Although Mr Z is still young, it won’t be too long until we have to start thinking about a phone for him. Once he gets a little older and starts to spend more time out of the house in after school clubs or out with friends I would definitely feel more comfortable for him to have a method of staying in touch. I know a lot of parents are quite conflicted about young children & phones and wouldn’t prefer for them to have a phone at a young age, but I think there would be definite positive sides to having a phone. If the child is young, you can always restrict and limit their use!
To find out more about using pay as you go rather than using phone contracts and how this could work well for children, Three mobile sent us a Samsung Galaxy Fame phone on pay as you go (PAYG) to review.
The Samsung Galaxy Fame is a great little phone, like all the Samsung Galaxy products it is an Android touch screen device. As we had a Samsung Galaxy tab before, Mr Z was very confident in how to use this phone and download some of the games he likes on the app store. I did not add any of my credit card details into the store so he is not able to download any in app purchases or expensive games at all, which means its not as worrying if he is browsing the games and I look away for a minute! Although he would be beside himself with joy to have the option of spending 60 or 70 quid for the highest package of tomatoes on Turbo Fast (he likes to tell me that when he is an adult, this is what he is going to spend his money on!) I wouldn’t be very pleased to see that coming out of my bank account.
This is a positive point to the pay as you go on the phone too, I wouldn’t have to worry that he could run up a huge bill as I would know exactly how much money is being put on the phone and be able to keep track of it. I do think that primary school children really only need the phone to stay in touch with parents when outside the house, and not so much for contacting friends so the pay as you go balance should last a pretty long time. Once they are in secondary school I’m sure a lot more texting and spending time chatting on phones is inevitable.
I would prefer not to give the newest or most expensive phone to a young child, however these days children know and enjoy a lot of the apps and games and would like to play them when they see a phone. I think the Samsung Galaxy Fame is a great compromise here as it does have touch screen and all the games that they would enjoy, but is not the most expensive phone available. The price for Samsung Galaxy Fame is quite reasonable at £99.99 on pay a you go.
The Samsung Galaxy Fame comes in a choice of metallic blue or pearl white. We have the white phone as you can see above. Here are some of it’s features and specifications:
- 3.5” HVGA display
- 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
- Samsung Motion Features (Shake to update, Turn over to mute/pause)
- VGA front camera
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
- S Beam sharing with NFC technology
- 113.2 x 61.6 x 11.55mm Dimension
- 120.6g Weight
- 4GB Storage / 512MB RAM*
- Talk Time: Up to 520 / 370 minutes (2G / 3G)
- 1300mAh Battery Capacity
- USB Chargeble
It’s a very easy to use phone, which is pretty intuitive and self explanatory whatever your age – especially if you have previous experience with Android devices. This type of phone will be ideal for Mr Z as he grows a little older.
What are your thoughts about children and phones? What type of phone would you give them? Let me know in the comments.
Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
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