Many parents still go back and forth about whether to get an emergency phone for kids today. We are not here to scare you into getting a phone as the ultimate protection device but instead cover the benefits you may not have considered of a child having their own phone.
Then, we'll also show you how to get FREE talk, text, and data service from EASY Wireless through the Lifeline and ACP government programs.
The Benefits of Cell Phones for Kids
An emergency phone for kids is a must-have for any parent to give their children, especially when you consider the many benefits of having one.
Kids can call for help, find out where they are if lost, and provide information about their location if needed
Parents can leave them messages or text important information to them
Phones also have GPS tracking that can be activated if needed
The cell phone has emergency contact information in case of an emergency or accident
A mobile phone provides a sense of safety and security for kids, knowing they have it on them at all times.
Teach Your Children Responsible Smartphone Use
Most modern phones are smartphones, and these days it's important for children to get used to using them responsibly at a young age.
Show them how to use search to find information on the internet, use apps to play games or listen to music, and how emergency calls work.
Teach them how to charge, clean and protect their new smartphone and they'll begin to understand the responsibility of caring for their cell phone.
How to pick the right phone for your child
Five main points to check when choosing a phone for your child include:
- Long battery life
- Parental Controls
- Ease of Use
One of the most important things to consider in a child emergency cell phone is its durability. Will the phone survive a drop on the floor? Most phones will need a case and screen protector to help reduce the chances of accidental screen cracks or scratches
GPS Tracker on Smartphones
A good emergency cell phone for kids will have a GPS tracker so you can locate where they are.
Long Battery Life
Phones for kids need a battery that can last a long time. If they are going to be out all day, make sure the battery will last, or get in the habit of taking your child's phone charger with you on outings, too. Consider buying an external battery charger for times when an outlet is not available.
Parental Controls and Phone Plans for Kids
Make sure any cell phone plan includes parental controls that let you lock certain apps or features from being used.
Google Family Link app (which is free) lets you control which apps are downloaded and notifies you of any changes your child may make to the phone.
You can also limit screen time on their phone through parental controls.
Why you should get a plan with unlimited data, text messaging, and talk time
When choosing a cell phone plan for your child's first phone, look for a plan that includes unlimited data, talk and text time. This way you will not have to worry about running out of minutes or texts by the end of the month, or of any surprise overage charges.
Good News for parents searching for where to get a free phone and service plan!
You may qualify for free phone service with unlimited data, text, and talk through the Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) supported by the Federal government.
Many phone service providers will also give you a FREE smartphone and when you sign up for Lifeline or ACP.
The Lifeline Program and Affordable Connectivity Program
The Lifeline Program is an FCC program that provides free wireless phone service to people who meet certain program or income requirements.
Millions of low-income individuals across the country qualify for this free government cell phone plan every year!
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new program designed to provide additional support to make broadband more affordable for households.
Your Lifeline and ACP benefits can be combined and applies to the same service plan or applied to different service plans.
Most families with children in a public school receiving school wide free breakfast or lunch will qualify for this new ACP benefit.
Through these government programs you can stay connected with friends, family, work, and school for your kids.
How to Check if You Qualify for Lifeline and ACP
You can qualify for the Lifeline Program if you are already receiving benefits from
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income
- Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
- Income 135% below the Federal Poverty Guidelines
If you qualify for Lifeline, you are automatically qualified for Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
ACP Only Qualification and Benefits
For parents that do not qualify for Lifeline but whose children attend a public school enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) you may qualify for EBB only benefits. Check with a Lifeline service provider as they may be able to provide you a free phone and phone and data services through this program.
While the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a program you must apply for and qualify based off your income, there are times when the whole school is on a free breakfast or lunch program through a Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP.
The COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION (CEP) enables eligible schools to serve free meals to all students, regardless of income. If your child attends a school serving free breakfast or lunch to all students, you can qualify for the EBB program, regardless of your income.
Ready to Sign Up for Your Child's FREE Emergency Phone?
An emergency cell phone is a must-have for every parent that wants peace of mind knowing their child can contact them if needed.
EASY Wireless makes it simple to see if you qualify for Lifeline service and ACP.
For Personalized Service with an In-Store Customer Service Agent
Come to any one of our 30+ retail locations in Oklahoma and one of our teams will help you to sign up and qualify.
Once you are approved for Lifeline and ACP you will be set up with FREE Unlimited Talk & Text, Free Unlimited Data, and a NEW smartphone before you leave the store.
Speak with an EASY Wireless Customer Service Representative
Call our customer service representatives to sign up at (888) 792-0076. Our hours are Monday to Saturday 9am - 6pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Online Enrollment for Lifeline and ACP
To apply online, click the "Sign Up Now" button to check if you qualify with EASY Wireless.
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