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I guess this is because I am getting older, but I have a flip-type phone for emergencies only; it can't really do the other smart functions, I believe it is 3G (I don't know if the G is phone dependent, or if every phone is automatically updated to a 4), and I don't play games or anything else (it does text, which I recently learned to do for emergencies, although I have no idea how people are patient enough to text). I'm reluctant to enter the phone generation because I probably would become addicted to it (I'd like to hope not, but still). I can understand a younger person feeling the need to have one, but I must say, even when I was (relatively younger, like 10/15 years ago, whenever phones were a total growth industry) and contemplating getting a phone, I think my preference would have been for a flip one that I can open and that was big; I even looked into the Jitterbug at the time in case I needed to get one for work. I don't like the small phones.

Kathleen, your child may not have had a peer-approved phone, but I'm betting the child's portfolio had some Apple stock...better to buy them stock as opposed to other kinds of presents, especially at very young ages, I always say. I wish some brokerage companies would offer gift cards, especially in this new time of $0 commission (which is awesome)…

Getting back to Apple, the age-compression stats are very interesting. I think Apple can reinvigorate its hardware line, but I am looking to services/streaming for the next several years as a catalyst...
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