she will need a smartphone. So I kind of said, if you want a smartphone, I have no problem with you being on our plan, but in order for me to be willing to let you have a data plan added, you will have to pay me for one years worth of data fee's in advance-$360.
So is that unrealistic? Unfair? Or am I just not at that point with a tween/teen to see the need for it?