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Prepaid Cell Phone Plans for Children

Updated on July 4, 2012
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In today's society families are running around from place to place like a bunch of maniac. This is especially true for families with multiple children. You find yourself having to juggle work, school, school activities, sports, and what ever else is thrown into this chaotic mix. How do you keep track of each other amidst the chaos? For most of us it is through our cell phones. A prepaid cell phone is great to give your child to reach you if you can not always be present.

Prepaid Cell Phone Companies

There are many companies that offer prepaid cell phone plans. Each company offers different services in different price ranges.

  1. AT&T
  2. Tracfone
  3. BoostMobile
  4. Verizon
  5. And Others

Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

AT&T Go Phone has many plan options to meet your everyday needs. You can choose from monthly unlimited plans to daily usage plans. Here are a few examples of the plans they offer:

  • $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan
  • $25 Monthly Plan
  • $2 Daily Unlimited Plan
  • $ .10/minute Plan

TracFone is America's #1 prepaid wireless provider with more subscribers than any other prepaid company. They offer the following plans:

  • Pay as you go - requires you to purchase phone cards to add air time
  • No contract monthly plans - Monthly Plans for both individuals and families.

T-Mobile has a number of no contract plans to choose from. They include:

  • Monthly 4G Plans perfect for checking email, web surfing, and staying close to your social networks.
  • Prepaid Pay By The Day which is great for talking, texting, web surfing, etc.
  • Prepaid Pay As You Go keeps you connected for less.

Verizon Wireless Prepaid offers prepaid services for both cell phones and tablets.

  • Prepaid $50 Unlimited - 30 day monthly plan for talk, text, and web.
  • Pay As You Go - lets you talk and text from basic devices.
  • Prepaid Jetpack - allows internet access to up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.
  • Prepaid Tablets - allows you to use your tablet whenever, wherever for just $20.
  • Prepaid $80 Plan - 30 day plan for web, video, apps, and more on a Smartphone.

BoostMobile offers both monthly and daily prepaid plans. Some plans even offer the chance to lower your monthly payment by making payments on time each month.

  • $50 Monthly Unlimited - talk, text, email, 411 with shrinking payments.
  • $55 Android Monthly Unlimited
  • $60 Blackberry Monthly Unlimited
  • $45 Talk and Text Unlimited
  • Daily Unlimited - Pay just $2 per day
  • BlackBerry Daily Unlimited - Pay just $3 per day.

Benfits of Prepaid Cell Phones for Children

You can save money by choosing the prepaid phone that best fits your child's needs. You can base a large percentage of your decision on the age of your child and what services they will most likely need to use. If the phone is only to contact you after practice you would benefit from purchasing a voice plan only on your prepaid phone. If you have an older child that is able to be given more responsibility you can add other plans which would allow them to text and surf the web. If you do not want to purchase a monthly plan, you can purchase the pay as you go plans that most prepaid companies offer. You may want to inform your child that when they run out of minutes it is their responsibility to purchase new minutes if the month is not over yet. This will teach them to use their cell phone wisely.

You can have peace of mind knowing that your child can contact if needed, and you can also reach your child to check in on them whenever you feel it is neccessary!

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      Jill Kostowskie 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      CassyLu1981 - I am glad you found this useful!! We have four kids and one prepaid phone that is strictly for the kids to use right now, but we are going to have to look into getting atleast one more. It really comes in handy when my older children are at sports practices because they are both on different sports and it is hard to be in two places at one time. This way whoever has the phone can call and let us know if they need to be picked up especially when practice ends early!!

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      Jill Kostowskie 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      PegCole17 - I am so glad your dental hygenist did not answer the phone while cleaning your teeth. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What a useful reference guide this is! I'll be sharing this with all the parents I know who are stressing over the cell phone for kids thing.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I SOOO needed this article! My oldest daughter (who is 7) is in SD visiting family right now and my mom bought her a phone!!! Ugh, so now when she comes back home I have to make sure I keep money on it so she can call grandma and all the relatives she met up while up there that I know she will miss dearly. Next year my other daughter will probably be getting one as well. *sigh* Gotta love technology!!! Voted up and shared :)

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      At the dentist's office the other day the dental hygenist's phone rang four times during my half hour cleaning. Fortunately, she didn't take the calls and handle her cell phone with her gloved hands while working in my mouth. Unfortunately, her kids took that as an opportunity to keep calling back despite the fact that there was no emergency. My guess is that they had unlimited minutes.