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1 out of 4 elementary, junior high kids own cell phone.

TOKYO, March 6 Kyodo

One out of four elementary and junior high school students surveyed in the Tokyo metropolitan area have their own mobile phones, according to a survey released Tuesday by NTT DoCoMo Inc.

The survey was conducted from December through January on 600 students, between fifth-grade at elementary school and second-grade at junior high school.

Of these, 147 students, or 24.5%, said they had their own mobile phones, the survey showed.

It showed 19.3% of elementary school pupils and 29.7% of junior high school students own mobile phones. It said 32.7% of female junior high school students have their own phones.

As for reasons for having them, 47.6% said a mobile phone had become a necessary item, while 41.5% said their parents forced them to carry one.

The average monthly cost for using a mobile phone was about 3,700 yen, but 6.1% of the students said they pay between 7,000 yen and 10,000 yen per month.
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