We have visitors from overseas this month who are traveling around central Canada this week. Of course, they each own mobile phones from their home country but we all know how painful roaming fees can be.
So, just as I own a half dozen SIM cards for my trips, they are now the proud owners of a Canadian pre-paid SIM.
But that isn’t the point of today’s story.
They forgot to take their charger with them for this week’s side trip. As a result, we had trouble reaching them yesterday; battery life was being conserved for emergency purposes. After last night’s consultation, we determined that the phone uses the standard micro-USB so it shouldn’t be much effort to borrow a plug for a top-up.
As we discussed airport pick-up arrangements and what we do if the phone runs out of power, it made us reflect on what we did “in the olden days”. Of course we all survived, but it is a lot easier with the variety of portable communications devices that nearly all of us carry.
Which raises the question being asked by CTIA today: what is the right age for children to get their first cell phone? The various stores and carriers have launched Back-to-School specials and product introductions. My kids had phones in high school, but I think in today’s world, I would want them to have phones even earlier. I have family overseas who equipped their kids with a phone in primary school.
I’d be interested in your comments and discussion.