Steps to Convince Your ParentsLet us assume that one parent is opposed and the other is either neutral or on like it’s stabbing yourself with an icicle.You need one to coordinate events with your parents, pickups, friends coming over, study sessions, etc.Whenever you find yourself in a situation where having a cell phone would be a major advantage, casually and calmly drop a hint about it. “it sure would be nice if I had my own cell phone right about now…”


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TipsHave a calm and mature attitude about this.Go for the prepaid phone plans like Virgin Mobile, Kajeet or Tracfone. Parents will probably be more likely to spring for plans that eliminate running up a huge bill. True, they may not be the coolest or nicest phones, but, hey, isn’t it better than not having a phone?Any Verizon phone is compatible with their Pre-Pay plan. If other pre-pay services do not offer the phone for you, consider Verizon’s prepay.Tell your parents you feel left out because you can’t go places with your friends.If your parents decide to get you a phone, offer to pay for the phone or part of the bill. This will most likely make them realize that you are mature and responsible and that they made the right choice.Take very good care of your phone if you get it, even if it isn’t the most expensive or cool phone ever. If you aren’t careful, you could end back where you started, and your parents will see that you weren’t mature enough for the responsibility if you lose your phone or break it.Respect your parents' decisions and restrictions when it comes to texting, etc.There are some very good reasons that you shouldn’t get a cell phone that your parents will come up with and some very good ways for you to argue with those reasons. Here are a few:Q: Whatever parties you’ll be going to will be at your friend’s house. Don’t they have a landline?A: Your friend asks “Don’t you have a cell phone?” as you are walking towards the regular phone.Q: Embarassing not to have a cell phone? What horrible names will they call you if they find out that you don’t own one?A: Geek, Baby, Hobo, etc.Q: How many generations survived without cell phones?A: Many generations… without as many drugs, gangs, and(if your mom is the dissenting one) violence inspired by TV and videogames. (She can’t disagree.)If they say “you don’t need one. There’s bound to be a phone where ever you go.” say something like “where? payphones are practically extinct now! when was the last time you saw one this year?”Another last resort is to rack up the bill by texting on your parents’ phones a lot and offer to have them get the unlimited texting plan and add you to their plan while still saving money. For example, if you have a two-line plan on Verizon without unlimited texting for 1400 minutes, get the bill to 125 bucks. Find an excuse, as your friends texted you, you didn’t text them. If your parents tell you to tell them to stop texting you, tell your friends to text you a little more. This will prove that you need an unlimited texting plan, and if you combine this with the previous last resort, you will almost definitely get a cellphone.WarningsDon’t go too far asking because your parents might have financial problemsThere are other valid reasons for kids not to get phones. Many kids do not need them, and dissenting parents generally make good points.Stay calm and don’t beg, whine, or remind them every day about how BADLY you want one.Please, don’t whine or throw a fit! That will only make your parents think you are not responsible enough to have a cell phone. Instead, gently state you're good reasons.If you try to play the major embarrassment card, your parents may think you only want the cell phone as a social toy, not a real tool.If your town does not have any payphones, or very few, this can be used as a key point in the argument. Don’t make it too obvious, otherwise, your parents will just lend you theirs.FYI, sulking about not having one won’t do you any good. Act mature about it and maybe they will realize that you are mature enough to handle a cell phone.Do NOT take your phone to school unless it’s important and it’s okay with your teacher in case if the bus breaks down or if you need something from home and your parents are deaf and you need to text message them. If you need to, tell your teacher that your parent that is at home is deaf and only texts people. It’s a very good reason.Promise that you won’t go over the limit and keep that promise!If you do go over the limit for texting or minutes, insist that you pay the extra money!Things You’ll NeedGood friends to support you whenever the topic comes up with your parents and they are there.