Kajeet in the Sacramento Bee!

September 20, 2011

The buzz is out!

Kajeet was recently featured in an article in the Sacramento Bee that addressed what parents may want to consider before getting their kid his or her first cell phone. Among the many topics discussed were ways parents can manage cell phone use – and how kajeet makes this simple with our free parental controls. Click here to see what else makes kajeet a popular pick for parents!

kajeet – the safest cell phone for kids

kajeet - the cell phone service made for kidsIt’s not too late to snag a cell phone for your kid from kajeet!

Check out our special Cyber Monday only sales:

LG Rumor 2 – Regularly $199.99, on sale for Cyber Monday for $189.99 (or $161.49 when you use promo code BFWEEKEND!). This popular phone includes:

  • An integrated sliding QWERTY keyboard
  • A 1.3 megapixel digital zoom camera
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • A 2” color display (great for sharp images!)
  • A microSD card slot to hold thousands of songs and pictures
  • Free, unlimited kajeet parental controls
  • And more!

Plus, you can still save on kajeet Certified Refurbished Rumors! Black, blue, green and white Rumors are on sale for just $99.99.

Save on these cell phones – and get free shipping! – when you order today. Act fast so you don’t miss out on these great deals!

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

Fall for these Great Savings!

September 15, 2010

As the leaves begin to turn color and weather starts to get cooler, our prices on kajeet Certified Refurbished phones are falling!  Simply use the promo code “FALL10” for a 10% discount on any kajeet Certified Refurbished phone! Click here to browse through our selection of phones today. Don’t miss out!

For additional savings, check out these great phones already on sale:
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LG Rumor (Blue)——————————————————————-LG Rumor (White)————————————————Samsung m320 (Red)


*Denotes price with “FALL10″ promo code

Rake in these great savings!

kajeet – The cell phone service made for kids

Check out the kajeet Certified Refurbished Samsung m320!

We’re excited to add another reliable phone from Samsung to our line up (and just in time for back to school season!). This stylish red flip phone comes stocked with great features including:

• A digital zoom camera
• Bluetooth™ wireless technology
• Voice dialing capability
• A speakerphone for hands-free talking
• Free, unlimited kajeet parental controls

All this for just $44.99!

What do you think of our newest phone?

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

You spoke, we listened – and the kajeet Certified Refurbished LG Rumors are back! Available in green, white or blue, for just $129.99, the LG Rumor features:

  • An integrated sliding QWERTY keyboard
  • A 1.3 megapixel camera/camcorder
  • A 2” color LCD screen
  • A built-in MP3 player
  • A microSD card slot to hold thousands of songs and pictures
  • Speakerphone and Bluetooth technology
  • Free, unlimited parental controls
  • And more!

And coming soon – the first kajeet touch screen phone, sure to set off fireworks this Fourth of July!

Which color is your favorite? Let us know!

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

by Carol Politi

I love getting notes from kajeet parents and, where they approve, thought I’d start posting some of them here for others to share.    Here is a note we received from a recent customer about her experience with kajeet:

“I hope this will get into the right department. I want to thank you for such a wonderful service that you provide. I have seen your ads for a long time, but it appeared that your services were geared more for small children. I responded to a search for unlimited texting, and kajeet came up. I soon discovered that the phones are appealing to kids of all ages, even my fussy teen, and the parental controls are a god send. We have been customers for a little less than a month, but I am so happy with the ease of use, and full protection I am getting. Thank you thank you thank you! I am so happy that my teenage daughter and I can both agree on one phone and service. I have been telling all of my friends about you. Please keep up the good work. You have ended one big point of contention and worry in our house. Thank you again. I hope your company lives long, and prospers. You are doing a very good thing, and you may even save a life, by making them safer.”  We received this mail from Rhonda, a kajeet parent.

Thanks for your feedback Rhonda, and thank you for being a kajeet customer.  Please continue to tell us when we are doing things right and when we make mistakes.  Your feedback helps us to improve our service – and feedback like this makes the entire kajeet team feel great about the work we are doing!

6,473 Texts a Month!

February 25, 2009

by Carol Politi

The Washington Post recently wrote a fascinating article discussing kids and texting.  It included some interesting points of view on whether the current texting phenomenon is negatively impacting the social and educational development, and family life, of today’s kids.  There were several reasonable expert sources pointing out the benefits texting can have in keeping kids and families socially connected.

Our experience at kajeet is that while parenting styles differ, virtually all parents believe the social, educational, and family connections their kids make are extremely important.  Some limit texting to accommodate these goals and others enable texting to accommodate them.  Even experts can’t agree on the topic so we should expect to see this kind of variation among parents.

I do think in 20 years we will all think about texting very differently than we do today.  Regardless,  I would also bet that virtually everyone might believe some level of moderation is a good idea.  For example, it would be great if both dinner and a nights sleep could be uninterrupted.

kajeet offers flexible parental controls that help parents set limits when rules alone might not work.  For example, TimeManager will block texts and calls at certain times of the day and night (both sent and received).  WalletManager provides usage limits so parents and kids can set a budget and kids can make choices on how much calling or texting to do – within the budgeted limits.

What’s your view on texting?  Do you see advantages to letting your kids text?  How much is too much?

by Carol Politi

Consumer Reports just did an analysis of the Best and Worst Cell Phone Deals. Their takeaway: “A Two Cell Phone Family Could Save $220 Per month By Going Prepaid”. They also noted that prepaid allows you to cut your expenses by decreasing usage and changing plans when you happen to need your phone less or if you want to decrease expenses any one month. Of course, I’m not unbiased – at kajeet we have always been advocates of no contract plans – especially for kids whose usage tends to be moderate.

The message is getting out – more than 45% of new mobile subscribers this year are predicted to be prepaid (Strategy Analytics). However, there is still a perception by many that the extra family plan line costs only $10 per month. The reality is that second lines cost an average of $35/month (iGr Research did a detailed analysis of this when they studied kid phone use). Why? The $10 is just the carrier service fee. It turns out that carriers actually give you fewer minutes with a family plan than they give you with an individual plan. Let’s say you have been paying $59 for your individual plan. In many contract plans you would receive 900 minutes. Move to a contract family plan and you are paying 69.99 for 700 minutes – that’s $10 more for 200 less minutes. If you really needed those minutes you would have to move up – but the next plan you can get is actually the 1400 minute plan that costs $89.99!

So families add a cell phone but actually get fewer minutes for a higher price. And contract plans encourage “supersizing” as they have overages charges that are expensive and costly. So families end up not using all their minutes every month. On top of this you incur taxes, line fees, and charges…

No wonder many people are moving to prepaid. On a prepaid plan, when the budgeted allowance is used up, the phone no longer works. This is great for budgeting and why almost 40% of parents buy prepaid phones for their kid’s first phone.

Good for budgeting, but a significant downside when you are talking about a safety phone for kids. That is why the kajeet service offers two “wallets”. One – the kid wallet – can be used to set a budget with your kids. The second – the parent wallet – can be used to pay for calls and texts to and from parent numbers so that these always go through.

Also – with kajeet there are no expensive overages and no extra fees assessed – what you see on the price plan is what you see on the bill. And if you do purchase a pak and run out of minutes, you simply pay the standard 10 cents per minute.

A bit of a sales pitch today! I am happy to see Consumer Reports assess cell phone contract plans and become a prepaid advocate. What is holding you back from considering a prepaid plan?

Jacque Wilson wrote an interesting piece for CNN highlighting some things to know about getting your kid a cell phone. This is one of those topics that will never really go away – a new crop of parents faces this question every year. Why get your kid a cell phone, and at what age? Based on feedback at kajeet, safety and convenience seem to be the key drivers.

Our customers are often first time phone users heading to their first sleepovers, going to movies at the mall, taking class ski trips on Friday nights, and traveling with sports teams on the weekend. We see phone purchases peak during the life-stage events – graduation and back to school – and at Christmas when parents often give a gift reflective of their kid’s growing maturity. Regardless of age, and whether for security or a ride home, phones have clearly become essential for many families. And while the drivers for getting a phone may vary broadly, what is constant is the desire for the controls and limits that allow families to tailor the cell phone service for their kids.

The most popular tools are those that support budgeting and allowances, and those that allow parents to monitor calls and text messages for safety purposes. Close behind are the calendar function that makes sure the phone can’t be used during school, and access control to shut off services that don’t make sense for a particular family or kid. Kids often like these tools just as much as parents – what kid does not want to block text messages coming from a bully?

What tools are the most essential for your family? We would love to hear your feedback – it will help us make sure the kajeet service is right for even more kids.

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