The Money Issue
April 9, 2010
by Daniel Neal
We take great pride at kajeet in having created the best, safest cell phone service for kids™. Normally, we point out that we have free, unlimited parental controls and monitoring, kid-appropriate content, 4 awards from parent organizations, our GPS Phone Locator service…that sort of thing.
But we’ve kept some other things in mind, too. The high cost of living. The high cost of cell phones. The high cost of having kids (I have 2).
The average cost of a contract-based cell phone service in the U.S. is more than $56.00/month. And data-intensive smartphones cost significantly more. That so-called extra “family plan” line you’re considering adding? Analysis done by iGR Research found that the average cost of a “family plan” line is over $44.00/month, and the additional cost of an extra line for a child is over $35.00/month when all costs are considered.
Oh, and with that “family plan,” you can’t turn off the bills when your child goes to camp for the summer… (yes, you can do that with a contract-free kajeet phone).
But money is tight. And the strain on American household budgets is why many people are turning to prepaid (or “contract-free”) cell phone services. You can find an article from ABC News about that trend here.
We’ve been hearing from parents about the need to spend less on cell phones for their children for a long time. So here’s how we’ve responded. Kajeet offers contract-free plans that have:
- No contract
- No activation fee
- No termination fee
- FREE unlimited parental controls and monitoring capability (I know, I already said that)
Allow me to crow a bit about my favorite kajeet contract-free plan: $14.99/month for unlimited text and 60 minutes of voice. This is what I bought for each of my own 2 kids (I also subscribe to our GPS Phone Locator for $9.99/month, but that’s optional).
Here’s what I get: affordable service, no surprises and very happy kids.
So long as I have the ability to keep them from texting at school and during bedtime (using my FREE parental controls!), they can text to their heart’s content. That’s what kids do. The 60 minutes of talk are more than enough for the few phone calls they make to tell me they’re ready to get picked up and for me to call and check in. They just don’t talk much. They text. And guess who texts a lot more now? Yup – Mr. Old School.
That $14.99/month plan strikes me as a pretty sweet deal. How sweet? It’s a savings of $240 per year per kid over that so-called “family plan” add-a-line.
Oh, and did I mention that we are keeping the phone costs down by offering refurbished phones that look and work great? Check out our selection of cell phones here.
And for those parents who just want to have a safety phone in their child’s backpack? We have a $4.99/month plan. You can see our other no-contract plans here.
Finally – lest you wonder about our coverage and network reliability – kajeet uses the terrific Sprint National Digital Network.