August 4, 2005
Pre-Teens Phone Home...
Do children really need cell phones? Disney thinks so.
Ralph Nader's Commercial Alert points out:
Companies are starting to market mobile phones to children as young as six years of age. Even the Disney Co. has jumped on the bandwagon. On July 6th, they announced their intention -- in a partnership with Sprint -- to offer wireless telephone service to children 8-12 years of age.There's some additional information to consider:
...about 55 percent of those 13 to 17 [have cell phones]. Studying even younger consumers, the NPD Group of Port Washington, N.Y., finds that 22 percent of those 9 to 11 have phones, while New York-based NOP World Technology estimates 14 percent of 10- and 11-year-olds do.You can read more here. Leave a comment if ya want, but don't think about sending me a text message. I got rid of my cell a year ago.
I decided I could spend my money on better things, namely coffee and cigarettes.