This. There’s 5 years between OPs youngest son and his daughter. As phones have become more common, younger kids have had them, and if his daughter will be away from home 9 Years Old Birthday Boy Astronaut Gifts Space 9th B-Day T-Shirt for a period of time, it makes sense to make sure that she can contact him. They aren’t losing anything. They just didn’t need phones at the same age, and even in 5 years, shit changes. This isn’t about favoritism and you said it yourself: you couldn’t afford these perks when the boys were younger.
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For the record, lots of families have experienced the same thing – as parents get older, their incomes get higher and so life gets more comfortable for the whole family. It’s not that just didn’t do that for your sons when you could.Getting your daughter a phone was for a specific, practical reason.9 Years Old Birthday Boy Astronaut Gifts Space 9th B-Day T-Shirt Sounds like the boys might be having a bit of a time adjusting or perhaps insecure? Maybe some father-son bonding time is in order? Perhaps, the split was when they were very young so I don’t know.
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Maybe those feelings your sons are having are carrying over from their moms house since her stepson gets to use their things, so they’re already sensitive to the issue of differing standards with the younger half/step siblings. It might be something to talk to them about. NTA but I feel so bad for your son’s. I think the feel left out. Like you said your son need to share his laptop with his stepbrother eventhough he doesn’t want to(I think in their mom’s house they need to share everything 9 Years Old Birthday Boy Astronaut Gifts Space 9th B-Day T-Shirt and don’t have things for their own.) and to hear his half-sister get a phone at a young age (I remember when i wasn’t allowed do dye my hair at the age of 14 but my sister was allowed when she was 13 I was so jealous about it but got over it really quickly)