There’s no greater litmus test for our future than the quality of our education, an area defined by its most valuable asset: emerging technology. Schools everywhere are using Internet access to enliven, fast-track and enhance the educational process.

However, the same technology that galvanizes the 21st century classroom also threatens to leave many students behind. Home computers and Internet access are increasingly expected of students and essential tools in many situations. What about the kids who don’t have Internet at home? What can schools do to keep technology involved in the curriculum without inconveniencing and depriving the kids whose families can’t afford access to the Web? Articles like this affirm this disparity is a huge problem.Bridge-the-Gap

What can companies like Kajeet do to solve this divide?

Kajeet operates under the belief that the quantum leaps we’ve made in technology must be used to bridge this educational gap. We help all kinds of schools and students use advanced technology to teach and learn.

Kajeet partners with schools to give them top-of-the-line devices and a safe, filtered Internet service— a package that can be scaled to their needs and used to help kids who don’t have a Web connection at home. We provide schools with tablet computers, Mifi Smartspots™ and smartphones, so kids can safely access the Internet from home.

We provide schools a safe and simple solution so they can close the digital divide, make the most of their budget, and step into the 21st century!

Learn more about Kajeet’s role in education here and check out our affordable devices here!

Kajeet allows parents and kids to easily manage who pays for what on our service– all the while teaching valuable lessons about the responsibilities of spending.

Readily accessible from the left menu on your logged-in account, Kajeet WalletManager is a free, easy-to-use tool that divides your family funds into two wallets: one for parents and one for kids. Kids love their phones and often use up their service plans before the month is up. Once they run out of texts, minutes, picture messages or data, parents can choose to transfer funds from their wallet to the kid wallet:

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You can also set up one-time refills of up to $50, with a 10% transaction fee.

Don’t want to transfer money every time your kid’s wallet dries up? No problem; just set up an automatic refill that fits your service needs:

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Just remember: Refills added to the wallet cannot be used to pay for monthly Plans or Add-ons and are non-refundable.

Parental controls are easier than ever with Kajeet TimeManager! Accessible and easy to use, TimeManager allows you to set time restrictions for your kid’s device, add exception days, and view all your kid’s time allowances on a weekly calendar. You can even decide whether you want time blocks to apply to smartphone data usage!

So how do you use TimeManager? It’s simple. Just select “Add Time Restriction” and customize the settings:

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Want to set a special day where the time restriction is not in effect without going in and editing the weekly schedule? No problem — just select the “Exception Days” tab and select “Create an Exception:”

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And, as always, you can mark yourself as an “Always Allowed” contact in ContactManager, so even when time restrictions are applied to your kid’s device, you will have peace of mind that you’re always able to reach your kid!

Want to block a bully from texting or calling your kid’s phone? Want to cut off your kid’s phone access during the day but still allow phone calls & texts from mom and dad in case of an emergency?

With Kajeet ContactManager, you can decide whether you want to allow calls or text/picture messages. You can also determine whose wallet pays for what for calls or messages from specific contacts (like you!).

ContactManager allows parents to set up three types of assignments for their kid’s phone contacts:

Blocked: Contacts marked as “blocked” cannot talk to or text your child.

Allowed: Contacts marked as “allowed” can talk to and text your child, but NOT during TimeManager time restrictions.

Always Allowed: Contacts marked as “always allowed” can talk to and text your child during TimeManager time restrictions.

All contact information is stored on a helpful chart:

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Remember: you and your kid will be able to text, picture message, and call each other if your number is set up as an ‘Always Allowed’ contact, even if you disable texting & picture messaging or contact each other during a time restriction. This gives you peace of mind that you and your kid can always reach each other!

There’s no question: Kajeet takes the sophisticated technology of Androiandroidqueryd™ devices and makes it safe, simple, and fun — for parents and kids alike.

Once parents take advantage of the great prices on our top-of-the-line Android™ smartphones and tablets, they usually have a few questions about the device and the unique features Kajeet offers. Please click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Androids™.

Kajeet Smart Blocker™ is our free parental control that allows parents to block websites they feel are inappropriate for their children to view on some of today’s most popular Android™ handsets. But many parents are concerned about their kids’ web access when they are not using Kajeet’s network connection. Learn more & read our suggestions on how to help safeguard your kid’s online activity here!

If you don’t have an Android™ from Kajeet, shop here today and take advantage of our amazing sales!

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Our Facebook page will keep you in the loop about all things Kajeet — hot sales, parent feedback on Kajeet phones & tablets, fun articles & videos, and much more! Click here to see our amazing Facebook community!

Education.com 2012 Gift Guide Badge
Education.com, an educational and child development website for parents, has selected Kajeet for inclusion in it’s 2012 Gift Guide. Products chosen for the Gift Guide were kid-tested and teacher-approved, selected from among thousands reviewed and deemed the most likely to stand the test of time. Check out their review of Kajeet here:  http://www.education.com/gift-guide/item/lg-optimus-android/.

Kajeet – the smart phone for kids

Check out this special blog post from a Kajeet customer!

As an avid Chinese student surrounded by English speakers, I am constantly searching for ways to practice and improve my Chinese.  Unfortunately, most of the Western world is not well designed for Chinese language use. Because Chinese has a writing system that uses one character for every word, instead of letters representing sounds, typing in Chinese can be very inefficient.  When my friends and I texted one another in Chinese, we had to write the pinyin (approximate Western transliteration) of our texts. These couldn’t include the tone marks on the words, though incorrect tone marks can change the entire meaning.

When I got the Kajeet Samsung Galaxy SII (my first smartphone!) last week, it didn’t take me long to start looking for better ways to use my phone for Chinese.  It also didn’t take long to find, download, and install the Google Pinyin IME app from the Google Play store.  Shortly thereafter, most people on my contacts list started receiving excited text messages sent in Chinese characters.  (Not all of the receivers actually even spoke Chinese. Hey…I was excited!)

The range of inputs for IME is phenomenal.  For starters, I can simply type pinyin and then select the appropriate character.  Alternatively, I can use the touch screen to write out the character strokes.  Writing Chinese on a touch screen is not only great practice for character-writing, but it is also, objectively speaking, considerably more fun than writing with a pencil and paper.

The last option — and this is most impressive to me — is that I can speak Chinese into my phone and have the words transcribed.

The brilliance of the speech part is that it is context-based, so it does a remarkable job of guessing the correct word, even when there are many Chinese words pronounced the same way.  I tested it by speaking random words, (mother, rope, horse, curse — all pronounced “ma,” but with different tones) and it had a lot of trouble figuring out the difference until I used them in a sentence.  My guess is that the microphone technology is probably not sophisticated enough to pick up differences is tonal quality, so the app has to make up for it with contextual intelligence.

The Pinyin app works no matter where you want to enter text: it actually installs another keyboard on your phone, and you can switch between input keyboards at any time (The same way you can switch to Swype.).

My overall review: 比切片麵包更好!

(Much better than sliced bread!)

How to get GooglePinyin IME on your phone:

1. Go to the Google Play store. Search and install the app.

2. When you are ready to type, select the text box to open up a regular keyboard.

3. Touch and hold the “Swype” symbol.

4. Touch “select input method.”

5. Select “Chinese Pinyin”

6. Touch the “back” hotkey, and start typing!

–Amelia H., Brooklyn, NY

Thanks for sharing, Amelia! Kajeet customers — do you have a story to share with us, too? Let us know!

Kajeet – the smart phone for kids

If you made someone’s holiday happy this year with a cell phone from kajeet — or if you received one — the first thing you need to do is to activate it. And this can be done entirely online, whether you purchased a phone from our website or will be bringing your own used, inactive Sprint® device.  To help, we’ve provided the answers to some frequently asked questions below:

What is “activation?”

Prior to use, each kajeet account needs to be set up with parent (or guardian) information and assigned a phone number. Once you activate your phone, you will automatically be enrolled in the rate plan you chose when the phone was purchased. If you are bringing your own eligible device (learn more about this program here), you will be prompted to select a rate plan at this time.

The phone I want to activate is for a NEW kajeet user (someone who has not had a kajeet phone before). What do I do?

Activating your kajeet phone is easy! Click here to get started. Be sure to have the phone you are activating with you (whether it was purchased from our website or you are activating a used, inactive Sprint® device), as you will need information found on the handset for the first step.

I’m already a kajeet customer. I want to transfer my current kajeet service to a new/different phone. What do I do?

If you are bringing your own device, please contact our Customer Care team at 1-866-452-5338.

If you purchased a new device from kajeet, just follow these steps to switch your current service to a new/diferent phone (for an existing kajeet user):

1. Log into kajeet here.

2. Go to your Account Summary page.  Scroll down the page to access the “Add a Phone” tab, as shown below.












3. Click on the “Add a Phone” tab. You will see an option that reads “Replace a Phone.” Click on the link right underneath (the one we circled below).














4.  You will be asked to select the phone you would like to replace/upgrade (in the event you have multiple phones on your account) and for the ESN or MEID of your phone (be sure to have your new phone handy during this process!).

What if I am moving/porting my existing cell phone number to kajeet?

You will need to contact kajeet Customer Care if you are porting (moving) a number from another cell phone service provider to kajeet.  Have a copy of your bill and/or account login information with you when you contact kajeet Customer Care. While we are working to make this process as fast as possible, it can take up to 3-4 days to port a number (we are dependent upon other telecommunications companies, and they are all busy at this time of year).

How can I reach kajeet Customer Care and what are the kajeet holiday Care hours?

Our Customer Care team is available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET and on Saturday from 9:00 am ET to 6:00 pm ET. Our Care department can be reached at 1-866-452-5338 or at care@kajeet.com.  Kajeet Customer Care is closed on Christmas Day to give our hardworking care personnel the day off with their families.

Our Holiday Care Hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, December 22: 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET
  • Sunday, December 23: 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET
  • Monday, December 24: 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Wednesday, December 26: 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, December 27: 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET
  • Friday, December 28: 9:00 am ET to 10:00 pm ET
  • Saturday, December 29: 9:00 am ET to 6:00 pm ET

Care is already busy and we do expect them to continue to be busy after the holidays.  Avoid the wait and activate online!

Happy Holidays!

Sprint is a trademark of Sprint.

kajeet- the smart phone for kids

Hello fellow Kajeet users — I have been a Kajeet user for four years now, and just last year I got a new AndroidTM phone from Kajeet.  I was ecstatic, and I soon grew to love my new phone with all its apps and internet access.  However, as an Apple iTunes user as well, I became disappointed because I thought I would not be able to play my iTunes songs on my Android phone.  I thought I needed an iPhone to do that.  After a few months without even trying to put iTunes music onto my phone, I decided to try it. When I plugged my AndroidTM phone into my computer, I realized that my phone looked like a USB drive on my computer, which meant that I could copy files from my computer to my phone.  I tried copying the songs from iTunes in my iTunes Music folder onto my Kajeet AndroidTM phone, and it worked.  It was pretty easy!

To get my music files to my phone, all I had to do was  follow these steps:

1.  Plug my Kajeet android phone into my computer with the USB connector that you can pull out of the phone charger

2.  Once I plugged my phone into my computer, I pressed the button that said “Turn on USB storage”. Then my computer started scanning my phone for viruses and started to download some of my files.

3.  I could also see my phone connection in the Finder (since I was using a Mac), where my Android phone was called “NO NAME” like a USB drive.  I clicked on “NO NAME”  and all of the things I had on my phone came up.  There were folders for Apps, Settings, Music, Photos and everything else I had stored on my phone.

4.  I clicked on the Music folder to show all the music on my phone, which at that time, was nothing.

5.  Next, I opened the iTunes app on my computer and created a playlist in iTunes with all the songs I wanted to copy to my phone

6.  Then I copied all the songs from my iTunes playlist by dragging and dropping them into the Music folder on my phone.  Alternatively, you can also copy the song files individually from the iTunes Music folder on your computer to the Music folder on your phone.

7.  After copying the music files to my phone, I ejected my phone from the computer and I had all the music from my iTunes account available to play on my phone.  Awesome!

Now, whenever I want to add more music from iTunes to my AndroidTM phone, I just plug my phone into my computer with the USB cable, open up my Music folder on the phone and drag/copy the new song from iTunes to the Music folder on my phone.  This seems to work for all AAC and MP3 format music files in iTunes.  There is also an AndroidTM app I have used called  AirSync (made by DoubleTwist) that syncs my iTunes music library with my AndroidTM phone.  It seems to work pretty well.  My other recommendation is to make sure you get enough memory on your phone to hold all your songs and apps.

Now that I have figured out how to put all of my songs from iTunes onto my Kajeet AndroidTM phone, I am even more happy with the service that Kajeet provides.

Matt – an avid Kajeet user – 15 yrs old

Kajeet, the smart phone for kids

Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.

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