My son finally said, “Mom, ev-er-y-one has a phone in school but me.” Usually, I’m not too susceptible to these highly-advanced persuasion techniques, but he got me this time. 😉
This summer, my son took my husband’s phone when he went to our downtown area with one of his buddies. I was frantically trying to get the phone set up so I could track him while he was gone. He comes up to me and says, “Hey, are you tracking me?” #caughtintheact 🙂 So, I told him, “If I was sending a million dollars on a bike to our downtown, I would track it. You are worth way more to me than that!” (It worked, and I was totally was off the hook! Use that line if you want to! ha!)
So, I understand the necessity for having a phone, but I also have a few concerns/misgivings about the whole phone thing:
- Am I enabling him to have unlimited video game/ texting / surfing time, once he has a phone?
- What about the EASY access to porn on the web?
- What is the cheapest plan we can find, that enables us to use our old phones?
- How can I give my kids access to us when they need it?
So, we have decided to do a FAMILY PHONE. We will have the kids share a phone to keep it from being something they feel like they can be on all the time. A simple (& cheap) phone with calling/texting capabilities. (Gasps from the audience – What? No internet? Can you even do that? Oh yes, yes you can! :)) Our other concern is the monthly fee. We don’t need or want another cell phone bill. Do you want to know what cell phone plan we love for ourselves? Read all about it here.
…much research later…
THE BEST PLAN (for our family): Pay As You Go T-Mobile
We are doing a bare-bones plan for our kids with no access to the internet. The great thing about T-Mobile is that they have excellent coverage, lightning fast internet, they make it easy to bring your own phone, and they have improved customer service. And seriously, the price can’t be beat!
The monthly plan: $3/month – includes 30 minutes or 30 texts per month. No overages, just $0.10/text after the 30/month limit. You can purchase a plan with internet, but we are not. If you NEED to have access every once in a while for a day or two, you can purchase high speed 4G internet for $5/day on the $3 plan.
The phone: FREE (using our old iPhone)
SimCard: $3.99 I purchased a sim card on the T-Mobile site – it was on a limited time sale for only $3.99. (Regular price is $20)
PRICE PER YEAR: $39.99 (what?! I didn’t think that was possible!)
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is NO tracking if you are not using internet on your phone, so this might not be the plan for you.
T-Mobile – They are right in there with the budget companies like Virgin & Boost. Check out their prices for the $30 or $40 plans.
TING – very budget friendly, allows you to bring your own phone, great customer service, easy app to track your usage. Not so great if you use TONS of data.
I loved this great resource, if you would like more information on cell phone plans. They do the hard work of reviewing them for you and allow you to compare. Good stuff!
I hope this helped you find a family-friendly, budget-friendly, kid-friendly phone for your family! If you liked this post, please share on your social media and sign up for our newsletter, so you never miss another great parenting post like this one!
(This is not an affiliate post – purely my own findings.)
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