Jul 232009

My twin boys have become quite active and are needing to get rides home, permission to stay out later, etc. Last year they ended up borrowing a friends phone every time they had to get a hold of a parental unit. We decided we needed to step up and get them their own phones but as everyone who knows me knows, I like to squeeze a penny where possible. So what kind of deal can I find?

Well, I may have an iPhone, but my kids have to be happy with something less. Much less. For business reasons I cannot just add extra phones to our current account. Stand-alone accounts are expensive and even the pre-paid plans by U.S. Cellular and the others have pretty high activation fees. Boys being boys, I know also that a phone will get lost. That can get expensive.

--Photo: LG 300 Phone at Net10--

I found a great deal on FatWallet.com for some Net10 prepaid phones. They normally sell a nice little LG phone for $30 that comes with 300 minutes and 60 Days service. This obviously is where they get the ’10’ in Net10 comes from — since it is 10 cents a minute. The deal they advertise is a refurbished unit that includes a 300 minute card — so instead of 300 minutes and 60 days of service you get 600 minutes and 120 days of service. But, in the words of a late-night infomercial, that’s not all. They guys on FatWallet provide 2 coupon codes that end up knocking $8 off the price and Net10 is giving away free shipping till September 30, 2009.

So, for $22 out of pocket I have a phone I can give the boys that will last 4 months and give them 600 minutes. I can order a 2nd phone and for $22 have another 300 minute card ($30 if purchased anywhere else) and have a spare phone. What to do with extra phones? Hmm. Looks like I may have a great use for GoogleVoice!

Now my only decision is if I will give them each a phone or make them share.

  3 Responses to “Phones for the kids”

  1. Gary, our experience with teens and phones is that they usually get dropped, get wet, get lost or otherwise broken about once every four months. Literally…we have gone through probably a 15 phones with the kids. Buy more than two. You will need it!

  2. This is my 3rd round of phones and just bought 4 more phones (have to order 2 then wait 2 days and order 2 more).

    I ended up using the following link: http://www.net10.com/e_store.jsp?task=buyphone

  3. Just ‘ported’ 3 kids over to new phones. Found out the Net10 site does not like Firefox. Had to use IE to get the phones transferred. Firefox just kept looping with a message that I had a bad phone number. Still had to call them on one phone cause got a 404 error in the middle of the process. Took 36 minutes but got 280 minutes and that phone number transferred to the ‘new’ phone.

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