The Money Issue

April 9, 2010

by Daniel Neal

kajeet the cell phone service for kids

We take great pride at kajeet in having created the best, safest cell phone service for kids™. Normally, we point out that we have free, unlimited parental controls and monitoring, kid-appropriate content, 4 awards from parent organizations, our GPS Phone Locator service…that sort of thing.

But we’ve kept some other things in mind, too. The high cost of living. The high cost of cell phones. The high cost of having kids (I have 2).

The average cost of a contract-based cell phone service in the U.S. is more than $56.00/month. And data-intensive smartphones cost significantly more. That so-called extra “family plan” line you’re considering adding? Analysis done by iGR Research found that the average cost of a “family plan” line is over $44.00/month, and the additional cost of an extra line for a child is over $35.00/month when all costs are considered.

Oh, and with that “family plan,” you can’t turn off the bills when your child goes to camp for the summer… (yes, you can do that with a contract-free kajeet phone).

But money is tight.  And the strain on American household budgets is why many people are turning to prepaid (or “contract-free”) cell phone services. You can find an article from ABC News about that trend here.

We’ve been hearing from parents about the need to spend less on cell phones for their children for a long time.  So here’s how we’ve responded. Kajeet offers contract-free plans that have:

  • No contract
  • No activation fee
  • No termination fee
  • FREE unlimited parental controls and monitoring capability (I know, I already said that)

Allow me to crow a bit about my favorite kajeet contract-free plan: $14.99/month for unlimited text and 60 minutes of voice. This is what I bought for each of my own 2 kids (I also subscribe to our GPS Phone Locator for $9.99/month, but that’s optional).

Here’s what I get: affordable service, no surprises and very happy kids.

So long as I have the ability to keep them from texting at school and during bedtime (using my FREE parental controls!), they can text to their heart’s content. That’s what kids do. The 60 minutes of talk are more than enough for the few phone calls they make to tell me they’re ready to get picked up and for me to call and check in.  They just don’t talk much. They text. And guess who texts a lot more now? Yup – Mr. Old School.

That $14.99/month plan strikes me as a pretty sweet deal. How sweet?  It’s a savings of $240 per year per kid over that so-called “family plan” add-a-line.

Oh, and did I mention that we are keeping the phone costs down by offering refurbished phones that look and work great? Check out our selection of cell phones here.

And for those parents who just want to have a safety phone in their child’s backpack?  We have a $4.99/month plan. You can see our other no-contract plans here.

Finally – lest you wonder about our coverage and network reliability – kajeet uses the terrific Sprint National Digital Network.


kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

10 Responses to “The Money Issue”

  1. Laura Says:

    What happened to the blue Rumor 2? And what happened to the other colored rumors? Are you deducting phones?

  2. Jill Tecler Says:

    Hi Laura –

    The blue Rumor 2 has sold out. As you might have guessed, it was a pretty popular phone! We’re working on adding new colors and handsets to our phone line up right now. Keep checking the blog and the website for updates.

  3. Jennifer Says:

    What new phones are you planning on adding to Kajeet? I would love to see more qwerty board phones! Maybe even a touchscreen?! Thanks,

  4. Jill Tecler Says:

    Hi Jennifer –

    We’re always looking for new handsets to add to our phone line up, including those with Qwerty keyboards and touch screens. We’ll announce these as soon as they become available, so keep checking the blog, the website or our Facebook page for updates. Thanks!

  5. David Says:

    I currently have an unlocked Sanyo 2700 from Sprint, and an unlocked LG Rumor 2 from Virgin Mobile, Can I use one of these on Kajeet?

  6. Jill Tecler Says:

    Hi David –

    Unfortunately, you would not be able to use either of these phones on kajeet. Only phones purchased from kajeet can be activated on kajeet. Sorry about that!

  7. Drew Says:

    I am very interested in the Kajeet system. I really like the points mentioned in this blog post, especially the flexibility, low financial investment, and parental controls.

    When I moved here from Texas, I was a long time Sprint customer. However, I had very spotty service in 2002 when I first moved and had to change to another cell carrier because the service was so poor in my new geographic area. Looking on your service map, where we live is still near the border of the “service/sorry, no service” line. I’m concerned about spending money to buy a phone, then having no service. What is the return policy if we don’t have good phone signal coverage here?

  8. Jill Tecler Says:

    Hi Drew –

    Glad to hear you’re interested in kajeet!

    All phones purchased from kajeet come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Within that time period, you may return your phone for a full refund (except shipping) should it not work in your area. We do ask that you include everything that came with the original phone shipment.

    In regard to phone service, our policy is a little different. If you are worried that you may not have reception in your area, I would recommend signing up for the $4.99/month plan. This plan provides 10 minutes of talk time, which should be sufficient for ensuring you have coverage. If all goes well, you can change your plan at any time and upgrade to one of our great, unlimited text plans (like the one for $19.99, that gets you unlimited text and 150 anytime minutes of talk time). Hope that helps!

  9. sam Says:

    i bought a blue lg rumor off of ebay and it is a kajeet network phone, can I get it set up for my child on your 14.99 plan?

  10. Jill Tecler Says:

    Hi Sam –

    Thanks for your question! You will be able to pick from several plans when you activate your phone and $14.99/month is one of them. If you run into any trouble, please let us know. Hope this helps!

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