If you are a parent who is considering buying your child his own mobile phone for the holidays, one of the main things you should be thinking about is parental controls. I firmly believe kids have to learn how to manage a cell phone responsibly. They have to be trained to have self-discipline, learning when it is okay to use a phone and when it isn't - like when they are in school or driving a car.
Why you should consider using parental controls:
• To limit phone use during school, while driving, in church, at the dinner table, while doing homework, and after 10 pm.
• To limit texting during specific times like those mentioned above,
• To control which apps your child has access to and when
• To monitor how much time your child is spending on talking on the phone or texting friends
• To ensure that your child can still call you directly at any time day or night.
This is one of the reasons why I REALLY like Zact. You can set allowances on the amount of talk, text and data, set curfews, set allowed or blocked contacts, allow or restrict internet use, and control which apps your child has access to. You control all of it from your own smartphone. And you can make exceptions so that your child can still call you even after curfew or during restricted times (like at school). Look how easy it is...
All Zact plans are shareable, so you can share the same pool of talk, text and data with your kids (or anyone in your family) without having to pay hefty line fees.
We don't use our landline at home any more, and only keep it for emergencies or for the kids to talk to 'Buelita every now and then. Instead, we rely on our cell phones, but our high monthly phone bills make me want to cry. That's another reason why Zact is worth considering. THERE IS NO CONTRACT! They work off the Sprint cellular and data network, so you get nationwide coverage. (Note: If you do not have Sprint service in your area, this is not the right plan for you.) BUT you get to customize your plans. The à la carte plans are what make Zact extremely attractive (in my opinion) because you can NEVER go over your limit. You get notifications when you get close, and right then and there (or whenever), you can add more minutes/data. And if you don't use all your minutes, you can apply the left over ones to the next month's service. You only pay for what you use.
Want to know what the average bill with Zact is? $22 a month! [insert angels singing here]
You can only purchase Zact at Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores, though. So if you think this might be the answer for your familia, check them out. For more information, just click on the Zact link above.
--------------------------------------------------**Explore Best Buy Mobile specialty stores – these shops are found locally in malls or in your neighborhood shopping centers, and are focused on mobile devices and accessories. Shop for the latest smartphones and tablets from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and Zact from all the top brands, along with stylish accessories to suit your lifestyle. The staff is highly trained, yet non-commissioned, so they can help determine the right phone for you, as well as compare plans across the carriers. They can set up and activate your new phone, transfer your contacts and data and set you up with the complimentary Walk Out Working™ program. To find a Best Buy Mobile specialty store, go to www.BestBuyMobile.com
Disclosure: I am a Best Buy Brand Ambassador which allows me to share great deals and information with you on a regular basis. I was sent a phone and given a free 4-month plan with Zact to learn about the service and what it has to offer. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.
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