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When one combines type of plan with voice minutes, the most common combination is a family plan with limited voice minutes – one in three teen cell phone users (34%) are on this type of plan.

One in four teen cell phone users (25%) are on a family plan with unlimited minutes.

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Over half of all teen cell phone users are on family plans that someone else (almost always a parent) pays for entirely—this figure jumps to two-thirds among teens living in households with incomes of $50,000 or more.

At the same time, low income teens are much less likely to be on family plans.

But teens make and receive far fewer phone calls than text messages on their cell phones. White teens typically make or receive 4 calls a day, or around 120 calls a month, while black teens exchange 7 calls a day or about 210 calls a month and Hispanic teens typically make and receive 5 calls a day or about 150 calls a month.

Girls more fully embrace most aspects of cell phone-based communication.

However, with a few notable exceptions, these activities by parents do not seem to impact patterns of cell phone use by teens.

Most schools treat the phone as a disruptive force that must be managed and often excluded from the school and the classroom.

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.

For many teens, the phone gives them a new measure of freedom.

However, some teens chafe at the electronic tether to their parents that the phone represents.

Among teens living in households with incomes below ,000, only 31% are on a family plan that someone else pays for.

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