Among those texters: Calling is still a central function of the cell phone for teens and for many teens, voice is the primary mode of conversing with parents.Among cell-owning teens, using the phone for calling is a critically important function, especially when it comes to connecting with their parents.
Fully two-thirds of teen texters say they are more likely to use their cell phones to text their friends than talk to them to them by cell phone.
There are a variety of payment plans for cell phones, as well as bundling plans for how phone minutes and texts are packaged, and a variety of strategies families use to pay for cell phones.
Teens’ use of cell phones is strongly associated with the type of plan they have and who pays the phone bills.
Still, for some teens, using the internet from their mobile phone is “too expensive.” Teens from low-income households, particularly African-Americans, are much more likely than other teens to go online using a cell phone.
This is a pattern that mirrors Pew Internet Project findings about adults and their cell phones. Parents and teens say phones make their lives safer and more convenient.