Let’s face it! Being a parent is not a walk in the park like we often see in commercials. Balancing your child’s wants and needs with what you feel is best for them can be quite tricky. A particularly difficult issue for today’s parents is the question of when to give your child its first phone. Is there a right age? How do you know that your child is ready to own a smartphone?
I know what you’re thinking, times have changed. When we were young we were playing outside with friends, now children prefer to spend time on their phones more than anything else and chances are that by the time they’re in middle school they’ll be pressing for a phone because without one they might feel left out socially.
As a parent, you have to think about it very well and decide when it’s the perfect time to give your child a smartphone and don’t forget that once you give it to him, you need to set rules and boundaries before things get out of hand.
I thought about it a lot and I decided to give my daughter her first phone when she turned 11. Now she is more independent and I need to be able to know where she is at all times. Because she is still a child, I decided to buy her a SIM only deal since I find it more suitable for her age.
Why did I choose a SIM only deal?
In my opinion, this is the best option for a child. We are used paying monthly mobile plans that include minutes, data and a monthly installment for a new handset. A SIM only means that you only pay for the services without the handset, which means that you pay a lot less money.
With a SIM only deal you can pay:
- Monthly – Here you can sign up for a 30-days contract or a 12-month contract. Of course, the 12-month contract has more benefits than the 30-days one, it’s cheaper and has more minutes and data than the other one.
- Pay as you go (PAYG) – this is my personal favorite! Here you pay upfront an amount of your choosing topping up as and when you need to. Most of the PAYG deals have quite short expiry dates, around 30 days, so it’s useful to check with your provider before you decide to buy credit for a big amount. I prefer this option better because it’s cheaper and I only pay for what I use without any extra’s.
Most of the providers, if not all, have SIM only deals, so before you settle for one, make sure you check them all, you never know which one will suit your needs better. If you already have a phone number and you want to keep it, that is no problem, just mention that to the provider that you choose and it should be fine.
What is your opinion about the SIM only deals? Let me know your opinion in the comment section below.