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It sounds like having some parental controls may be reason enough to choose the family plan over a prepaid cell phone, especially for younger children.
Wow, you are a mother by nature. I would imagine a prepaid would be better for a child, but you have swayed my argument. I would still provide them with some kind of disposable phone, they may lose it frequently. Great answer.
ktrapp- Parental controls do come in handy and they give you peace of mind. You won't have to worry about who your child is talking to and he can't sneak calls late at night. Plus he could access scary things on the Internet! *shudder*
That's a really good point. If it costs $10 or so to add the child's line to the family plan, it may not even be such a bad idea to have them pay for their portion, perhaps even by doing chores for the younger ones.
That is a really good point about always being able to reach your child. I guess putting the child's cell phone on the family plan eliminates the worries about them running out of minutes.
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I wasn't aware of a lot of this information and have never heard of MVNOs before or the fact that a major carrier may have a prepaid service that isn't readily known about. There really is so much to choose from that it makes it difficult.
StraightTalk from Walmart is actually Verizon Service. You can get unlimited everything with StraightTalk for $45/month. Same plan with Verizon directly will run you around $100. PrePaid is much more affordable now, no need to watch the minutes.
If the prepaid limit is reached before the end of the month, kids will learn how to budget quickly and that's a valuable lesson to learn early. One drawback seems to be that then the parents can call their kid either.
that is true, I never thought about that. Guess it really depends on the age of the child and the reason for the cell phone.