Holiday Gift Guide 2012
Basic service to call 911 or Mom and Dad.
There seems to be no consensus on how old kids should be before they receive their first cell phone. I know some parents who've given their six-year-olds a cell phone, while other parents hold off at least until age 10. Whatever age is appropriate for that first device, young users don't necessarily need high-end smartphones that will rack up data charges (at least, not yet they don't.) Devices that provide simple calling and text messaging functions, as well as a few games, should be more than enough to make the youngest cell phone owners happy. Phones in this list should be less than $20 (or free) on contract, and can easily be added to a family plan for a minimal extra monthly cost. These devices are also smaller, which should work better for kids' smaller hands.