If you are a parent, it is easy enough to buy a smartphone for your son or daughter and sign it up for a monthly subscription from one of the major airlines. However, giving a child a phone is a big responsibility. A standard plan may not protect children and parents from potential problems, such as children looking for offensive content, spending too much time on texting & with friends and more. That seems to be the reason that Verizon Wireless has launched a smartphone subscription aimed at parents for their children. It is called Verizon Just Kids.
What makes Verizon Just Kids better than the normal smartphone plan for children? This is what we know about this new plan, which will be available from Thursday, April 4.
This plan is not an unlimited fast data plan. It limits children to 5 GB of 4G LTE data per month. In addition, the courier's safety model function is automatically set for the Just Kids plan. If your children exceed that 5 GB high-speed data before the monthly billing cycle ends, they can continue to use their phone with a lower data speed of 128 Kbps until the next month.
In addition, Verizon Just Kids offers unlimited speech and text in the United States, but imposes a limit of 20 contacts, all under the control of the parent. In theory, this means that they don't have to worry about their children talking or texting to people they don't know. The Just Kids subscription does not include most Verizon perks on their standard unlimited subscriptions, such as free access to Apple Music, mobile hotspot data or unlimited calling and texting and to Mexico and Canada.
Video streaming is limited to a resolution of 480p. Just Kids does, however, support Verizon Up Rewards, which offers free gift vouchers to parents, the longer they register with the provider.
In addition to restricting high-speed data and contacts for children, the Verizon Just Kids subscription also includes a free subscription to the Smart Family Premium service from the courier service, which normally costs $ 9.99 per month. The service includes an app that allows parents to manage and monitor their children's activities on their phones. They can set extra limits on data, calls and texts that are higher than what Just Kids' plans have, and can block access to apps and websites that they think contain objectionable content. The app allows parents to track their children's location, block access to data, and set alerts to show that their children have arrived safely at home, at school, or at other locations.
Before you sign up for the Just Kids subscription, you must first have registered at least one line for one of the three unlimited subscriptions from the courier: GoUnlimited, BeyondUnlimited or AboveUnlimited. Adding a Just Kids subscription only costs $ 55 a month if you have two lines in your account, $ 45 a month for three lines and $ 35 a month if you have four or more lines (these prices include AutoPay, but not including additional surcharges or taxes).
Is Verizon Just Kids a good choice if you have children who begged you to buy their first smartphone? From what we can conclude, Just Kids sounds like a decent plan. Recording speed data and contact limits is a good move, and the Smart Family Premium service free is a nice bonus. Please note that the contact limits only apply to the children's telephone number and to text messages. It does not contain text messages or calls when children use apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat and others. Of course, parents can use the Smart Family Premium service to restrict access to those apps if they wish.
It is also important to note that while Just Kids is made for children, there is no age limit or reach for this plan. In other words, it can be used by anyone who thinks that someone on his or her account is not using his phone correctly.
Although Verizon Just Kids is a good step in helping parents keep track of the use of their smartphone usage, parents still have to take responsibility and control for their children's activities on their devices.