Originally Posted by wazu
The main reason we are embracing the iPod idea specifically is that his Mom and I both have iPhones. The iOS texting over wifi is nice, and allows us to stay in contact with him directly when he is over at friends' houses without having to give him a cell phone. (Something which I plan to fight for a long, long, long time.)
I planned on fighting it until high school for my kids, but their mom was less committed to that plan and she eventually started lobbying on their behalf. We ended up getting them phones when they turned 11. It turned out to be pretty convenient for us to be able to communicate with them when they were over at friends' houses or whatever. It seemed like a decent age in terms of ability to be responsible and convenience for on-the-go kids in retrospect. Of course, cost is a factor too though.