I bought my 11-year old daughter a cell phone this week.
It’s a $10 TracFone from Wal-Mart and I also bought 3-months of service (60 minutes total) for another $20. She’s not allowed to even have the phone in school, which means she won’t have it after school either. I’m hoping this keeps her usage down. I’ve told her that I’ll pay the $20/3 months but if she wants more minutes then she’ll need to pay for them.
$7/month seems like a pretty decent price for her to have a phone when we she’s around the neighborhood or at drop-off activites. We’ll see how that works out.
Oh, and text messages count as either a third of a minute or .3 minutes, I’m not quite sure which. And they offer larger blocks of minutes for better rates, but this is the best rate for getting months of service. Minutes don’t expire as long as you buy more months of service before your current time ends.