When you’re looking for a phone for your child, there’s a lot to think about. From finding the right phone and tariff, to introducing them to the big wide world of mobile technology, apps, internet and feature-packed phones, it can be quite a minefield.
But first things first – getting the phone itself and deciding how to buy it. Now, you could go down the route of a monthly contract, or Pay as You Go. But have you ever considered SIM Only or SIM Free options? They offer great flexibility and amazing value, which we’ll go into soon. But first… let’s go to the very beginning.
What does SIM Only mean?
It does exactly what it says on the tin. SIM Only means you’re buying just the SIM – not the phone.
This could be ideal if you’re handing down a phone to your child. And also, if the phone’s not brand new, you might not be so worried about any scratches and scrapes they might inflict on it!
What are the benefits of going SIM Only for your kid’s first phone?
The main thing is the flexibility of choosing the amount of data your child really needs. Whether they need a little or a lot of data, there’s bound to be a perfect SIM Only deal for them.
You could also save money compared to a monthly bill – with the added benefit that you’re not locked into a lengthy contract.
And there’s loads of choice with a wide range of networks – and you’ll still get all the network benefits.
What is a SIM free phone?
You buy the phone without a SIM. Simply choose the phone you want, then get all the benefits of a SIM Only deal. When you buy from Carphone Warehouse, all of our SIM free phones come unlocked, so you can choose whichever network you like.
What are the benefits of buying a SIM free phone?
When you’re buying a phone for a child, you can buy the phone outright – which might not be too much if you’ve got a budget phone in mind – then only pay the network for your minutes, texts and data allowance. It can definitely work out cheaper.
Oh, and it’s that F-word again… flexibility. One-month rolling contracts and 12-month contracts are common place, as opposed to two years, which you’d often find with a monthly tariff.
Loads. Click here for a huge selection of great value SIM Only deals – like a one-month rolling contract from iD Mobile giving you 500 minutes and 1GB of data for just £5. Or 500MB of data for £3.99. When it comes to the essentials for your child’s first phone, this could be just the thing. But get exploring and see what works for you – and them.
What phones would you recommend for parents choosing a first phone for their kids. Did a SIM Only or SIM Free option work for you? Tell us below.