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mobile for kids

Hello everyone,

I am looking for a cheap mobile contract for my 2 kids (10 & 12). They got some phones already from their birthday (great gifts...). Now, they want to use them. I checked Swisscom, Sunrise, Orange but i cannot find anything below 20f per month...which is already an insane amount for just kids. I pay just 40 for mine. And as i got 2 kids, the bill would comes twice.
Does anyone has a good solution to this?
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Re: mobile for kids

Prepaid - job done
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Re: mobile for kids

PAYG is always the best option - especially if an monthly allowance is set.

Helps them realise the true worth of the cost of phoning.

However you'll still be lucky to get away with much less than 20 per month, if data is a consideration (hopefully not for the youngest, though).

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Hello everyone,

I am looking for a cheap mobile contract for my 2 kids (10 & 12). They got some phones already from their birthday (great gifts...). Now, they want to use them. I checked Swisscom, Sunrise, Orange but i cannot find anything below 20f per month...which is already an insane amount for just kids. I pay just 40 for mine. And as i got 2 kids, the bill would comes twice.
Does anyone has a good solution to this?
10 is really too young for a mobile phone...
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10 is really too young for a mobile phone...
It depends on the intended use.
My daughter had an old bog standard one of mine when she was that age, so she could call in emergencies ..... if she missed the school bus and suchlike.
She just kept it in her school bag and it had about 10chufs of credit.
She seldom used it - we had to remember to take it out of her bag at weekends to charge.
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It depends on the intended use.
My daughter had an old bog standard one of mine when she was that age, so she could call in emergencies ..... if she missed the school bus and suchlike.
She just kept it in her school bag and it had about 10chufs of credit.
She seldom used it - we had to remember to take it out of her bag at weekends to charge.
I wasn't meaning to be preachy, but having a mobile is a big responsibility and a social weight around your neck. It really can be misused both by the owner, and by others. I personally think 10 is too delicate an age, considering at that age you should know where they are at all times anyway.

PS: I do not personally have children but have a huge family with many kids of all ages, so have some experience.
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Re: mobile for kids

Ours have Migros prepaid. It really is an excellent way to keep the cost down and keep them accountable for their mobile phone use.

My prepaid phone sends me a text each time I make a call that tells me how much the call cost and how much credit I have left.
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Re: mobile for kids

Our kids have had mobile phones from around 10. One of ours is a Diabetic and yes, we need to know where he is at all times, but he also needs to be able to easily contact us if he has a problem between school and home. They whinge a lot, but we refuse to buy them 'smart' phones that have internet capability.
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Ours have Migros prepaid. It really is an excellent way to keep the cost down and keep them accountable for their mobile phone use.

My prepaid phone sends me a text each time I make a call that tells me how much the call cost and how much credit I have left.
Getting down to specifics, then, I use Aldi (Sunrise network), and even with prepaid, you can check your call costs and usage online. Texting call cost details is so last decade.

Not the cheapest, but data is 9,90 for 500MB OR 14,90 for 1GB per month.

..... and every now and then, I get a text saying that if I buy a certain amount of credit by a certain date, they'll give me some free credit .... 33 - 40% worth - 10 free for 30 and 20 free for 50.

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It depends on the intended use.
My daughter had an old bog standard one of mine when she was that age, so she could call in emergencies ..... if she missed the school bus and suchlike.
She just kept it in her school bag and it had about 10chufs of credit.
She seldom used it - we had to remember to take it out of her bag at weekends to charge.
It's exactly the same in our house. My son has zero interest in the thing, but I see it as a safety measure since he needs to take various schoolbuses over the day.
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It depends on the intended use.
My daughter had an old bog standard one of mine when she was that age, so she could call in emergencies ..... if she missed the school bus and suchlike.
She just kept it in her school bag and it had about 10chufs of credit.
She seldom used it - we had to remember to take it out of her bag at weekends to charge.
Exactly the same here. When he starting taking the bus ( at 10 when we moved here) to school we got him a bog standard cheap mobile and PAYG SIM card to be used in emergencies such as missing the bus etc. the buses are pretty irregular here so missing it could mean more than an hour's wait for the next one and without the phone call we wouldn't have known what had happened.
He rarely used it and when he did it was be use he really needed to and like you we had to remember to get it out if his school bag at weekends to charge it.

It's all very well saying that you should know where they are at that age and under normal circumstances you do but here in Switzerland where the kids are expected to be independant from a very young age and therefore using public transport alone there is always the potential for an out if the ordinary situation to arise.

Now he's older he has the orange young abonnement for 19chf per month and a better phone but he has to manage his data usage as we don't pay for top ups if he goes over the 1 GB he gets per month.
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Re: mobile for kids

I would not go for prepaid for kids. When your kids will need to phone you...that's the day they won't have enough credit.
And reloading a prepay is a pain: half of the time, you cannot recharge online for some reasons or the provider website do not work (I had some Lebara, Lyca, Sunrise).
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Re: mobile for kids

PAYG credit for when out of the house.

If they have smart phones, then they can text and use data over the wifi unlimited when at home!
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Re: mobile for kids

I gave never had a problem with kids running put of credit -that is part of being responsible. We use m-budget mobile. To recharge you get a docket from migros or can use a credit card... Never had a problem...
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Re: mobile for kids

Thank you all for all the reply!
How much do you charge per month with prepaid? How much are you kids using their phones? what do they do?
I just thought contract was always cheaper. I cannot stand these rules of using the credit with 3 o 6 months and minimal recharge amount is 20 or 30f but i'm an expert...
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Re: mobile for kids

Sorry, i clicked submit a bit too fast.
I was about to say that given all your feedback i might eventually consider prepay. Just wondering if at the end it's not even more expensive?
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Sorry, i clicked submit a bit too fast.
I was about to say that given all your feedback i might eventually consider prepay. Just wondering if at the end it's not even more expensive?
Only if they're using it the whole time just to call their mate on the other side of the playground; and texting the world and his wife.

Cost me about 100 chufs a year for calls only on a non-smart phone - taking advantage of free credit, when offered.
Now add 9,90 per month for data.

Data will always be the killer - PAYG or contract.
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Re: mobile for kids

what provider do you use? Yeah...internet is the next question. Not sure about it. They have wifi at home...
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what provider do you use? Yeah...internet is the next question. Not sure about it. They have wifi at home...
Details already given on a previous post, but feeling benevolent:

https://www.aldi-mobile.ch/home.html
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Re: mobile for kids

Mobile... for kids I was going to say I used to attach Christmas baubbles to a tree above the area of the garden I used to put the pram when kids went for a nap ... until I saw it as in TV/internet/telephone.
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