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!
*Denotes price with “FALL10″ promo code
January 29, 2010
by Daniel Neal
Three and a half years ago my wife, Heller An, and I met our now 14-year-old son, Alex, through an amazing organization: Kidsave International. Kidsave’s motto is “Because every child needs a family.” Simply put, that is why kidsave exists. It helps kids without families find them.
In their own words:
“Kidsave gives kids who are hidden from public view in foster care and orphanages the opportunity to visit with families and build relationships. We work as a catalyst for change, training social workers, orphanage workers and volunteers to help kids find permanent families, and change practices, laws and public financing to increase permanent family care for orphans and youth in foster care.”
Since 1999, more than 2700 individual children have found parents and lasting connections with adults because of Kidsave programs. Thousands more orphans and children in foster care around the globe have parents and lasting connections because of Kidsave’s training and advocacy efforts.
One of Kidsave’s most successful programs is its Summer Miracle Program.
Our family participated in this program in 2006. Yes, you probably guessed: our beloved son Alex was the child we hosted that magical summer.
Kidsave is now seeking Host Families for its 2010 Summer Miracles Program. If you know someone who may wish to learn about this program, you can find out more here .
If you want information about the Kidsave organization and its other programs, you can learn more here .
December 12, 2009
by Carol Politi
Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Looking for great savings?
Use promo code HOLIDAY10 and save 10% on any purchase on kajeet.com through Tuesday, 12/15/09. This includes the new, popular Rumor 2, as well any of our other hot handsets – even those that are already on sale! Plus, order now and also get free ground shipping!
November 29, 2009
by Carol Politi
Why not so boring? First, the Rumor 2 has arrived! It has some great features – including threaded texting and an extra row of keys on the QWERTY keyboard. (Ships Monday, December 7th). Plus we have an array of Rumor 1 phones in great colors – check them out here.
Plus, you get 15% off on Cyber Monday on any purchases at kajeet.com (that’s 15% off any time tomorrow, 11/30/09). Includes the new Rumor 2! Free shipping on all orders. Make sure to use promo code 15MONDAY at checkout to get your 15% off.
November 27, 2009
November 23, 2009
by Carol Politi
Yes, we have introduced a plan for $14.99 per month that includes 60 minutes of Talk time and Unlimited Texting! We have received a lot of great feedback on this plan so I wanted to highlight this plan specifically – it really does deliver on its promise. It is a perfect plan for most tweens and young teens (and great for the rest of us that prefer texting to talking!).
What do you do if you want to take advantage of this great monthly price, but would really prefer your child not be texting all night? Simply use kajeet parental controls to limit texting to those times when it will not be a distraction. You can turn off calls and texts at night, during school, etc. (while still allowing parent and emergency numbers to be called/texted).
Do you use the 14.99 plan? Please comment here and let us know how it is working for you.
November 13, 2009
by Carol Politi
We just launched some great new mobile web services! This new offering provides significantly more flexibility for those that want to surf the web from their kajeet device and gives parents the ability to select the level of access they think works best for their family.
The kajeet Navigator (i.e., the browser on your phone) now has a set of free sites, a set of kid-friendly sites selected by kajeet (these cost money to access), access to social networking and IM (these cost money and are in a separately controlled category), and a category that allows you to access the web freely without controls. The new Feature Manager on kajeet.com allows parents to control the access their kids will have to various sites on the mobile web. Login to kajeet.com and select Configurator/Feature Manager to see the full set of options.
What does it cost?
The web services are charged based on use – $0.35 per 0.25 megabyte (each 0.25MB expires 24 hours after purchase). What that means is that we charge you for 0.25 MB and that this is good for a day. (Some carriers charge in MB, for comparison purposes this equates to $1.40/MB).
What on earth does 0.25 Mbyte get you and why did we take this approach? First, it gets you:
- About 10 mobile-friendly web pages
- About 2-3 full web pages (i.e., non-mobile optimized pages)
Why did we take this approach? It is nice to be able to, for a very small cost, casually browse the web – e.g., look at the weather once in a while. Many of our customers just want a bit of web access and they don’t want to buy a big bundle. (For those that are very heavy users, we will add a bundle option in the future!)
Please note: it is still free to browse our Navigator store for ringtones, games, and applications – and all kajeet users still get access to select free mobileweb sites! Access to your “MyKajeet” is also free.
We would love some input on this – so please comment here on the new features. Your comments will directly reach our product team and they will listen to you! We could specifically use help in the following areas:
1. What sites would you like to see in the “free” category. Our plan is to consistently make available at least 3 sites as part of our base service. These need to be appropriate for kids of all ages. We would appreciate customer feedback to help us decide if we have made the right choices.
2. Do you know of other kid appropriate sites that should be specifically listed and made available in our “Other Great Sites” category? This is a category of sites that again need to be appropriate for kids of all ages. This category is a bit light at the moment and we would like to make it more robust.
Please comment here to let us know what you think, and to let us know how you would like to see these features evolve. Thanks!
November 2, 2009
By Carol Politi
We offer a variety of ways to purchase Text Paks – including the option to purchase these on the handset itself. Because we assume that a child is the user of the handset, it is only possible to make one time (i.e., non-recurring) Text Pak purchases from a kajeet handset.
There are three options for one-time Text Pak purchases available on the handset:
1. 200 texts for $4.99
2. 1,000 texts for $9.99
3. Unlimited texts for $19.99.
This ability to fund these one-time Text Paks from the wallet allows you to provide an allowance in your son or daughter’s kajeet wallet and let them decide how they want to spend it – talking, texting, playing games, etc. (Note that your calls will always go through – even if they run out of their allowance – if you fund your Parent Wallet).
The handset purchase options are especially ideal if your son or daughter may not be purchasing a Pak every month. For example, if they know they will text more over a holiday when they are not with their friends or if they want the ability to spend their phone allowance on texts one month and games the next.
Are you or your child using the handset purchase option? Please let us know what other tools you would like to see on the handset.
September 2, 2009
by Carol Politi
The New York Times recently covered kajeet in an article providing tips for choosing cell phones for teens (“They’re Old Enough to Text. Now What?”). This was a great profile of kajeet as the only prepaid phone with parental controls and GPS – allowing parents to deliver a safe phone for their kids with the controls they might need to manage its use.
The article profiled the LG Rumor handset at left – a great phone that is loved by kids! kajeet has phones to fit every budget and parenting style including phones without cameras and basic flip phones that meet the needs of parents interested in an economic safety phone for their child.
Of all the plans profiled, we believe kajeet offers the best value for both tweens & teens. The $4.99 plan is a basic safetly plan for first time phone users – it includes all service fees plus the first 10 minutes each month (every additional minute is only $.10/minute). And our $19.99 unlimited texting + 150 minute plan has been tailor-made for kids that are becoming increasingly social and for their parents looking to manage their budget.
We are always interested in your feedback on our handsets and plans and your experiences with our service. Please comment and let us know what you think. Thanks!
July 27, 2009
by Daniel Neal
The New York Times recently published a fine article on this topic here.
Not every kid needs a cell phone. Parents are, of course, the deciders of that. But a rapidly increasing number of parents are in fact equipping their children with cell phones to improve family logistics, communication and safety. They may even be helping their children build better and stronger social networks.
One of the things I particularly like about the NYT piece is that it recognizes how widespread kids’ use of cell phones has become, and how we must strive to instill politeness and good matters with our cell phone-using kids (I have two, myself).
We’re proud that kajeet is the only contract-free cell phone service with (free) parental controls. It is also true, however, that controls can’t make one’s child act politely. This requires the setting of good examples, and some effective teaching. Articles such as this one might just help us do the job. Perhaps this is a great summer reading assignment?