This summer we decided to get Camden a cell phone. We considered the “add a line for $9.99″ deal, but our family plan is already maxed out with 5 lines. We merged plans with my parents and aunt to save money and split the bill. Camden just turned 8 and I knew there would be times when he would ride his bike down to his friends house and I wanted to be able to keep in touch. I want to be able to call him and check in with him. I also want him to be able to call me when he gets there and when he leaves so I know exactly when to expect him.
We decided on a Tracfone. After looking around it seemed to be the best option for us, not to mention the least expensive way to get my kid a phone! I like that there is no contracts, that way if it doesn’t work out or I find that he is abusing this privilege then I can cancel it. No cancelations fees either? Awesome! That means that every bill I get is exactly as it should be…no surprises (click here to hear from real TracFone customers!) Tracfone has everything you need.
We live on the outskirts of town and the service with other providers are hit and miss, but Camden seems to have great coverage (click here to hear from real TracFone customers) and excellent reception/connectivity! He doesn’t drop calls, he is never without service. That kind of reliability (click here to hear from real TracFone customers) is very important when you have a child not at home. Reaching him at any given moment gives me peace of mind. He likes that it’s a nice phone. They have many name brands to choose from like Motorola, LG, Samsung and more. He was able to choose a camera phone, but they also have very simple phones all the way up to Bluetooth®-enabled “Smart” phones. He wanted a smart phone, but mom knows best. I just got one this year, no way my 8 year old is going to get one!
They have all sorts of plans to choose from that range from 200 minutes for under $30.00 to as low as $9.99 for 50 minutes. That’s what we have Camden on. I figure this means he can use his phone at least twice a day for a minute (just the amount of time it takes to check in) 5 days a week, for a month AND have a few minutes left to spare to call a friend. The “All You Need Plan” meets even the needs of heavy phone users with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data. Unlimited Monthly service is only $45, and includes calls, text, picture messaging, and web. That’s only $499.00 for a whole year! 411 calls are included at no extra charge and free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees. They have me hook, line and sinker!
He knows this isn’t a phone for him to call friends and chat. He’s too young for that. This is just a safety net for me and him. If he were to run out of minutes I can go online and pay for additional minutes or buy a card with minutes on it. Those can be found at thousands of retails stores across the country. If it works out we may consider a 1 year service card. Then he would receive double minutes for the life of the Tracfone, and 800 minutes, for only $119.00! You can purchase the “Double minutes for the life of your phone” separately for only $19.99, but some phones include it! International Long Distance is also a service offered, but we won’t be needing that. So now that you’re interested, I highly recommend you check out Tracfone!
Picking a phone is the best part isn’t it? When it comes to phone selection here is what you need to know: • Simple phones for simple needs, calling and texting capabilities for under $10.00 • Great phones packed with features like camera/video recorder, web access, app capabilities, mp3 player, and full QWERTY keyboard, for $29.99 Reconditioned phones are available from $10.00 with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability. Great for young users! For more information on the features these phones offer, please check out these YouTube videos:
So there ya have it! A simple solution to staying in touch with your kids at a price you can afford!