It’s time for their first phone.
Your child is approaching that awkward age where they need to be able to contact you. They need to be able to reach you in case of emergency… without having the world wide web at their fingertips.
Whether you’ve forgotten to pick them up from school, soccer practice, or their friend’s house, they need a platform on which you can communicate with them about how late you’re running. Especially as they gain independence, and spend more time away from you.
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Here are some ideas for mobile phones that do the bare minimum: calls and texts, without access to the internet.
Plus, they’re less than $60.
Microsoft Nokia 215
The Nokia 215 has all the basics: ability to call and text, as well as a camera and a torch. A TORCH. IN A PHONE? HOW? Super basic, easy to use, and sure to bring on some serious nostalgia within you.
You can buy the Microsoft Nokia 215 online here.
Nokia 130 - Red
Basically identical to the previous 'dumb phone' but COLOURFUL.
You can buy the Nokia 130 online here.
Vodafone Alcatel onetouch 2052
This cute number from Vodafone has all the basic gizmos as well as FM radio and a not-too-awful camera.