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Best Cell Phones for Kids

Wirefly Learn » Resources

August 6th, 2008


What are the best phones for kids?

If you’ve come to the conclusion that a cell phone is indeed in your child’s near future, how do you know what phone to get? Well, truth is, there’s no right or wrong answer. There are, however, many cell phones geared at the younger generation that offer features that both kids and parents will love. We’ve provided a list of cell phones that will please mom and dad while also offering highly sought after features including full QWERTY keyboards for texting, built-in music players, on-board cameras and camcorders, and more.

If you’re still undecided whether a cell phone is right for your child, here is some food for thought that might help you make the right decision: Cell phones for kids: Questions for parents to ponder.

LG Ally Samsung Impression Samsung Seek LG Sentio
LG Ally Samsung Impression Samsung Seek LG Sentio
Shop Now Shop Now Shop Now Shop Now
Carrier Verizon Wireless AT&T Sprint T-Mobile
Available Colors Black Blue Black/Blue, Red & Pink Blue
Input QWERTY & Touch Screen QWERTY & Touch Screen QWERTY & Touch Screen Touch Screen
Family Locator Verizon Family Locator AT&T FamilyMap Sprint Family Locator -
Music Player YES YES YES YES
Camera Megapixels 3.2 MP 3.0 MP 1.3 MP 3.0 MP
Camcorder YES YES NO YES
Photo/Video Messaging YES YES YES YES
Instant Messaging Yes; all major services available using free apps from Android Market Yahoo!, AOL, Windows Live Yahoo!, AOL, Windows Live Yahoo!, AOL, Windows Live
Applications & Games Available YES YES YES YES
GPS Navigation VZ Navigator; Google Maps with Navigation AT&T Navigator NO Telenav
Voice-dialing YES YES YES YES
Mem. card slot microSD microSD microSD microSD
Weight 5.57 oz 5.3 oz 3.9 oz 4.4 oz
Dimensions 4.6″ x 2.2″ x 0.6″ 4.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.6″ 4.1″ x 2.1″ x 0.6″ 2.1″ x 4.2″ x 0.6″

Shop Now for the Best Prices on: Sprint Phones, T-Mobile Phones and Verizon Wireless Phones.

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52 Responses to “Best Cell Phones for Kids”

  • mellisa
    July 16, 2012

    hi i choose wirefly becase i really need a phone

  • ive been bullyed so many times in my life and a phone would really come i handy for times like that

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  • I chose Kajeet (Sprint Network) for my daughter. They had the best on-line parental controls. I have AT&T, but their parental controls weren’t what we needed. Kajeet allows you to input the #’s the phone can send/receive calls and text messages. Then you don’t have to worry about sexting or predators. You also have the option to limit minutes per day used, time of day phone used and there is GPS for safety. You can even get email alerts to make sure your child arrived at their destination.

    • Could you tell me more about your child’s plan? It sounds really good. How does it work? Who do you call?

      • I was just looking at some cell phones for my niece and found some information about the Kajeet. It seems like a great option! To sign up for the Kajeet service, you don’t sign up through Sprint, though the phone uses the Sprint network. This is the wedsite I found the information on. http://cellphonesforkidsguide.com/ Hope it helps!

  • poushali
    July 28, 2011

    i am 13 . i need a perfect mobile for me . it should be in rs7000-9000

    • Poushali, Wirefly sells phones only in the US and we’re not familiar with international models. You’ll probably have the best success looking at a cell phone blog operating from your country (India?).

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Cell phones for kids -I’d go with a prepaid carrier, like TracFone. This is to prevent crazy phone bills and since there’s a finite number of minutes, you are in control of your kids phone time. As far as the rightful age, well that all depends on your child/situation. Besides, if you want to buy cell phones that are specifically designed for kids like ones that can only dial 3 numbers, they are often more pricey. I think the key to getting kids cell phones is also to teach them the responsiblity that comes along with owning one.

    • That’s very sensible, Nina. Wirefly now sells a variety of pre-paid cellphones from several different providers, so there’s something for everyone.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • momofmany
    May 12, 2011

    I got my kids a phone at the young age of 7. Why? Because they go back and forth to school, to the park, etc. My oldest was 9. What is funny, my youngest takes better care of her phone. LOL. I love the GPS features to locate them at anytime. I can pay extra and block their calls, incoming or outgoing, I have total access at this time to their voice mail, and Verizon shows me incoming/outgoing calls, who they are texting, and we have serious rules that I follow up with. As in, when I ask for the phone, I get the phone and will go through their phone at anytime. If your child goes ANYWHERE without you….to their friends house, to the park, etc…. a cell phone is a MUST, especially with GPS family location. My kindergartener will have one this year for the same reason. He rides his bike with his sisters and even though they are older, he knows how to use the phone and allows him to call me if anything is wrong.

  • Jamir
    May 3, 2011

    I really want my 8 year old daughter to have a firefly because she really wants 1.

  • kids do not need phones till there 12y.o . in my school people call them saying bad words
    all my friends have one but me. i dont care . my mam did not get a phone till she was 29y.o

  • what is a number i can call if i have a question

  • what do you mean by free? can we get a phone for free?send me how to get a free phones pls?

    • For many phones, you can get the phone for free from Wirefly if you sign up for a two-year contract. To complete the deal, you will need a credit card account in good standing and pass a credit check. Assuming those are not a problem, you can get a free phone… and there are some pretty nice phones available for free from Wirefly.


  • i had a pink flip phone then a silver flip then a black flip phone!
    know i am gonna get a slider phone PS:if you buy your kid a phone get a tracfone prepaid
    phone one with double minutes for life so you get more for your money!

  • popprincess
    February 10, 2011

    i think kids at least 10 should get a phone because if
    they are any younger they could loose or break it
    even if they say they wont!

  • my dad said i can get a phone.in the next 25 months!!!!

  • you are right about i want the same her to please .

  • worriedmom22
    October 28, 2010

    Kids need phones, it’s a different time, now the information exposure is out there and it’silly to deny them access. I got my daughter a prepaid phone with Net10, and pay only $15 bucks a month for 200 minutes, it’s enought for her, goodness the average adult uses 200 a month! the perk is she is really good with the spending, controling her balance and all! and she is only 10. I’m glad I got her the cellphone, she is also learning to control her expenses. A lot more than I did when I was her age.

  • Josh Guberman
    October 12, 2010

    I keep on asking my mom 4 a cellhpone but she is saying no… she says im not respondsible 4 1 but i am and same with my dad and they got my brother and they got him one on the day that we were going 2 a party and they him 1 because he dint like that party and now he hardly uses it here r the reasons why: 1: he used it all throgh the party and then when we got home he hardly used it… I mean what’s up with that??? and i want the first 3 phones.

    • Jamir
      May 3, 2011

      I used to have a cell wen i was 8 but my ma couldnt afford so it was turned off.

  • I really want and need a cell phone but my mom said I can have one when I can pay for it with my own money…

  • Righteous parent
    September 20, 2010

    Right! I am of the firm belief that if you’re going to spend money (sorry Joslyn, everything comes with a price, even if your mom / dad buys it for you), whatever you spend it on must justify the expense. In the case of buying my teenager a phone, it’s there to phone me. To tell me to pick up from school, or he’s forgotten something, and most importantly, if there is trouble – then the phone comes to it’s own. It’s not there to entertain, or to keep an imaginable link between the same friends you will see at school the next day. Sure, those things are nice, but not essential. Any kid can work (maybe I sound terrible), or at least deserve some money (may it be pocket money or not), with which they can buy their own minutes. Having said that, why shouldn’t I get a tracfone, that is by far cheaper than any other phone, and has extremely cheap top-up rates, AND, won’t get me into trouble at the end of the month because my son ‘lost track’ of usage? I’m being given the cold shoulder because of not getting a smart phone with a contract! Seriously!

  • wow

  • i realy want and need a cell phone but my mom said i dont need one one time she droped me and my brother off at the mall and we had to walk back and forth to starbucks just to txt her and then my ipod turned off and i was mad hopfuly she gets me one for christmas

  • im 12 y.o so that i will have my own cellphone
    it will be my 3rd phone……….yeah

  • There are many choices of cell phones out there but when it comes to choosing one for you child, tracfone is a great choice. Tracfone offers high-quality phones including camera and data phones that will appeal to kids taste. Plus, there is no contact and a whole years service can cost only $80 for 240 mins. If you have a child that might use their phone more and 240 mins wouldn’t be enough, for a $20 airtime card they can receive 60 minutes of talk time.

  • i need a celluler phone my parents say im too young i say screw them i walk 4 blocks to get to school a lot can happen i could get shot taken killed am i right if i am say so

    we are kisd we need things that are cool

    this is for my gf Kayla if u know her give me her number i forgot it thanks

    • For the sake of respecting your parents and other’s around I seriously don’t think u are ready 4 a cell phone. U have proven that just by your bad language. Grow up first then u may deserve a fone!!

    • Alex, I understand the fear of “what might happen?” but if you were my kid with that attitude you wouldn’t get one either. If you are old enough to get a job get you a working permit and go to work. I’d never get my child anything with that attitude but a smack in the head! just sayin’

  • christina
    June 14, 2010

    who cares.

  • lloyd foster
    June 11, 2010

    i really need this phone

  • Nawtica Boisseau
    May 25, 2010

    i really need this phone becase i walk to school and in just in case somebody try to get me..please need send it…

  • JoeE71
    May 20, 2010

    Why do kids need a cell phone? Just get them a FotoDialer. It allows them to dial people/places by pressing a button next to the wallet-sized photograph of whoever they want to call. Emergency numbers are placed on the first page.

  • There free but you have to have a plan that cost money children there just saying these are the few that are good for children!

  • I really want the LG xenon for free please.

  • wow i got 2 get 1 of these is there a catch

  • wow i get to get one of these is there a catch

  • jonathan
    March 21, 2010

    i want a really cool phone

  • how this is free

  • laquenneta
    February 21, 2010

    we need free phones for our children am i right? POWER TO THE PEOPLE!THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY.
    amen amen!(reply back plz)!

  • r these fones 4 kids

  • rachelle
    January 20, 2010

    i would just like an affordable phone to fit my budget for my kids.

  • beatrice
    January 16, 2010

    please get me this phone cuz i need one love gerri noble cuz we want to call each other everuy day girl do u like it

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