With the holidays right around the corner, many parents may consider surprising their child with their first cell phone. It’s like a right of passage today, almost as important as getting a driver’s license. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the typical American gets their first cellphone around the age of 12 and 13. If a parent thinks that the time is right this holiday season, here are 4 reasons why a no-contract cell phone plan is the best option for a child’s first cell phone:
1. Saving Money: With no-contract plans, parents can pre-pay for their child’s phone, giving them the choice to decide how much to spend each month. Plus, many no-contract companies offer unlimited plans which allow children to call, text and surf the web without racking up additional charges.
2. No Commitment: Without a 2-year contract, parents can cancel the service anytime they want. This means that if a child has their phone taken away their parents are not stuck with penalty fees.
3. Cell Phone Variety: Contrary to popular belief, no-contract plans offer many of the leading smartphones including the iPhone 5, as well as less expensive starter phones, allowing parents to purchase the cell phone they find most suitable for their child.
4. No-Contract Plans Do More: Unlike many typical 2-year contract plans, many no-contract plans go beyond solely providing a cell phone connection. GIV Mobile is the first consumer conscious wireless service plan dedicated to donating 8% of a customer’s monthly bill to charities, plus the child can choose up to three charities they want to support such as the Alzheimer’s Association, The Conservation Fund, DonorsChoose.org, Kids In Need Foundation, PetSmart Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Scholarship America and many more.