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How to Choose the Best Wireless Plan for A Child

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop for the best wireless plan with Walmart Family Mobile  has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.  See how and why we chose Walmart Family Moblile for our daughter.

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Deciding when a child is ready for a cell phone can be difficult and expensive.  Finding the best wireless plan for a child can be tricky for a parent as there are so many factors to consider when a child is using the wireless plan including the cost.  This year my daughter, Ella,  started 1st grade at our local public school.  We live less than a mile from the school, which means that we are “walkers.”  Despite our 100 degree temperatures, Ella has been insistent on walking to school.   We agreed to follow her in the car while she walked to ensure her safety.

One afternoon my husband went to school to pick up Ella and let her walk home, following her in the car.  As Ella was about half way home, a car pulled up beside her.  My husband quickly pulled up alongside the car and swooped Ella in to our car.  Ella told us that a man and a woman in the car asked her where her parents were. When she pointed out my husband following her, they drove away.

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I have no idea if that couple meant harm or good towards my little girl and even though we have no intention of allowing her to walk alone, we wanted an extra layer of security. S0 my husband and I started discussing the idea of getting Ella a cell phone.

Now, if you had asked me two months ago what I thought of kids having cell phones, and then taking them to school, I would have been vehemently opposed to that idea.  Kids don’t need cell phones especially at school.  If a parent needed to get a hold of their kid, they could just call the school and leave a message. Wrong! My daughter’s school won’t take or give messages to students over the phone.  The parent has to go in to the school.  Suddenly the idea of my 7 year old having a cell phone didn’t seem quite so crazy.

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We decided to go ahead and add a line to our Walmart Family Mobile plan for Ella.  We’ve been very pleased with the Walmart Family Mobile service so far with my husband’s phone so it was an easy decision to add her to that plan.  We purchased an inexpensive phone so we wouldn’t be worried if it gets damaged.  To add a line to our current Walmart Family Mobile plan with unlimited talk, text, and web is only $35/month.  Adding just talk and text costs even less.  We figured this is a great, budget friendly way to give Ella a chance to try out a cell phone so we can see if she can handle the responsibility.

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So far, so good.  Ella loves have a phone and we’re working out the rules with her.  Make sure to check back next month to see how Walmart Family Mobile is working for our family.  #FamilyMobileSaves #cbias

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  • Lisa
    November 14, 2013

    Hi Camille – can you share whether there are any additional fees to the two lines you have now with family Mobile and what it ends up costing? I heard stories that they add all kinds of fees, despite the budget friendly monthly price. Thank you.

    • Camille
      November 14, 2013

      Hi Lisa – good question! My total for two lines is right around $75/mo ($40 for the 1st line and $35 for the 2nd both with unlimited everything). And that’s the price with taxes and fees. I feel like they actually add less fees than our other wireless carrier does. We’ve been on the plan for months now and the price has stayed the same. No surprises at all.

      • Lisa
        November 14, 2013

        thank you again.

  • Mallery
    October 14, 2013

    I am glad that my toddler isn’t ready for his own phone just yet! I’m so glad that the Walmart Plan is so Affordable! #client

  • Kristin Wheeler (
    October 11, 2013

    Nice job! Awesome photos! Thanks for your participation in this campaign! #client

  • Lisa
    September 17, 2013

    I’m going to have to check into this for my daughter.

  • April Erhard
    September 17, 2013

    Glad my daughter does not want a phone yet, but seems like a good deal!

  • Jennifer
    September 17, 2013

    What a big milestone for you guys – it’s awesome that it’s so affordable!

  • Cathy
    September 17, 2013

    My issue is that a cell phone does not protect a child, so it might make you feel better, but kids need to be able to make decisions in all situations with or without a cell phone