I got my son a phone at the beginning of the summer, he's almost 11 now. I was going to hold out longer, but now that he is allowed to roam a little more I wanted him to have it for safety reasons. He had to earn the phone by doing chores, and by behaving more responsibly. More importantly than the work, I expected him to act more respectfully towards me, by not talking back or complaining every time I asked for help. Well, that didn't last very long, he got the phone taken away within a month, due to his behavior, and he still has not gotten it back. I'm thinking he'll be lucky if he gets it back by next summer.