Verizon has announced a new mobile data plan that it positions as "the first smartphone plan designed for children." The Just Kids plan contains 5 GB of monthly data and unlimited talk / text for 20 parent-approved contacts. It also packs together in Verizon's Smart Family Premium Parental Control package, which typically costs an additional $ 9.99 per month. The plan has "security mode" enabled, which means kids can continue to use data (at reduced speeds) after hitting the 5GB LTE limit at no additional cost or penalty. And video is limited to 480p – just like Verin's cheapest unlimited adult plan.
With the Smart Family Premium tool, parents can set time limits for the screen, track the location of their children, and place content filters in place. Verizon notes that "to get only children, at least one line in the account must be unlimited, beyond unlimited or over unlimited." Keep in mind that the company's three unlimited plans – three of them – can be mixed and matched on a family account.
Only children start at $ 55 / month on a two-line account and fall to $ 35 if there are four people on your family plan. You can look at the price box below; Just remember that the prices displayed reflect autopay and paper-free billing.
Verizon is aware of the age group that his Just Kids plan is meant for. The company told PC World "the decision to get children is their first phone up to parents and varies family to family. Our role is to ensure that we have products and services to meet their needs when parents feel like they're ready. "
Is it really a benefit for this over, say, just getting a regular plan when you've decided your child is old enough for a smartphone and using the built-in parental control on Android or iPhone? If you really are attracted to what Verizon offers with the Smart Family features, it may be. Here is a FAQ that can help you decide if only children and its integrated parental controls are valuable.