Buying Your Child Their First Phone

There are 4 reasons your child may need a mobile phone. After raising them with blood, sweat and tears it’s worth investing in a bit of peace of mind.

With the crazy number of options out there, the choice can be overwhelming. It’s hard enough choosing a phone for yourself.

Let’s run through 4 reasons your son or daughter might need a phone and compare the best value options.

1. Security

If your child is starting to spend more time at friends places, travelling to school or other independent activities, it’s a good idea to have a method of communicating with them.

Importantly, it’s wise to have a way for your child to contact you in case of an emergency. Parental controls on smart phones are very effective at ensuring their online safety and it’s simple to restrict access to only phone calls and SMS a without opening up the device to the Internet.

Recommended for Security: Apple iPhone 6
Recommended plan: Cmobile Red $9.90

Joining the CMobile prepaid network means you make the most of Telstra’s superior network coverage without being locked into a long term plan. No contract means you don’t have to pay for the months you won’t be needing the phone.

The iPhone 6 ensures you have the latest security features and updates like Touch ID (fingerprint authentication) and improved operating speeds.

2. Travel

If you live in a area with poor reception, it’s important your child has a phone on a network that’s reliable. It’s inevitable that they will start going on school camps or sleepovers. Whenever they’re travelling, reliability of the connection is one of the top priorities. Did you know that there are telco’s who use the Telstra network but don’t charge you an arm and a leg? CMobile is a good example.

Recommended for travel: Apple iPhone 5c
Recommended plan: Cmobile Blue $19.90

3. Connecting with family and friends

To me, it always seems like children have more friends than I ever did. With social media, there’s all sorts of ways your kids can keep in touch with family and friends.

As always, it’s important to supervise your child’s use of social networking apps. However, the world has changed and its a great way for your child to keep connected with the world around them.

Recommended: Samsung Galaxy S5
Recommended: Boost Prepaid $40 Unlimited

4. Education

Our children are now referred to as digital natives, meaning they naturally learn with an understanding of all things technology.

Some schools now have a ‘bring your own device’ policy, which means they’ll be reading textbooks and doing homework on smart devices sooner rather than later.

There are so many educational apps out there that will help your children learn anything from a new language to how to do algebra.

Recommended phone: Apple iPhone 5c
Recommended plan: Vaya $18 per month plan

The iPhone 5c is a lightweight phone with all the bells and whistles that you can expect from Apple. Your kids will love choosing the phone in their favourite colour.

Vaya uses the reliable Optus network and for only $18 a month your child will receive 10 x standard 2 minute calls a day plus 1.5GB of 4G data, enough to keep the best educational apps updated and running smoothly.

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.