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mobile phones for kids - advice, tips please

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dibbletribble Thu 11-Apr-13 10:05:19

I never thought i'd say this... but plan to get a phone for my oldest starting secondary in sept.
We won't be doing iphone or similar, but what is acceptable for yr 7 kids - do they usually have old leftover brick phone or do parents tend to splash out on something better? Is a basic smartfone a must? We are pretty skint these days so it'll need to be a cheap option.
Contract or payg? Safety/being able to contact is (my) main reason for agreeing to it - but if payg is there a danger that when you need to contact the credit's run out? But am i right thinking even cheap contract can unintentionally run up big bills?

knitty555 Thu 11-Apr-13 11:08:50

my daughter is in year 7, and nearly all of the kids have got a cheap phone. Not all of them look like bricks, hers looks like a blackberry but is a t-mobile branded phone. It's on a cheap contract as there was a deal on and I managed to knock them down a little as well, it's round about £7.00 per month. She's got 300 minutes and 5000 texts. The texts are excessive lol, but were meant to be 500 but were added on as a freebie.

You should be able to cap usage on the phone so that your child doesn't go over their allowance.

Sparklymommy Sat 04-May-13 21:53:25

My daughter (year 5) has a Samsung galaxy y. I believe the y stands for youth!

She has it on payg with O2, on the pay and go go go tariff. She has £10 a month which gives her so many minutes, texts and data.

I know it sounds excessive for a 10 yo but she spends a lot of time at the dance studios on her own and so she can get hold of me if and when she needs to.

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