A Cool New Feature

June 7, 2010

With kajeet, you can now send a text to a landline, where the text is converted to speech and read out loud to the recipient.  If the recipient chooses, they can respond by voice to the original sender of the text. Very cool.

This could be particularly handy for sending quick messages to someone who is not proficient with texting, or who may be hearing impaired.

If you’d like to learn more, you can do that here.

Let us know what you think!

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

Have you taken the “No Phone Zone” pledge and promised to do your part to help end the dangerous practice of distracted driving?

If not, now’s your chance. Join the thousands of others who have already agreed to put their phones down and their heads up when behind the wheel in honor of National “No Phone Zone” Day, Friday, April 30. Led by Oprah Winfrey and transportation safety organizations from around the country, today is the day you pledge to keep yourself, your family and others safe on the road by making your car a “no phone zone,” free of the distractions often caused by an incoming call or text.

At kajeet, we acknowledge – and encourage – safe, responsible cell phone use every day. It’s the reason why we give every kajeet customer free, unlimited parental controls that can be customized to suit your family’s needs. Want to manage your kid’s phone so that calls can’t be made or text messages sent during school hours? Use TimeManager to make the phone off-limits for the time block you choose. Prefer that only specific phone numbers can call (or be called from) your kid’s phone? Use ContactManager to designate which ones these are and block all others. Want to know that your kid arrived at his or her destination as scheduled? Use GPS Phone Locator to confirm. These tools are just a few of the many that have helped establish kajeet as the safest cell phone service for kids. (Want another? Download our free parent-kid cell phone use contract here).

Did you take the pledge? What cell phone rules have you put in place for when your kid is driving?

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

by Carol Politi

Mom's Choice Awards Gold

kajeet has been awarded the Gold Mom’s Choice Award®!  This award recognizes kajeet as among the best companies when it comes to providing family friendly products and services.

The Mom’s Choice Award helps families make informed purchasing decisions.  The Mom’s Choice Awards organization has a team of judges evaluating each product that is made up of parents, educators, and media experts.  They evaluate products based on factors including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

kajeet has worked hard to provide a cell phone service with parental controls and other family friendly features, and we are thrilled to have received this recognition!  Thanks to the entire kajeet team that has worked so hard to build our service – and to our customers that continue to provide the invaluable guidance and feedback we need as we evolve the service.

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

Discovery Girls Contest

February 12, 2010

by Carol Politi

Discovery Girls Magazine is running a great contest for mothers and daughters – with an opportunity to win a trip to New York City!  (It actually includes two round trip airline tickets, hotel for a night, a photo shoot with your daughter – and a feature on the back cover of Discovery Girls magazine).

I love the entry requirements for this contest.  From their site:   “You and your mom must each tell us why your relationship is special. What do you do that’s different and extra-special to keep your relationship close and loving? Tell us your secret! We want details!”

Fun & a great opportunity to talk  – and to have fun making a video – with your daughter.

In the meantime, if you are a mom of a tween girl, take a look at the Discovery Girls magazine and website – and their companion Discover Your Daughter site.   These sites are dedicated to helping girls and their moms navigate through the tween and young teen years.  Discover your Daughter has a great article on managing technology use called “Is Your Daughter Addicted To Technology”.  This is a great read given the recent news from the Kaiser Family Foundation study that discussed kids media use (7 hours and 38 minutes a day on average!).

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

by Daniel Neal

Three and a half years ago my wife, Heller An, and I met our now 14-year-old son, Alex, through an amazing organization: Kidsave International. Kidsave’s motto is “Because every child needs a family.” Simply put, that is why kidsave exists. It helps kids without families find them.

In their own words:

“Kidsave gives kids who are hidden from public view in foster care and orphanages the opportunity to visit with families and build relationships. We work as a catalyst for change, training social workers, orphanage workers and volunteers to help kids find permanent families, and change practices, laws and public financing to increase permanent family care for orphans and youth in foster care.”

Since 1999, more than 2700 individual children have found parents and lasting connections with adults because of Kidsave programs. Thousands more orphans and children in foster care around the globe have parents and lasting connections because of Kidsave’s training and advocacy efforts.

One of Kidsave’s most successful programs is its Summer Miracle Program.

Our family participated in this program in 2006. Yes, you probably guessed: our beloved son Alex was the child we hosted that magical summer.

Kidsave is now seeking Host Families for its 2010 Summer Miracles Program. If you know someone who may wish to learn about this program, you can find out more here .

If you want information about the Kidsave organization and its other programs, you can learn more here .

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

Super Sale at kajeet!

December 12, 2009

by Carol Politi

Still looking for that perfect holiday gift?  Looking for great savings?

Use promo code HOLIDAY10 and save 10% on any purchase on kajeet.com through Tuesday, 12/15/09. This includes the new, popular Rumor 2, as well any of our other hot handsets – even those that are already on sale! Plus, order now and also get free ground shipping!

Happy Holidays!

by Carol Politi

Why not so boring?  First, the Rumor 2 has arrived!   It has some great features – including threaded texting and an extra row of keys on the QWERTY keyboard.  (Ships Monday, December 7th).  Plus we have an array of Rumor 1 phones in great colors – check them out here.

Plus, you get 15% off on Cyber Monday on any purchases at kajeet.com (that’s 15% off any time tomorrow, 11/30/09).  Includes the new Rumor 2!  Free shipping on all orders.  Make sure to use promo code 15MONDAY at checkout to get your 15% off.

Carol