There are a few issues that have people rattled lately and one of them is "Why do the kids have iphones?" If they are so sheltered and so focused on their faith why on earth would any of them but the very oldest of them like John-David and maybe Jana need cellphones, and even then why would they need iphones? Don't they have the internet and the Duggars don't like the internet aren't they being hypocritical? Well I'll address that. Plus, iphones are expensive, and the Duggars are frugal--well I have answers for that too.
Well here are a few ideas, since none of us will ever know the truth, we can sure offer up some conjecture that makes darn good sense:
a) there are 17 people in a house and with landlines, can you imagine the wait to call their friends? Yes they are allowed to have friends! During the episode with them introducing Josie on the "Today" show, Jinger said she called her friends to ask if they noticed her taking Jordyn off camera when Jordyn got fussy. So there's one reason why--they call their friends.
b) so they can keep track of each other--right now they are a bit scattered--Josh has moved out and married, John-David and Joseph are living back at their main home in Springdale and Mom and Dad are frequently at the hospital. This way they can all keep track of each other, support each other, and just call to say "I love you" and "please pick up some milk on the way home."
c) as for them being iphones and having the internet--just because a cell phone offers an application doesn't mean you have to have it activated. I have a simple Motorola Razr (yes oldschool!) that offers camera and internet access. We don't pay for either service, therefore we don't get either service. My phone simply places and receives phone calls--imagine that! You can do that with an iphone too! Since we've seen them texting I'm willing to bet that they have the texting feature. But that doesn't mean they have internet. If they do, you can bet it's filtered to within an inch of it's life! You can filter iphone internet, just ask Dave Ramsey! The Duggars allow only about 75 approved websites on their home computers and if someone wants to go beyond those, they have to get the password entered by either Michelle or Jana and then have someone sitting with them to chaperone while they are "going rogue." There is no way their iphones are internet capable without being highly filtered.
d) as to where the iphones came from that could be anywhere---the Duggars have a cellphone tower on their land--is it an ATT tower? do they get free minutes? Did the phones come from ATT as a product placement for the show? Did TLC give them the phones to use as part of the production only to use during production, afterall Jim Bob is listed as a Producer, that offers some perks. Or they could have been purchased used, reconditioned, and they may be the original old style iphones, not the new fancy ones. No one has seen them up close.
e) also texting each other within the family especially can be cheaper on a phone plan than actually calling...my niece's plan has unlimited texting but very few calling minutes and she prefers you text her....so you just never know what they have, who is providing it, and what the thought process is.
It could be a temporary situation while they are in Little Rock. The phones you see the kids using could be "family phones" not each kids own phone, as well. Just because you saw Jinger using a phone and Josiah using a phone doesn't mean they each have their own phone.
Once again, just because the Duggars are believers in the literal translation of the Bible, doesn't mean they have to live as if it was still that time in history. They can dress in modern, if modest clothing, they can drive cars, they can have a nice home, they can use medicine and doctors, and they can appreciate modern technology. Even Charles Ingalls appreciated advancing technology when he had his wheat harvested and he did buy his wife a sewing machine!