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Should you choose a Prepaid cell Phone

It’s reached a point that having a cell phone is no longer a luxury it’s a necessity, even for our kids. There is a definite sense of security knowing that you are able to contact your kids while they are out doing their thing and likewise they can contact you at any time. So, what’s holding you back from buying one???

Well, this list seems endless. You want an idea who they are talking to, when they are talking to them (not in the middle of the night), and last but not least how much they talk. Cell phone plans charge by the minute and kids seem to be a little oblivious to that fact. Once you have used up your plan minutes you start getting charged a much higher rate per minute. We’ve all heard the horror stories of parents getting the phone bill and finding their child has racked up a couple hundred dollars of extra minutes. And we all know those rollover plans don’t mean much in households with kids, there are never extra minutes to be rolled over.

So, what’s the solution? One idea is using a prepaid cell plan. While it is true most of these don’t give you quite as good a rate as the regular cell phone plans, they do give a distinct advantage of limiting the number of minutes used, while still giving the security of allowing you to call your child even when they are out of minutes. Some plans even allow you to have a list of the phone numbers called so you can see each month who your child is calling and when.

Pre-Paid Cell Phone Plans

So, how do these phones work? First you need a phone. Unlike monthly phone plans, you are going to have to pay the entire amount for the phone. Monthly plans usually add part or all of the cost of the phone in with the monthly charge. Of course that also means you are on a contract, usually 18 – 24 months.

This often means you are going to buy a cheaper phone, which is often not a popular choice with the kids. You can also use an older phone that is no longer in a contract. You can normally switch out the chip to one provided by pre-paid cell phone provider which will give you a phone number on their network. In most cases the minutes you buy will expire, so you don’t want to buy a huge amount expecting them to last a few months, Besides, whoever you give it too will probably only use them up in a couple weeks anyway, at least until they get the idea to have their friends call them so that they are not using their minutes.

In most cases, minutes can be bought at the store, or more conveniently purchased online on one of the phone recharging websites. Some pre-paid cell companies even offer their own website to top off your cell phone minutes. Either way, this little extra amount of control might be just enough to convince you to hand a phone over to your child. This is especially the case when you consider the safety issues. Allowing your child to contact you at any time can help make it a little more comfortable letting them walk out that door by themselves.