Our older kids are 8 and 10-years-old. This year, they are attending a charter school about 10 miles away from home. In addition to that they both are playing sports and have church activities and friends. We all of a sudden have 2 kids with busy social lives, especially our oldest. After many discussions, we have decided to get our oldest child a cell phone, if we could find a cheap wireless plan so that we can stay in touch at all times.
Both my husband and I are on Verizon. While we are both happy with our iPhones, we really didn't want to add another phone line to our family plan, and surely didn't want to be stuck in a contract for our 10-year-old.
Walmart Family Mobile
Thankfully we were introduced to Walmart Family Mobile service powered by T-Mobile. The Walmart Family Mobile service offers cheap wireless plans with NO contract and unlimited talk, text and web! How affordable?
For just under $40 a month, I have a direct connection to my 10 year old whenever I need her, plus Walmart Family Mobile offers great family controls. Here are a few of the family control options we have on our kid's cell phone:
- Limit how many minutes or messages can be used by any line on the account
- Block usage at certain times of day
- Set up to ten Always Allowed and Never Allowed numbers for each line
- Block 411
- Receive alerts when lines on your account reach or exceed a Family Controls limit
- Assign another line Parent Line permissions
Learn more about family controls.
Cheap Wireless Plan - Check. Now to find a cell phone. And do we go cell phone or smart phone.....
Samsung GS II
Z and I headed to Walmart and checked out the selections of phone. (view our cell phone shopping adventure) The Walmart Family Mobile program offers a great selection of phones, everything from a basic flip phone to a high-end Samsung Galaxy S 4 to Apple iPhone 5 (yes, you can get the iPhone 5 no contract.) We went middle of the road and bought a Samsung GS II. My sister had this phone and raved about it and now I know why. My husband and I decided that we would rather buy her a smart phone than regular cell phone - one reason is being able to track where she is at.
I will say that the cell phone shopping experience at Walmart was SO much better than any other experience we have had. There was NO pressure to buy a particular phone or plan. There was no up-selling of cases. We were offered a warranty (we declined), but the sales associate was NOT pushy. Setting up the cell phone plan was super easy. I just handed over my driver's license, no credit check and no long term obligation. After we purchased the phone, the sales associate installed the sim card for us and went through basic features of the Samsung Galaxy S II. It took us a total of 20 minutes to walk-in, shop for a phone, buy a phone, get service going and walk out of the store. We had immediate service on the phone. BOOM!
While my husband and I are both iPhone people (he switched over to the dark side) - I am thoroughly impressed with this phone and Android! The biggest hurdles we have had is setting up a Google account for an underage child - but I'll save that and a review of the Samsung GS II for another post.
Walmart Family Mobile Coverage
My Family Mobile, is on the T-Mobile nationwide network. While we are in large metropolitan area, several of our neighbors have complained about cell phone coverage on AT&T. Z hasn't had any issues with coverage, at home, school or here nor there. Kids and Cell Phone SafetyWe've had many conversations with our kids about internet safety and now we are talking a lot of cell phone safety. We also have spent time talking about why we bought her a cell phone, who to give her number to, who not to give her number to, and we also made her sign a kid cell phone contract.
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