By Christina Tynan-Wood
Trusting an expensive phone on a two-year contract to someone who typically can’t find his shoes is a daunting prospect. That’s why the Kyocera Jax ($9.99) — available in magenta or black on a prepaid plan from Virgin Mobile — is a safe but still hip option.
This slim, candy-bar-style cell phone comes with no contract. Got a chatterer? Load it up with a minutes pack, starting at $20 for 200 minutes. Or, for the strong, silent type, put some cash in his account and pay 20 cents per minute. If your child's phone ends up disappearing the way his shoes do, he'll learn his lesson without costing you much more than the price of lunch. And if he does well, you can always upgrade him to a no-contract, $25-a-month unlimited voice, text, and data plan.
Bottom line: Cheap, no-commitment phone and plan. Easy to replace if lost or broken.
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