Kajeet is not widely reviewed, but it seems to have found a niche with parents who want to actively control and monitor their children's cell phone use. Despite its unique parental controls, coverage and phone durability are lacking. It offers a range of monthly plans and reviews of the carrier's customer service is not overwhelmingly good or bad.
Be aware of the cost per minute. Kajeet offers a range of monthly plans, from $5 per month with just 10 voice minutes up to $50 per month for unlimited voice, text and picture messages. Mobile web costs an extra $5 per month for 50 MB to $25 per month for 1 GB. However, reviewers at PrepaidReviews.com warn that some of the lower-tier plans can cost a lot per minute.
Unique parental controls. Editors of PrepaidReviews.com say that Kajeet, as a phone service aimed at kids, has parental control features that aren't generally offered by other carriers. In particular, they appreciate that parents can track what their kids are doing on the phone. User reviews are generally very positive, but some complain about coverage and that the phones aren't durable.
Parental controls include an optional GPS locator service for $8 per month or $1 per use if you want to keep tabs on your child's whereabouts, and you can also block phone numbers, websites and certain calling times. Still, there's enough cool stuff included that the child won't feel as if he or she's under house arrest.
Not well reviewed. User reviewers at CNET in general approve of Kajeet's service, but about a third of users give it just 1 star out of 5 and complain about customer service. User reviews at PrepaidReviews.com are generally very positive, but some also complain about Kajeet's customer service.
Basic phones and Android smartphones. Kajeet offers nine basic phones from $35 and up, some of which are refurbished. Customers also have a choice of eight smartphones, including Samsung and LG models. In addition, customers can use an inactive Sprint phone for Kajeet's phone services. Some users have complained that Kajeet's phones are not very durable.
Review Credibility: Very Good CNET's review is based mainly on an analysis of features, with no evidence of hands-on testing. The user ratings attached to it are worth a look, however. Some like it, but about a third of users give it just 1 star out of 5 and complain about Kajeet's customer service.
Review: Kajeet, Nicole Lee, Updated March 5, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Kajeet doesn't do well in this review of prepaid phone services, coming in at 13th place out of 16 carriers reviewed. Editors say that Kajeet has parental control features that aren't generally offered by other carriers. Its prices are higher than other services, but some plans do offer unlimited text messaging. This review doesn't look at how the phone service performs.
Review: 2013 Prepaid Cell Phones Comparisons, Editors of TopTenReviews.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Fair Editors here give Kajeet 3.5 stars out of 5. They appreciate that parents can track what their kids are doing on the phone, but say some of the lower-tier plans can cost a lot per minute. About 150 users have posted reviews, giving Kajeet 3 stars out of 5.
Review: Kajeet Prepaid Cell Phone Service, Editors of and Contributors to PrepaidReviews.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Fair A number of Kajeet phones in different colors each get a handful of user reviews. However, some of the models have been discontinued, and reviewers' opinions are all over the map.
Review: Kajeet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Fair There are 14 reviews of Kajeet's Sanyo Katana II phone on Buzzillions.com, a review aggregator. All the reviews were originally posted on ToysRUs.com or BestBuy.com, but because ToysRUs.com no longer sells this phone, the reviews have been taken down from that site. Most of the reviews by parents are quite positive, discussing the phone's features and ease of use. Negative reviews point to flimsy construction and poor battery life.
Review: Kajeet Sanyo Katana II No-Contract Cell Phone, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012