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Verizon, Cingular Pull Kid Phones

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Apr 12, 2007, 2:35 PM

Thank God!

All you need is phones where you can block out certain features (texting, internet, etc). If your kids needs a migo, and can't handle all 9 numbers on a cell phone, then they prolly shouldnt have a cell phone. Kids now a days are pretty tech savvy and I think a 10-12 year old can handle a phone with all nine numbers.

Just give parents control over minutes, texts, and internet and I think everyone will be happy.

And one more thing... WTF does your 5 year old need a phone for anyway? Their 5. They shouldnt be without someone watching them, who is responsible to get hold of the parent who SHOULD have a phone!
The other thing to consider is that you have to sign a 2 yr contract to get these phones. A migo might be ok for a 12 year old, but they'll be the laughing stock of their peers when they're 14. Plus, those phones are notoriously easy to hack and kids...

Apr 12, 2007, 7:35 PM

Junior Ketai are a hit in Japan!

It still amazes me how different our markets are compared to Japan. AU (KDDI Japan) launched "junior ketai" phones earlier this year specifically for kids, they've been a big success! These phones are phones that kids (and even teens!) want to flaunt. 🙂 With built in GPS, megapixel camera, and that cuteness factor that is soo ketai!

Check it out:

http://www.au.kddi.com/english/product/lineup/a5525s ... »

It seems like those phones are there to stay compared to the "fad" that they once were here.
I'm not sure I understand your point. The kids phones being discontinued don't have dial pads. They have individual buttons that can be programmed with the numbers of a parent of other contact. They also have a dedicated emergency button

Apr 12, 2007, 3:18 PM

just following in sprints footsteps

man... sprint doesn't even need to follow suit... we've had a phone like that for months now. 😛
StoreLead said:
man... sprint doesn't even need to follow suit... we've had a phone like that for months now. 😛

What? I'm confused the article says they are pulling these phones. What you said was that verizon ...
😳 well I guess spint is on the score board with doing ONE thing right then..yippie

Apr 12, 2007, 4:49 PM


What happens to their Chaperone service from Verizon?
There are a lot of phones which can be the parent or the child on the chaperone service with VZW. Most people prefer the actual "phone" rather than the migo so this is a good move.
There are lots of phones that will work with it... Just no other "Child phones".

Apr 12, 2007, 6:32 PM

T-Mob wins again!

No kid wants those ugly phones, and just because a phone can't download, doesn't mean it won't go over the minutes. Looks like T-Mob was the only ones able to put a good enough package together for the kiddies!

Apr 12, 2007, 6:01 PM

Even kids...

...are culturally savvy.

They don't want crappy kid phones...they want what they see their brothers and sisters with.
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