Tariffic has released a new report helping parents identify the best cellphone contracts for their kids.
Speaking to kids and parents’ cellphone needs, Tariffic found that most kids would be comfortable with a cellphone package offering enough data for a few minutes of YouTube every day (when they’re not connected to WiFi) and a lot of WhatsApp (messaging and calling), as well as sufficient minutes to call parents in an emergency.
Parents are also concerned with their kids being on the wrong package, resulting in hefty bill shock at the end of the month.
Based on the above, the criteria for selecting the best cellphone contracts for kids included:
- The contract must have at least 1 GB of data
- The contract must have at least 50 minutes for calls
- Free WhatsApp is a plus but not required
- Contracts that help avoid bill-shock are preferable
Antony Seeff, Tariffic’s CEO said that Telkom was the clear winner offering the cheapest contract for kids at R133, which is followed by MTN at R199. In comparison Vodacom and Cell C were 87% and 109% more expensive than Telkom respectively.
Tariffic’s top pick, the Telkom 1GB FreeMe package also comes with free WhatsApp which can be used for messages and voice calls, and is very appealing to younger children, he said.
When it comes to choosing what type of contract to get, Tariffic recommended a hybrid or top-up contract.
These contracts are ‘topped up’ every month with certain inclusive value (refer to the table for details of the value included). When the value is depleted, parents can purchase prepaid airtime or data bundles to top it up. This way, there is no risk of exorbitant Out of Bundle spend that often catches parents off guard.
These contracts are also available with handset deals if parents are looking to get a cellphone for their kids as well.