There are so many phones, which one is best for my child?
There really are a huge number of phones on the market, spanning a range of price points – but lots will generally offer way more than your child needs for their first phone. Here’s a few suggestions that are currently available with EE:
– The Alcatel Pixi 3 (3.5): A smaller handset for smaller hands, with 4GB memory for all those songs you hate. Plus a great battery, that can give them up to 40 hours of music playback, or seven hours of checking in with you.
– The LG K4 (2017): Another high-powered smartphone, but this one’s on Android. And it packs a punch: a 5-inch screen, HD camera, loads of memory.
– The Doro 6520: This one’s a flip phone. And if that alone isn't enough, you'll find a 2.8-inch display, super-easy menu, bigger buttons and a 2MP camera for those inevitable selfies.
What about all the other stuff? Social networking, games, streaming…
If you’re honest, your child will mostly be doing one of these things on their phone:
- snapping their pals (that's a Snapchat term)
- playing games (there are so, so many games)
- watching films or TV shows (if you share your Netflix / Amazon Prime account with them, remember to set up parental controls in-app)
- spending hours and hours and hours on YouTube
- whatsapping the word ‘lol’ a lot
If you go for a smartphone, you'll get 3G and even 4G capabilities, and access to all the social networks and streaming platforms. Most apps have their own in-app security settings, so you can keep ‘em safe without ruining the fun. Ask your child what apps they want to use and go from there. And remember: it’s a big step for any child to make, but one you should make together.
There's loads of Pay As You Go options available on EE, and if you need any more info just get in touch over the phone or in-store.
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