TracFone Phones for kids is the best 1st smartphone way to go! Disclosure: This is a sponsored partnership with TracFone Wireless. All opinions are 100% my own. My 10 year old son Alexander has been begging me and my husband for a smartphone since this past summer. His older brother William got one this summer because he was traveling (a bunch) with his swim team and we wanted to make sure we were always able to get in touch with him (and vice versa). We chose to go ahead with a TracFone Phones plan for William because it made the most sense financially for us. The best part about the TracFone service is that there are no contracts, no bills, no overages, no credit checks or credit cards, & no activation or cancellation fees. It’s easy and most important, it’s practical. Truly – with no contracts and no extra fees to worry about, as well as nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks, we know that we chose the most reliable service for him.
With all that being said, let me get back to my Alexander. He’s been wanting a smartphone – specifically – just to stay in touch with us. We’re that kind of family that is always on the go and always involved in a ton of different activities. With 5 kids, it’s important for us and necessary to utilize car pools and after-school activities. In all honesty, it makes sense to get Alexander a smartphone for our family. Alexander is the child in our family who likes to know where everyone is at all times. If he doesn’t know where I am or my husband or his siblings… he gets nervous. If we’re late picking him up from swimming, he’ll borrow someone’s phone to call me. If the bus is running late home from school, he gets worried that we’ll get worried about him and his brothers (which I do!). With him being involved in so many things right now (swimming, basketball, music, CCD, etc), I know it’s the right time to get him a smartphone and make sure he has the ability to always stay in touch and that we can always get in touch with him, too.
Like for his brother, TracFone Phones was the ONLY service I will use for him. It just makes the most sense and truly is the most practical. We decided to take advantage of TracFone’s BYOP program – which is Bring Your Own Phone – meaning, I got to choose the smartphone I wanted for Alexander, and then bring it to TracFone to get one of the most affordable plans in America on one of the two largest 4G LTE networks.† Once I decided what device I wanted to purchase, I went online to http://bit.ly/TFBYOP to check the compatibility. All I had to do was follow the easy step-by-step instructions and found that the smartphone I selected was a match. I easily selected the SIM card that worked with my phone, and the airtime card that would give me the most affordable and convenient plan for Alexander. We chose the $35 Smartphone Only plan (which is a 90-day no-contract plan with an average monthly cost less than $12/month*) because it comes with just the right number of minutes, texts and data for my son to use on his first smartphone – 500 minutes, 1000 texts and 400 MB of data. Alexander doesn’t need to be using a smartphone like I use mine, so I really appreciate that TracFone has different options that work with different needs.
Truly – this is how easy it was for me to pick out Alex’s phone and get it activated!
For more information about TracFone’s Bring Your Own Phone, please visit: http://bit.ly/TFBYOP.
VIDEO OF MY JOURNEY TO GETTING THE Tracfone Phones – SMARTPHONE/ACTIVATING TRACFONE:
The next step was surprising Alexander! I’m not kidding, I was GIDDY waiting for him to get home! I couldn’t wait to see his reaction because I knew he wasn’t expecting it from me and my husband! He’s such a good boy and I really want to be able to give him that peace of mind in getting in touch with us. Not to mention, I know he’ll get a kick out of texting his buddies and playing some games as we’re on the go!
VIDEO OF SURPRISING ALEXANDER with TracFone Phones:
Pretty amazing reaction, right!!??
The cutest was when he said, “I HAVE A PHONE NUMBER!?” He couldn’t believe me. This truly was one of those pinch me moments for him. I’m excited to see him get some use out of his smartphone and see how it works with our lifestyle. I just love knowing that Alexander has the ability now to get in touch with us whenever he wants to… and that we can do the same. TracFone service really is working in our favor with our son’s 1st smartphone!
†Requires a compatible or unlocked 4G LTE smartphone. Most GSM and CDMA smartphones are compatible. Actual availability, coverage, and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Airtime service plan required for activation.
*Phones and plans sold separately. Airtime Service Plan required for activation. A month equals 30 days. These plans do not triple.
I have been using tracfone for the last 8 years. It’s the best service out there! Your minutes roll over & you get triple minutes when you top up. I have been using mine for my business. My yearly bill is under $160 & yes I have a smartphone.
My problem with this company is the minutes expire after a certain date. I bought one with triple minutes as a stand by. After a year I still had hundreds if minutes but I had to buy more to get more time to use it. Not fair that I have to buy a new use by date when I have hundreds of minutes left
And how do you over protective, helicopter parents think families that existed pre-cell phone survived without talking to their kid every 10 minutes of his life? I grew up in the time of no cell phone and my parents never worried about me or my siblings until it got dark outside. For hundreds of years parents and kids survived without cell phones. Kids don’t need cell phones unless the kid can generate an income stream to pay the monthly phone charges.
We are different people, and I concede that sways my opinion; however, believing your ten year old wants a smartphone solely for the purpose of staying in touch with his immediate family is obtuse. If that were the case, a plain old run-of-the-mill basic phone would serve that purpose. Open your eyes, mom. Your son wants approval from his peers, he wants to surf the web without your prying eyes and he wants to text, snapchat, instagram, etc.
It is my sincerest hope is that in receiving his new smart phone, you laid down very strict rules. Here are some good guidelines for a child that young:
1. You and your husband always have the current passcodes for everything on his phone.
2. On demand, your son turns over the phone to you and your husband to peruse his text messages, call history and web usage.
3. No use of the phone at school.
4. No use of the phone during family time.
5. No using apps of which you do not approve.
6. No using the phone after say 7pm and 7am (set timelines that are convenient for your family).
I promise you your son will do things with that phone you do not approve of or anticipate. And when that happens there should be swift punishment such as taking the phone away for a specified period of time.
I think you were snowed and bullied into making that purchase. But, hey, you made money off the article, right?
No child that age “needs” a phone. Much like President Obama declaring that “everyone” needs a cell phone these days and passing them out like lollipops to those below the poverty line. We all survived without cell phones in our youth, and most of us turned out just fine. While we obviously live in more dangerous times, a smart phone is a powerful tool, and I feel that is all too often overlooked.
I hope your son and his innocence remain intact for as long as possible, but you have considerably shortened his innocence by placing this powerful tool in his hands.
Please, at the very least, download an app on both your sons’ phones such as Life 360, Qustudio, PhoneSheriff or NetNanny to monitor where they are and what they do on those phones. It might save your heartbreak down the road.
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