*shrug* depends on if the person wants one or not, and what their parents decide. I had a crappy prepaid one when I was 10-12. Mainly for keeping in touch with the parentals. I got a nice contract one at 13, within a year we moved which meant new area code, and my parents wanted to get new phones. I didn't care to have one, so I'm 17 now and haven't had one til I bought myself this one a few days ago.