My 10 year old DESPERATELY wants a phone. That is ridiculous. She has absolutely no need for a phone. Together we could only come up with one place she could ever need a phone and not have access to one - on the occasions where I drop her off early at her softball field and she is there without her coach/team. Otherwise, there is always a responsible adult around who she could ask to make a call for her in case of an emergency.
Next year when she gets to middle school, she may have more use for a phone, depending on how we handle afterschool, and what she does. But for now, there is no reason.
But in a few years, when it could be helpful, I want to remember to do what this lady did. A mom blogger gave her 13 year old an iPhone for Christmas. And she made him sign this 18-point contract. I LOVE it. It is awesome. I will probably get my kid a prepaid phone with limited access for her first phone, but the idea is fantastic, and I hope to follow it when the time is right!