My kids are still young, but already at 7 my girls have prepaid cell phones. It was not my doing. They got them from Daddy on their birthday. They don't use them really. They are in their bags for emergency purposes. Although, when they unwrapped them one said “Can we text people with this?” LOL!!!
Deciding when to give your kids a cell phone is entirely up to you of course. And now, T-Mobile may be helping to influence a few parents decisions. Below is a press release announcing T-Mobile's new plan to keep families connected more affordably with their Kids Are Free promotion.
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2010 — Continuing its efforts to give families the freedom to stay connected on their terms, T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a new promotional offer called Kids Are Free to make family communication easy and more budget friendly. With Kids Are Free, new and existing T-Mobile customers who sign up for a qualifying family plan through Nov. 2, 2010, receive free add-a-line service on up to three lines of their plan until 2012.1
Families are busier than ever. Between soccer practice, school, time with friends and work, families are always on the go, and mobile phones provide a vital line of communication for them. According to a study published in April 2010 by the Pew Research Center, 75 percent of children ages 12 to 17 now have a cell phone.2 That said, it can be a struggle for parents to balance the family budget in order to keep the whole family in touch while on the go.
“Not only is T-Mobile offering the most flexible and affordable family plans among national carriers today, we are also making it more affordable than ever for families to add their kids or other family members by eliminating the associated monthly service fee until 2012,” said Ashley White, marketing director of value offers at T-Mobile USA. “The up-front cost of purchasing new phones and dealing with monthly service fees for an entire family can add up quickly, so this promotion is designed to make it easier for families.”
The Kids are Free promotion is the latest effort from T-Mobile to ensure families are united with compelling and affordable mobile services. Additional family-friendly offers this fall include the following:
- Special deals on the latest devices. Starting today customers who purchase a Samsung Vibrant receive a second Samsung Vibrant for free after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Also, T-Mobile’s new line of messaging phones are all under $75 after a mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Adding unlimited texting for the whole family is just $20 per month.
- T-Mobile’s Even More® and no annual contract Even More Plus® family plans offer customers affordable options for their family’s wireless communication. T-Mobile’s Even More family plans start at $59.99 per month and T-Mobile’s Even More Plus family plans start at just $49.99 per month.
- T-Mobile’s Family Allowances™ service lets parents set up-front monthly allowances for their family’s phone usage — minutes, messages, and downloads.
More information about T-Mobile’s Kids Are Free offer is available at http://www.t-mobile.com or check out free T-Mobile phones.
1 Offer expires Nov. 2, 2010; applies to voice and messaging on up to three lines added to qualifying two-line family plans. Taxes, fees (including $1.41 regulatory programs fee, $35 activation fee, and up to $200 early termination fee for two-year contracts) and other services additional. After Dec. 31, 2011, regular pricing applies.
2 Pew Research Center: Teens and Mobile Phones, United States; by Amanda Lenhart, Rich Ling, Scott Campbell, Kristen Purcell; April 2010.