Any suggestions for a basic, cheap mobile & line rental for a 11 year old?

Sons birthday this month and he wants a mobile like all his friends. Anyone know of the cheapest tariff - was thinking along the lines of a pay as you go?
I know nothing about mobiles, cheaper and more basic the better!
Ta.

19 Comments

"I know nothing about mobiles"

A really good reason not to get one for your sprog.

I would say go for a nokia as simplest phones. Orange is good for orange wednesday where you get bogof on cinema tickets. Tescos is good as he would earn you points and if top up £10 a month get £30 free. Most kids would expect a phone to have a MP3 player and a camera at the very least. Also I know tesco mobile include a £10 top up free in there phone prices, so could get a half decent one for £30-50 including top up.
Edited by: "Shellywelly" 16th Feb 2011

virus

"I know nothing about mobiles"A really good reason not to get one for … "I know nothing about mobiles"A really good reason not to get one for your sprog.



here we go again. This really annoys me, if she wants to get one for her son its up to her, she is his parent and the OP asked for mobile advice not parenting advice.

Any pay as you go phone (take him into carphonewarehouse or somewhere to have a play and see what he likes) and a giffgaff sim. £10 per month goodybag gets you 150 mins, unlimited texts and unlimited internet.

Shellywelly

here we go again. This really annoys me, if she wants to get one for her … here we go again. This really annoys me, if she wants to get one for her son its up to her, she is his parent and the OP asked for mobile advice not parenting advice.



Agree. My 12yr old has had a mobile for past year and I wouldnt dare justify why he has one to a faceless stranger on the internet.

bossyboots

Agree. My 12yr old has had a mobile for past year and I wouldnt dare … Agree. My 12yr old has had a mobile for past year and I wouldnt dare justify why he has one to a faceless stranger on the internet.



BB why have you allowed your son to have a mobile at his age?! Heres my face -
http://www.spunangel.com/uploaded_images/ugly_person-720907.jpg

Im no longer faceless so you can now answer! lol

price range for mobile

try chitter chatter

Three get my vote, since their tariffs are cheap, and they offer a credit-lock service which means you can't go over your allowance or dial premium-rate lines.

*books dh058977 as babysitter*

Hyperemisis, if you fancy PAYG rather than a contract, the three cheapest I know of (all 4p a text, 8p per minute call) are ASDA (Vodafone network), Giffgaff (02) and Ikea Family (Tmobile).

Remember to check your network coverage before you shell out for any credit and don't just take the networks' word for it - get a sim (available cheap or free if you look around) for each network, borrow an unlocked phone and try each network's reception in and around where your boy intends using his phone.

As to a choice of handset, unless your son is a well-orgainised individual who will remember to charge his handset regularly, then don't underestimate the value of a really long battery life over any fancy, power-draining features. And if he insists of protecting his privacy with a PIN code, make sure he tells you what it is so you can write it down somewhere for when he forgets it! *glares at own son*

Banned

Shellywelly

here we go again. This really annoys me, if she wants to get one for her … here we go again. This really annoys me, if she wants to get one for her son its up to her, she is his parent and the OP asked for mobile advice not parenting advice.



Perhaps the OP is uneducated in the matter or has not been pointed in the direction of the current government advice on use of mobile phones for the under 16's. I have done the finger work...this stops parents in 20yrs time saying "the government could have warned us".

"The expert group has therefore recommended that
in line with a precautionary approach, the widespread
use of mobile phones by children (under the age of
16) should be discouraged for non-essential calls.
In the light of this recommendation the UK Chief
Medical Officers strongly advise that where children
and young people do use mobile phones, they should
be encouraged to:
• use mobile phones for essential purposes only
• keep all calls short - talking for long periods
prolongs exposure and should be discouraged
The UK CMOs recommend that if parents want to
avoid their children being subject to any possible risk
that might be identified in the future, the way to do
so is to exercise their choice not to let their children
use mobile phones
."
[http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_4123981.pdf]


lumoruk

Perhaps the OP is uneducated in the matter or has not been pointed in the … Perhaps the OP is uneducated in the matter or has not been pointed in the direction of the current government advice on use of mobile phones for the under 16's. I have done the finger work...this stops parents in 20yrs time saying "the government could have warned us"."The expert group has therefore recommended thatin line with a precautionary approach, the widespreaduse of mobile phones by children (under the age of16) should be discouraged for non-essential calls.In the light of this recommendation the UK ChiefMedical Officers strongly advise that where childrenand young people do use mobile phones, they shouldbe encouraged to:• use mobile phones for essential purposes only• keep all calls short - talking for long periodsprolongs exposure and should be discouragedThe UK CMOs recommend that if parents want toavoid their children being subject to any possible riskthat might be identified in the future, the way to doso is to exercise their choice not to let their childrenuse mobile phones."[http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_4123981.pdf]




This is why I've always told my children to text rather than call and to keep their phones in their bags rather than in a pocket in close proximity to their bodies.

Sons birthday this month and he wants a mobile like all his friends. … Sons birthday this month and he wants a mobile like all his friends. Anyone know of the cheapest tariff - was thinking along the lines of a pay as you go?



There is no "cheapest tariff".
You first have to decide how much, and how he makes his calls.

At his age, I wouldn't look too much into it, just get a cheap phone that isn't attractive to other children to mug him for it, or expensive to replace, as if it is still in his possession in a years time, it will be a miracle.

Original Poster

Thanks for all the comments. Don't some ppeope over react on here?!? All I wanted to know was what was the cheapest pay as you go tariff! My son starts secondary school in September so I don't think a basic mobile (we're talking one able to talk and text and that's about it) is such a bad idea, seeing as his school is a 20 minute bus ride away.

I didn't say a wanted a all singing all dancing bling phone, because I had thought about the fact it could get lost or stolen and also the fact that he is 11 so who exactly is he gonna call? It's just so that he is contactable - I know my parents would have saved themselves a few panic attacks had I had one when a teenager.

I notice the comments of support (thanks) are from those who have kids around the same age, which says it all. Obviously they know what it's like.
Anyway, have decided to buy him a pitbull and motorbike instead now...
Edited by: "hyperemisis" 17th Feb 2011

For a cheap, low use, PAYG phone with £7.50 cash back ( TCB/Quidco) have a look here.
They come unlocked.
You can also ask a question on the new mobot HUKD thingy - see the RHSide of the page.
Edited by: "chesso" 17th Feb 2011

- Get a pay as you go
- Get the cheapest Nokia you can find (possibly FS/FT on here, or ebay)

You need to educate yourself with potential problems he'll encounter; premium rate phone lines, spam text messages, who to give his number out to.

You'll both learn something from him having his own phone - he'll learn the value of phoning/texting, if you put strict limits on how much he is allowed, and you'll hate yourself every time he begs £10 to make more calls

Child's new secondary school allows mobiles?

Most don't. Confiscated, parent summoned to collect and child with negative rep. straight away. Or taken away by older child and parent says school is rife with bullying.

I'm sure the 11 yr old will be happy with a basic phone (irony).

As to the people advocating getting a plan with unlimited internet on a mobile device for an 11 year old - isn't there a big story in today's news?

Personally I'd get the Tesco £7.50 a month 150 minutes unlimited texts. It's rolling so after a couple of months look at his useage and see if going payg would have saved anything (I bet it won't) He'll make loads of new friends at secondary school and the last thing you will want is for him to be left out of any new groups of kids because he can't afford to text / call them. Kids mainly text these days so the unlimited text will be great for him. I'd also look into getting him a half decent phone as he will want one in the near future and you don't want him to look a fool with a really cheap phone.

virus

Child's new secondary school allows mobiles? Most don't. Confiscated, … Child's new secondary school allows mobiles? Most don't. Confiscated, parent summoned to collect and child with negative rep. straight away. Or taken away by older child and parent says school is rife with bullying.I'm sure the 11 yr old will be happy with a basic phone (irony).



Our local secondary doesn't ban them, so long as the handsets are switched off during lessons. Seems sensible, as enforcing a phone ban would be nigh on impossible.

My youngest has a phone with some nice whistles and bells for being Mr Out-and-About, but the phone he keeps in his school bag is a scuffed old hand-me-down with no games, camera or anything else that would make him take it out except for the need to make a phone call/send a text. Thus he's not tempted to flash it about, nor is the handset attractive to thieves. A fiver's credit on it lasts for ages and it's saved me a lot of worry on a few occasions when the school bus has broken down. Having a mobile also lets my son ask in advance whether he can bring home a friend or go to someone's house after school.
Edited by: "eatenbyweasels" 17th Feb 2011
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