This post is sponsored by Trademore. I was paid for this post.
There are many reasons you might want your child to have a cell phone. I know we finally gave in and got one for Josh when he was participating in after-school activities and sports that had pick up times that could vary. I liked the ability to have him text when the sports bus was on its way back to school or when the ski club was leaving the resort. I could also give him a quick text and let him know if I was running a minute or two late. Knowing when your child is mature enough to handle the responsibility of having a mobile phone is 100% up to you and a judgment call that is going to be different for every child and every family.
But once you have come to the decision that you are ready to get a cell phone for your child, what kinds of things should you consider?
First, think about what phone(s) you and your family are already using. Are you all on Apple phones or Android? DO you have a specific brand that everyone is loyal to? This might sway your choice because you already know quite a bit about how that particular type of phone works. This will make it easier for you to explain it to your child. It will also make it easier for you to keep tabs on your child. Some phone systems also allow you to set up parental controls when it comes to things like downloading apps.
Second, consider how responsible your child is when it comes to taking care of his or her belongings. If they often break or lose their items, you might want to choose a less expensive model. Do they have a history of breaking prior electronics? Definitely read up on the reviews of any phones you are considering and pay special attention to whether those models are known for breaking easily or not.
Lastly, consider purchasing a used phone for your child. This gives them the opportunity to have a “trial run” with their first mobile phone without you having to make a huge investment before knowing how responsible they are going to be. One platform that offers quality used phones is Trademore. You can shop with confidence on Trademore because they put each of their devices through a thorough 30-point functional and cosmetic inspection. This ensures that there are no surprises when it comes to quality, reliability and functionality. They offer a large variety of devices with very competitive prices with free two day shipping, so you’re sure to find just what you are looking for.
And finding the perfect phone on Trademore is super easy.
Just head to their website and select the type of phone you are looking for: iPhone, Samsung, etc.
Then select your specific details: memory size, color, condition, and carrier. Your price will appear once you have chosen exactly what options you would like.
Then just check out and two days later your phone will arrive! How cool is that?
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robin rue says
We are an iPhone family, so my child will definitley be getting an iPhone. In a few years when he’s old enough for one 🙂
Trademore sounds like the perfect place to get a phone for the kiddos. I don’t want to drop a ton of money on a brand new phone for a first timer. Thanks for this!
Bill Sweeney says
We should check out Trademore for when the next kid is old enough for a cell phone. Having an inexpensive phone will teach them responsibility, for when they’re ready to move up to “the big leagues”.
I love this service. Buying used is tricky, but buying certified is a game changer for sure!
This is really great information. You’re right it is important to purchase something that’s quality yet affordable.
We are in the process of searching for one for our son. These are great tips, he can’t wait to get one!
Carol Cassara says
This is such a good guide for parents who are buying their kids a phone for the first time. It’s nice to know what’s on the market and which one to pick!
Becca Wilson says
This sounds like such a great way to get a new phone especially for a child. I will be looking into this!