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I know a lot of parents out there want to have less technology in their child’s life. We reminisce about our own childhoods where we enjoyed the simpler things like climbing trees at the park and the only way you could chat to your friends was face-to-face after cruising over to their house on your pushbike. But it’s important to remember that technology has brought a lot of great benefits to our lives and there are some very good reasons to make sure your child has their own mobile phone.

If your kid gets lost they can use an inbuilt GPS app to get back home, they can download educational games or apps for study, you don’t have to buy them a separate iPod for music and most importantly it gives them a line of contact with you and vice versa so you can always reach each other. If you get separated in the shopping centre, all you have to do is buzz their number. Plus, the world is becoming more tech-focused by the day, and they will most likely have to learn how to use smart technology at some point in their life anyway.

It is up to you as a parent to decide whether you believe your child is ready to have their own phone. If you feel they are ready, here are some of our suggestions for handsets for your kids. I don’t think it’s wise to put the latest, greatest, $1000 handset in the hands of a child who struggles to keep a sea monkey alive. The good news is there are still places you can buy older, inexpensive smartphone models (such as the iiOnlineStore). Here are some of the older handsets that would be perfect for kids.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Galaxy ace 

At a meagre $69.95 the Samsung Galaxy Ace is an inexpensive option you won’t mind putting in the grubby hands of your younger primary school aged kids. This stripped-back phone may not be decked out with bells and whistles, but its minimalist design is still quite sophisticated. With a glossy finish, rounded edges and light weight, it is a phone that is very comfortable in the hand. It handles core tasks like calls, texts and accessing the internet capably with quick, responsive touch screen, good call quality and a smooth browsing experience.

One of the downfalls of the phone may actually be a saving grace for parents: the Samsung Galaxy Ace does not support Flash. This means your child can’t get distracted as easily by funny viral videos (though they still can access some through the YouTube app). Though this model may not have the highest resolution or data storage, it is a nice, affordable option if your main focus is calls, texts and browsing.

Samsung Galaxy Express

Galaxy Express White On Point

This nifty number is great value at an affordable $199. This mid-range phone sports a 1.5GHz dual processor allowing it to zip through tasks smoothly and at an impressive speed. Call quality is crisp and clear and the camera takes a decent picture, though if picture quality is your main concern, you may be more suited to another model.

What makes the Samsung Galaxy Express a good choice for kids is its hardiness and reliability. It has a resilient battery life and reported talk time of 14 hours! Even if your child is tapping away all day, they should get a decent 12 hours solid use out of one charge. If they’re more careful to conserve their battery they could get 2 days out of one charge. The device itself is energy efficient and boasts a consistently solid performance.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Active

New to the iiOnlineStore is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. This phone is a bit more of an investment at $379.95, but at almost half the price of the original Samsung Galaxy S4, it still shares many of the same high-end features. Its rugged design is water and dust resistant and built to survive the daily life of even the most active kids. I’m not talking about enduring one little splash: this water baby should be able to dive down 3 feet for up to 30 minutes!

As a phone optimised for an outdoors lifestyle, it’s no surprise it takes attractive photos in daylight and can even take pictures underwater with Aqua Mode. The battery not only has a large capacity, it is also replaceable, so you can equip your kid with a second battery and not have to worry about not being able to reach them if their phone dies. Since this is a higher end phone, I would recommend it more for your teenage kids, rather than the primary schoolers.

Which smartphone model do you recommend for kids? Let us know in the comments below.

23 comments

  1. Geoff Ball says:

    I would like to purchase your Samsung GalaxyS4 to replace the “ACE” you sent me 2years ago.
    CAN DO? Please Advise. Geoff Ball

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Hey Geoff,

      That definitely seems possible fs you’ve seen your existing plan through to the end! Given our friendly sales team a call on 13 19 17 so we can take a closer look at your account and we’ll be happy to help arrange for a new phone!

      – Tal

  2. Tracy says:

    Teenagers prefer the iphone.

  3. ken says:

    Ok phone say $199 But what is monthly calls allowance and charges. Looking for my Granddaughter . I am pensioner
    I cant afford much

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Hi Ken,

      Plans to go with the mobile handsets start at $15 per month on top of any handset repayments. More details can be found on the plan page on our website here: http://www.iinet.net.au/phone/mobile-phones/sim-only/

      If you need any assistance in choosing an appropriate plan and handset, our sales team would be more than happy to help and can be contacted any time on 13 19 17.

      – Tal

  4. Irene says:

    I used to buy Samsung products until I was diddled on my Samsung phone. I hadn’t even finished paying for it and the battery stuffed up. Batteries need to last at least as long as the 24 month plan. anything else is a scam.

  5. David McClelland says:

    Hi guys, these phones look great but what about bundling them with kid proof cases? Our kids phones have been smashed when dropped, puddle dumped (while in a pocket), lost in the local river and even smashed on a kids tooth when they dropped it on their face (that one was a tablet actually). A kid proof, waterproof case with a retractable cord would be brilliant, not just a floppy screen protector. Thanks

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Hi David,

      Those are definitely some rough times for the kids and phones there, and cases would definitely help! While we don’t presently have any bundling options available for accessories it’s certainly a good idea and we’ll be sure to look at new options to add in future. In the meantime, we do recommend checking out the range of covers and cases we have on offer on our online store!

      – Tal

  6. Christine says:

    Hey to iinet. These phones all sound awesome. Forget the kids. My hubby wants to get a phone when he retires and does not want the ‘bling n sirens’ that goes with mobile phones. I think he will be happy to choose one of these. So inexpensive and practical. Thanks iinet. Cheers

  7. Trish Hawkins says:

    When are you going to bring out a special data package for school holidays??
    you have a few months to get some thing organised for a long hot summer of phone fun. My teenage son wojld lovevyou forever
    Cheers
    Trish

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Hi Trish,

      Thanks for the suggestion! For now we have no immediate plans to release any packages for the holidays and would suggest looking at changing plans as required through Toolbox to meet any anticipated increase in usage. We are always looking to see what we can do to improve on our range though and will be sure to post more information about any new and exciting changes when they occur!

      – Tal

  8. Lucinda says:

    You know what Iinet? the image of a group of children sitting together AND ALL OF THEM on the phone says to me you don’t understand or care about the importance of good interpersonal skills and their role in good relationships and society harmony.

    When you are in the company of another person/other people you don’t have a conversation with someone outside the group that excludes the people you are with. It is at the very least inconsiderate but more so it’s appallingly rude and disrespectful to the people you are with.

    You are happy to promote, teach bad social skills to children for the $ OR you are just ignorant? Either way it doesn’t say anything good about your values.
    And I care about the values of the businesses I support.

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Hi Lucinda,

      Thanks for your feedback, we understand each person will have their own view or interpretation of the images presented in our blog posts and are sorry you feel this negatively expresses the communication between children today.

      From our own perspective, the image represents a group of friends that are comfortable in each others’ presence enough to afford the use of their mobile phones without coming across as rude or inconsiderate to each other.

      Today’s modern age of communication has resulted in a shift in how we go about our methods of communication and developing interpersonal skills. While it may be inconsiderate to use a phone in some circumstances, we do not see any problem with the mood or expression of the individuals presented in this article’s image and believe that the inference of whether such an action would be appropriate socially is entirely based on the context of the situation.

      We hope this helps provide some clarification to our reasoning behind the use of the image.

      – Tal

  9. Graeme says:

    My son works in the IT industry and is not a great fan of the Apple product as he thinks it keeps users captive. I note that Werstnet promotes the Samsung product without mention of the other. Do you concur with my son therefore?
    G

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Hi Graeme,

      The iiNet and Westnet sites will update the available handsets on offer depending on stock levels and availability. We recently added the new range of iPhone 6 and 6 plus handsets in line with their launch today. Given this it’s safe to say we believe in both ranges of products!

      – Tal

  10. John says:

    Why is every phone here a Samsung? There are greatly suitable phones from other manufacturers as well. We supplied our 12 year old daughter with a Sony Xperia E, a small cheap phone that’s able to take a beating and laugh it off. Thing keeps going like an old Nokia.

  11. Mj Muir says:

    thank you for your suggestion. this is a great help.

    What about plans for kids. Suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Tal Waterhouse says:

      Hey MJ,

      There can be a number of plans to choose from depending on how you want to manage or supply usage to kids! If you’re looking for a set value of calls and data you can try a pre-paid option they could freely use until it’s time to recharge, or you could look to our own range of monthly mobile plans which offer a great amount of included calls to keep in touch as well as data for their apps and mobile browsing needs.

      – Tal

  12. Roy Leschke says:

    Thank you. Your suggestions of mobiles for children actually is a help to the older folk like me who has little knowlege in this area.

  13. Paul Hales says:

    Hey,It’s not just the kids, I’m an old bloke, well and truly retired and I wouldn’t part with my Galaxy Ace.

  14. judith Storm says:

    How much is your plan, Paul?

  15. Peter says:

    While promoting budget phones, I find it surprising that iinet doesn’t include Windows phones in their range.

  16. Good one, Lucinda. That photo sums it up nicely. Shame on IInet.
    It’s not just kids. The whole of society is getting ‘side-tracked’ from meaningful conversation with our fellow man/woman.
    I rue the day I allowed my daughter to have a mobile phone (supposedly for emergencies, as IInet ‘recommend’). She now relates to her friends in 10 word SMS.

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