Friday, July 22, 2011

Do Your Kids Have Cell Phones?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bethany has been begging us for a cell phone for years now. She's not even 10, but she started asking in probably 1st or 2nd grade. Every couple months she assures us that everyone in her class has one. When pressed, it is discovered that everyone means a handful of kids. We've looked into getting her a cell phone, although for now we're sticking with "you can have a cell phone in middle school," which has been our go to answer thus far. But middle school is not that far off. So before too long we will be in the market for a cell phone for our middle schooler (yikes!).

Since we'd want something with no fuss, no complications, and no contract, I think a TracFone might be a good choice for her when the time comes. One of the big selling points for me is that TracFones has great nationwide coverage, which is important so we would know she could reach us if she needed to. It's reassuring to hear what real TracFone customers have to say about TracFone's reliability.

There will come a point when we'll be needing cell phones for all four of our kids, and TracFone would offer an inexpensive way for us to be able to do that, with no contracts, no credit checks, and no activation fees. I like that we could pay as we go online or with cards we could purchase at many stores, and that we could buy a 1 year service card at a great value, just $119 for 800 minutes plus double minutes for the life of the phone. Alternately, we could purchase the "double your minutes for the life of your phone" feature for $19.99 (if the plan we choose doesn't include it already), and there are plans available starting at just $9.99 /month (50 minutes), and 200 minutes for less than $30 / month. TracFone is known for not surprising its customers with extra charges, just like these real TracFone customers are saying.

Plus, International calls can be made to over 60 destinations at no extra charge with the International Neighbors program! We don't really have anyone we call internationally, but if you have friends and family in Mexico or Canada, you can provide them with a local phone number in those countries to reach you on your TracFone in the U.S. I think that is a pretty cool feature.

Some people like the simplest type of phone available, and some (like my daughter...) prefer all the bells and whistles, and TracFone provides either option. For $10 you can have something plain and simple to call and text, and for $29.99 you can lots more - like camera and video recorder capabilities, we access, mp3 player, the use of apps, and full QWERTY keyboards. There are many brand name phones available from manufacturers like LG, Nokia, Samsung, Kyocera, and Motorola, even Bluetooth-enabled Smart phones.


What about you? Do your kids have cell phones? If so, how old were they when they first got one?

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