It’s tough to know what the right age is to buy kids a mobile phone (cell phone). However sooner or later you’re going to have to get them one!
As their friends start to get them one by one your teenager will begin to feel increasingly left out. The trick is to buy an appropriate phone with a suitable call plan. An expensive iPhone with a sizable monthly contract fee is not going to be a good choice here!
Buying a Phone for Teenagers
So you think they are ready for their first phone, or perhaps an upgrade to something more functional? Picking out something that will keep them happy is going to be a tough challenge but we hope we can offer a few tips.
Here are our top tips for buying a phone for kids:
- You might want to restrict younger children to a limited feature phone, this ensures they can’t download inappropriate apps or get into trouble taking video clips.
- If you are looking at a more advanced smart phone then an Android powered handset would be a good choice. Android powered phones are getting much more affordable and allow access to a vast range of applications that will keep any teen happy.
- Many phone manufacturers tap into the teen market with fun designs and built in social networking features. These should make a great choice.
Picking the right Phone Deal
Unless your teenager has a part time job, or you are comfortable paying a monthly bill on their behalf (you must be brave!) then you’ll be looking at Pay as You Go Phone deals.
This allows your teenage son/daughter to top up their credit as and when they chose to do so. By putting them in control they soon learn that it is their responsability to use credit wisely. If they spend to much, mum and dad aren’t left with a large bill to pay off!
Most teenagers will want to have access to the many social network websites out there, FaceBook, YouTube, etc so it might be worth picking a Pay as You Go deal that also includes data usage. Without a specific allowance in the plan you sign up to browsing the Internet mobile network can get expensive quickly and they’ll find their funds will drain away quickly.
Where to buy a Birthday Phone:
Like the idea of buying someone a mobile phone? You know this is one gift that they’ll really thank you for!