So you want to convince your parents to get you an iPhone? This is no small purchase, but with the right facts and details you can convince your parents that you need an iPhone and that you are responsible enough to use one.
There are trade offs to these arguments, like letting them be able to track where you are, and if this is the first time for an iPhone or especially a smartphone you’ll need to present all sides of the argument for getting an iPhone. This includes convincing your parents that you are responsible, that this is a tool you’ll use for school and one that you know how to use correctly and safely.
We’ll walk through the five areas you need to cover when you try to convince your parents to get you an iPhone. Keep in mind this is an expensive purchase. Even if it is the free iPhone there is a large monthly expense to adding a new line.
You’re best bet is going to be personalizing these reasons to your age and situation and talking to your parents about this when you all have time to spend discussing the pros and cons of getting you an iPhone. If you have enough money saved up, invite them to discuss it over coffee and treat them to coffee using the money you earned, even if it is money you earned from them.
How Much Does the iPhone Cost
Even if you decide to ask your parents for a free iPhone 5c, they’ll be paying around $40 more a month to add a new smartphone line to a shared data plan. That’s almost $500 a year that they’ll be spending just to add your iPhone to a family share plan. If you already use a flip phone or feature phone, the good news is that they’ll only pay about $10 more a month or $120 a year to switch to an iPhone.
You should ask about the type of plan you are currently on and then go online to see approximately how much the iPhone will cost each month and also how much the iPhone you want will cost to buy when you go to the store.
Come to a meeting with your parents with all of the costs for the iPhone worked out, and how you can help pay for this. If you are old enough to get a part-time job, this should help a lot. If you are not old enough for that identify projects you can help with at home or other ways to contribute to the cost.
Don’t underestimate the benefit of fully explaining the cost and outlining how you can help pay for it, even if it is just in work.
How You Can Use the iPhone
Here’s where you really get into convincing your parents to buy you an iPhone. Do research in the app store using a computer to find apps that you can use to help with home work and with hobbies.
There are dozens of great learning apps that you can use on the iPhone for school and also for hobbies and family activities. They will know this is not all about learning, so include how you can use this for games and entertainment as well, and explain why it will replace you asking for something else each month like a new movie, tickets to see some event or a new video game.
Make sure to identify what apps and tools are free and which ones are paid. You can recruit your teachers, and ask them what iPhone apps they recommend for studying so that you can get a better grade. During the meeting, make sure you tell your parents that a specific teacher said this app will help you.
You may not like it, but this is a big selling point for convincing your parents to get you an iPhone. Tell them that they can track your location, share calendars and always be in communication with them.
With Find My Friends, your parents can ask Siri where you are and see your location on a map. You should play up this feature as much as you can, even if you don’t particularly want them to be able to track where you are all the time. They need an iPhone or iPad to use this feature, but there are some other options if they use Android phones.
App Purchases and Spending
With the newest Apple Software they can set up a family to share purchases and to approve your app purchases. They can also give you an allowance for in app purchases and music and movies.
If they set up a family, they will get a notification when you want to buy an app, and they can approve or decline it. This is important to share, as they’ve probably heard stories about kids spending thousands of dollars on in-app purchases.
Let them know that you know how to use the iPhone responsibly and that you understand purchases made in apps and on your iPhone cost real money.
You are a Responsible iPhone User
Depending on your parents, this is potentially the most important part of convincing them to buy you an iPhone. You need to show that you are a responsible user who won’t do things like they see on the news – cyber bullying, spending hundreds on app purchases and sharing inappropriate photos.
You won’t like everything in thisParent to Child iPhone Contract, but show this to your parents and work out a version that suits you and your parents. This includes use of the iPhone, smart behavior and other activities that will go a long way towards showing your parents that you are responsible enough for an iPhone.
Armed with these five steps, you’ll be well on your way to convincing your parents to get you an iPhone.
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