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    • lgardner
    • By lgardner 3rd Feb 19, 10:43 AM
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    Kids 1st phone
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 10:43 AM
    Kids 1st phone 3rd Feb 19 at 10:43 AM
    Looking for a phone contract for my soon to be 10year old, looking at iphones a few series behind existing like an SE but cannot find any that are 12 mnth contracts all are for 24 months dnt mind payong upto £20 per month but didnt want to do it for 2 years

    Wondering what best thing to do is, possibly buy a 2nd hand SR and then just get a sim only deal

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    • grumbler
    • By grumbler 3rd Feb 19, 10:50 AM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 10:50 AM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 10:50 AM
    Why contract, not sim-free + PAYG or sim-only?

    If you can't affording paying the full price, then you can't afford paying £20 p.m. for a toy for your son.
    All phone contracts are 24-36 months nowadays - networks like making money from people incapable of saving (36 are separate credit contracts, typically very expensive, for phones).


    ETA: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5952742 - just an example, it's obviously not "few series behind"
    Last edited by grumbler; 04-02-2019 at 6:27 PM.
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    • #3
    • 3rd Feb 19, 11:36 AM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 11:36 AM
    Looking for a phone contract for my soon to be 10year old, looking at iphones a few series behind existing like an SE but cannot find any that are 12 mnth contracts all are for 24 months dnt mind payong upto £20 per month but didnt want to do it for 2 years

    Wondering what best thing to do is, possibly buy a 2nd hand SR and then just get a sim only deal
    Originally posted by lgardner
    You did not say what network you want. This is important as if you can't signal in the places that you need it then a total waste

    Also do you have any idea how your going control your son's data usage. What data package are you needing that gives you peace of mind.

    tesco mobile use o2 network and you can either buy the phone outright for £270 and then get one of their sim only plans.

    they do 12 month contracts but will probably cost u way more than buying the phone outright.
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 3rd Feb 19, 11:43 AM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 11:43 AM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 11:43 AM
    Well OP remember that the phone will be dropped/scratched and abused by a 10 yr old.....he will go over data allowance which will cost extra
    If it was me i'd give him an old phone with a payg sim or get a cheap one from ebay
    • Farway
    • By Farway 3rd Feb 19, 2:10 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 2:10 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 2:10 PM
    Well OP remember that the phone will be dropped/scratched and abused by a 10 yr old.....he will go over data allowance which will cost extra
    If it was me i'd give him an old phone with a payg sim or get a cheap one from ebay
    Originally posted by gardner1
    I'd do the same, until he gets used to not losing it, having it nicked, dropped etc
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 3rd Feb 19, 11:29 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 11:29 PM
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    • 3rd Feb 19, 11:29 PM
    I won't get iPhone....
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 4th Feb 19, 4:28 AM
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    • 4th Feb 19, 4:28 AM
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    • 4th Feb 19, 4:28 AM
    I won't get iPhone....
    Originally posted by Cisco001
    Don't panic! No one has asked you to get an iPhone!
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 4th Feb 19, 7:25 AM
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    • 4th Feb 19, 7:25 AM
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    • 4th Feb 19, 7:25 AM
    my 11 year old has a second hand phone from ebay. I refuse to buy new as within a few months it would be scratched anyway. He has an iphone 5s.



    Sim is 5 per month capped at 10, no contract.
    • fimms
    • By fimms 4th Feb 19, 6:15 PM
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    • 4th Feb 19, 6:15 PM
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    • 4th Feb 19, 6:15 PM
    Got our 11yr old a Nokia 1 (~£65) with a sturdy case (~£6) and an O2 PAYG 321 SIM. Have told him not to use data (altho haven't restricted it so we can "track" him) but call/text whenever he needs to.
    • 20aday
    • By 20aday 5th Feb 19, 9:10 AM
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    Depending on your budget Tesco Mobile have the IMO S2 with Monqi:

    https://www.tescomobile.com/shop/pay-as-you-go/imo/s2-monqi-phone

    Further details here:

    http://imomobile.co.uk/product/imo-s2-monqi/
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    • mentm
    • By mentm 5th Feb 19, 5:52 PM
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    Giffgaff £5 a month bolt on so they canít exceed their limit and leave you with a big bill like a normal contract. They were selling the se for £200 a lot of money for a kids first phone imho.
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 6th Feb 19, 5:58 AM
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    CMIIW but I think all contracts have to have a option to cap now. I know virgin do so you can't go over by more than £5 a month or you can set the limit to what you want.
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    • bishbut
    • By bishbut 6th Feb 19, 6:49 AM
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    mobile phones
    cheap pre-used phones are available everywhere on the High street just go and look The child should not need DATA just for calls PAYGO a very good idea
    • fimms
    • By fimms 6th Feb 19, 9:52 AM
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    The child should not need DATA just for calls PAYGO a very good idea
    Originally posted by bishbut
    The child will need data if the parent wants to be able to "track" them via Google Family Link (or similar)
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 6th Feb 19, 11:42 AM
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    Stay away from contracts. Buy a sim free phone and put them on a pay as you go bundle.
    https://kenstechtips.com/index.php/cheapest-pay-as-you-go-bundles
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