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How do you decide when it’s time to get your kids a phone? I have to admit that I was very hesitant, I had the mind set that they would not get a phone until they could pay for it them on their own.
In my head, that would be around age 16 to 18 years old. Seriously, my phone bill is $120 a month, they were not going to be able to swing that kind of monthly payment for a quite a while. I know they probably don’t need all the bells and whistles that I have on mine but we are still talking serious money for a kid to come up with for a phone. We would need to find a cheap wireless plan if they were ever going to get a phone.
My oldest son started to ask me about phones and when he would be able to have one. His friends were starting to have them and he was thinking his time for a phone was here too. I explained how much they cost and how we just couldn’t pay that kind of money for him to have a phone to call friends and Mom.
I decided to look online just to see what was really out there for phones and confirmation that I was right about prices. I was shocked with what I found! Not only am I overpaying by A LOT on my own phone but I can get a pretty great deal on a phone with Walmart Family Mobile. So, I started reading and researching about their plans and phones and found that they have the lowest price rate plan that I could find.
Sure, the monthly plans are affordable, they are only $29.88 a month, but were are the hidden fee’s, how much was the pone and are they unlimited plans?
I looked into a pretty basic phone, my son certainly didn’t need a smartphone of any type. So, the Alcatel looked like a great first option. It was not a touch screen and had a slide out keyboard for him to use. I think this would be pretty easy for him to figure out.
After you pick out your phone, you need to buy and activation card to get started, this was only $25 as well.
Another big question I had was their coverage area. I thought for such an inexpensive price, you may only be able to use the phone in a big city or specific areas. I was pleased to find out that the coverage in Minnesota was fabulous!
I also had questions about parental controls and if there were any available with Walmart Family Mobile. I found that there were lots of options for me to control when he gets calls and texts and by who. I can even block certain numbers, control the amount of minutes he can talk and number of texts he can send. I love that!
What was the verdict after all the research on this phone? Although I was hesitant at first, we got him a phone. He was heading to middle school and we decided that getting a phone for this transition and the new school year would be ok to try out.
With the Walmart Family Mobile plan, you pay monthly so there are no contracts you are tied to. If the phone doesn’t work out in a month or so, we just stop. You can see more information on my Google+ Shop.
This cheap wireless plan made a great choice for my son’s first phone, this is a price that he can help pay for and it won’t break the bank.
Be sure to check back next month and get the details on how the phone is working out for us!
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