If your current phone consists a pair of tin cans with little bits of string, this guide will have you chatting it up in style once you get past that stubborn mother.
- Step 1: Be responsible with other things in your life such as chores, school work, and any other responsibilities. This is the best way to earn your parents' trust.
- Step 2: Talk about the GPS that allows a parent to track where their kids are by using a computer. It may be a drag but it's a small price to pay for a little more freedom.
- FACT: In 2010, the average American got between 12 and 18 months of use out of their cellphone before purchasing a new one.
- Step 3: Ask other parents whose teens have cellphones to talk to your mom or dad about the benefits, especially about when they've used the phones in an emergency situation.
- Step 4: Stress the ability to communicate better and reach you anywhere, anytime.
- Step 5: Agree to any term or condition, no matter how stiff, if your mother agrees to get you a cellphone. She will eventually lessen the restrictions later if you follow the rules.
- TIP: Try a testing or probationary period for your own cellphone if you follow the rules.
- Step 6: Offer to pay for the cellphone yourself and research the costs of a family plan -- multiple phones on one account can actually save your parents some dough.