From last year when I was trying to decide if I could get q a phone....he wants one so badly. But last year he was so unstable. He is doing better and still desperately wants a phone. So I decided he has to learn sometime. I took your collective advice and got a $9 tracphone and it was on special with a double minutes for the life of the phone deal, so I bought 60minutes (so 120). and it can last for three months until we need to add. He really has no one to call but me so I know he won't use up many minutes. My sisters will help him practice making and receiving calls by suggesting he call to say hi etc. The phone allows texting but I doubt he will. No camera and no internet on this phone and I bought a card so no credit card for him to easily add minutes. I am writing a simple directions sheet for getting more minutes. He will have three jobs he has to do per week to get the money which will be in an envelope for when its time to go buy a new card. That's my gift to him this year (and some socks and undies and a cool NASCAR book) and Santa is bringing a camera thanks to a friend. He should be pretty darn excited.