Best Kids Cell Phones

These top-rated cell phones are consistently recommended as the best for kids since they are cheap, easy to use and often available with low-cost prepaid plans. Most carriers offer parental controls as well.
Pantech Breeze III

Pantech Breeze III

Reviewed March 2012

Affordable entry-level flip phone keeps it simple

Pros: Great call quality, affordable, spacious keyboard, spacious keyboard

Cons: Headphone jack only takes microUSB, poor image quality, looks exactly like its predecessor

AT&T
*Est. $30 with contract
 
Huawei Ascend

Huawei Ascend

Reviewed April 2011

Cheap prepaid Android smartphone sports large touch screen

Pros: Affordable, prepaid Android phone, large touch screen

Cons: Mixed call quality, nonstandard 2.5 mm jack, poor camera, cheap plastic build

Cricket WirelessMetroPCS
Discontinued
 
Cricket MSGM8 II

Cricket MSGM8 II

Reviewed February 2011

Affordable, no-contract candybar phone with basic features

Pros: Price, generous features, great GPS functionality

Cons: Cramped keyboard, poor photo quality, no media player or microSD card slot

Cricket Wireless
Discontinued
 
Pantech Ease

Pantech Ease

Reviewed December 2010

Easy-to-use phone saddled by pricey monthly messaging plan

Pros: Sturdy design, clear call quality, large, brightly lit touch screen, roomy slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Cons: Expensive monthly messaging plan required

AT&T
*Est. $50 with contract
 
Pantech Breeze II

Pantech Breeze II

Reviewed December 2010

Cheap, entry-level phone is a breeze to use

Pros: Low monthly fees, easy mode for beginners, easy-to-read keypad, turn-by-turn directions

Cons: Buttons fairly flat against surface

AT&T
Discontinued
 
LG Rumor2/LG Banter

LG Rumor2/LG Banter

Reviewed June 2009

Middle-of-the-road messaging phone for Sprint and Alltel

Pros: Better design than original Rumor, full QWERTY keyboard, good reception and call quality, support for corporate email

Cons: No high-speed 3G network support, lackluster music player, inferior camera

Alltel WirelessKajeetSprintU.S. CellularVirgin Mobile
*Est. $90, no contract
 
Firefly glowPhone

Firefly glowPhone

Reviewed May 2009

A good starter phone for kids

Pros: Good parental controls, simple to use, geared to kids 8 to 12

Cons: Too limiting for older kids, durability complaints, not many options

Firefly Mobile
*Est. $50
 
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