Like your family, I’m sure, my family is constantly on the go. My 9-year-old and 12-year-old are active in school, sports, and like most tweens they want to stay connected with their friends 24/7. The thought of NOT having a phone? Well it can cause some issues, especially for my middle schooler.
For families who are considering their kid’s first smartphone, but who have commitment issues (ha), AT&T offers some fantastic GoPhone month-to-month options.
We’ve been reviewing an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone as part of their Go Phone options for the past month. My 9-year-old, especially, instantly gravitated toward it and loved how easy it was to navigate straight out of the box.
The first thing I noticed was how pain free and simple the sign-up process was. I activated the phone and the one-month subscription card in just a matter of minutes on my lunch break at work. I’m not a fan of complicated sign up processes or unnecessary red tape so this was a huge plus for me. Complicated registration forms? Ain’t nobody got time for that! (And trust me as we are in back-to-school mode this fall I’ve done my fair share of sign ups and filling out forms lately!)
Why use a prepaid phone? The #GoPhone makes a great extra family phone and would also be perfect for summer camp or travel when your child needs a phone for a short period of time. AT&T’s GoPhone also makes a great extra phone to designate for a specific task, such as job interviews or freelance work. I love that there is no long-term contract to sign and that you can easily add minutes to your account online.
I’m always a fan of plans that meet a variety of budgets and needs and the GoPhone offers plans as low as $25 (for 250 minutes a month with unlimited texting and messaging even to Mexico and 100 other countries) and the unlimited text and call package is just $60 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 2.5GB of data.
Although I’m used to my iPhone now, I found that this Samsung Android phone was incredibly easy to use. The phone comes with everything you need out of the box, including a USB cable and wall charger. It’s also preloaded with several apps, including Google Maps. The 5 megapixel camera takes great pictures, too!
Here are three pluses to getting your tween or teen a pre-paid AT&T #GoPhone:
- Compatible with most phones: Before learning more about the AT&T GoPhone plans I assumed you could only use a new AT&T smart phone with the GoPhone packages, but you can use an existing phone. Most phones (including iPhones) are compatible with the GoPhone service, even if they from a different provider. All that is required is a GoPhone-enabled SIM card. This makes a great option for hand-me-down phones from older siblings.
- Great first phone for kids: A pre-paid GoPhone is the perfect first phone. If your child doesn’t like the phone, or ends up not using it, you don’t have to continue paying monthly fees. You can also start out with a smaller package and upgrade as you monitor their usage.
- Seasonal usage: If your child only needs a phone during summer camp season or during winter break or during certain sports seasons, a prepaid month-to-month AT&T GoPhone is a great option. It wasn’t that long ago that my girls shared their very first phone, so having a month-to-month additional phone during certain times would have been great.
Would you (or have you) considered using a prepaid phone plan?