Kajeet Phone Review and Giveaway



A couple of weeks ago The Pea went on a playdate with a classmate after school. When I drove by to pick her up, no one was home. I tried to call her mother's cellphone... no answer. Father's cellphone... no answer. I called another friend, and it turns out that the mother works on Fridays so the kids should be at Grandma's house. I had no idea who Grandma was or where she lived or what her phone number was. FULL-BLOWN PANIC!!

The ironic thing is, she does have a cellphone. I was given a Kajeet phone -- a cellphone service especially tailored for kids -- to review, and I hadn't activated it yet. I was driving myself crazy, wondering whether The Pea's friend had forgotten about the playdate and gone home with her grandma, leaving The Pea to wander around the schoolyard until some crazy child killer picked her up. If only I had given her the phone!!!

Fortunately, the dad finally answered one of the hundreds of voicemails I had left on his phone and reassured me that Grandma did know about The Pea going home with them. Everyone was safe and fine (except me, of course). Lesson learned: If you're going to be dropping your kids off at this class and that playdate, if you want to play it safe, give them a phone so you can reach them. I activated the Kajeet phone the next day.

The problem, of course, is that cellphones themselves can pose a danger to a young child -- think bullying text messages, marketing calls for all kinds of inappropriate material, predators calling. Think of running up sky-high bills. That's where Kajeet comes in. They have really thought it through and come up with a cellphone service that reassures parents and protects kids while still giving kids just the right amount of independence and cool features.

We've had The Pea's Kajeet phone activated for over a month now, and the peace of mind that it gives me is worth the paltry monthly cost to keep the phone up and running. Here's what I love about Kajeet:


* Parents control how their child uses the phone: who they can call or text, who calls or texts them, when they can call, how much money to put on the phone, what features they can access. It's all done via an easy online interface.

* For the true worrywart parents such as myself, they even have a GPS Locator service, so you can go online and see where your kid's phone is on a map.

* The plans are affordable and flexible. You can choose from several monthly plans or pay as you go for 10 cents per minute of airtime and a 32-cent daily access charge. We chose the $4.99 per month plan because we're not expecting The Pea to be having any marathon phone sessions with her BFF's just yet. But we can switch plans any time we want -- there are no contracts, activation fees or termination fees!

* Even with all that, it's a cellphone, not a shackle. The service is packed with features that kids love: ringtones, games, picture messaging, texting, and all kinds of stuff I'm not cool enough to know about. The phones are high quality, high tech products from LG, Sanyo and Samsung, not junky, soo last-century models. Our Kajeet phone even came with cute little stickers to decorate it!

Would you like to win a Kajeet phone for your own child? We're giving one away to a lucky Bonggamom Finds reader! To enter, visit Kajeet.com to learn about all the cool features for kids and sensible features for parents. Then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me which feature you like best. (this entry must be completed for any extra entries to count).

For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:
1) Follow Finding Bonggamom on Blogger (leave a comment with your Blogger profile name).
2) Follow kajeet on Twitter (leave a comment with your twitter id)
3) Follow Bonggamom Finds on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway (leave a commment with a link to your tweet). Here's a tweet you can copy and paste:

Kajeet Phone giveaway from @bonggafinds http://tinyurl.com/o2qqmw

Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry (don't list down all your extra entries in 1 comment!) . This giveaway ends at midnight PST on June 6, 2009.; I will draw a winner at random on June 7 and post their names on the same day. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

40 Comments, Leave yours here:

Michele on May 24, 2009 at 9:47 AM said...

Thank you for the GREAT giveaway. My son is 11 1/2 and this would be perfect for him. I love the GPS feature and the fact that you can set it up the way you want to for your children's usage. It sounds a lot easier and safer for children.

Michele on May 24, 2009 at 9:47 AM said...

I am a follower on blogger!

Selfish Mom on May 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM said...

Hands down the best feature is being able to control the contacts.

Amy@selfishmom.com

Selfish Mom on May 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/SelfishMom/statuses/1904241178

Amy@selfishmom.com

Selfish Mom on May 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM said...

SelfishMom is now following Kajeet on Twitter!

Amy@selfishmom.com

Lolli on May 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM said...

I love the timemanager feature. My daughter is very eager for a phone!

Lolli on May 24, 2009 at 12:02 PM said...

I am following you and I tweeted here:
http://twitter.com/1momof5/status/1904888687

Lolli on May 24, 2009 at 12:02 PM said...

The previous comment was about following you on twitter. I also follow your blog. :)

Lolli on May 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM said...

I am following Kajeet on twitter, too (@1momof5)

sphinx63 on May 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM said...

I like that parents can decide who can and can't call the phone. The Feel Good Security Feature. Thanks!

Angie Marion on May 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM said...

I like the parental controls. I could definitely use these for my 12 yo son!

pricousins at aol dot com

Angie Marion on May 24, 2009 at 1:07 PM said...

I'm following you on Blogger - Angie Marion.

pricousins at aol dot com

Angie Marion on May 24, 2009 at 1:08 PM said...

I follow kajeet on Twitter: pricousins

Angie Marion on May 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM said...

I'm following you on Twitter (pricousins) and I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/pricousins/status/1905430639

Twincere on May 24, 2009 at 6:05 PM said...

Thanks for the awesome review & giveaway. I had heard of Kajeet briefly but didn't realize that its so parent & kid friendly, flexible & affordable- without contracts or activation fees. The Kajeet has alot of great features that I really like,but I really love the GPS feature, it totally gives parents peace of mind!

Twincere(at)hotmail(dot)com

Twincere on May 24, 2009 at 6:05 PM said...

I follow your blog on blogger, ID Twincere
Twincere(at)hotmail(dot)com

Twincere on May 24, 2009 at 6:07 PM said...

I am following Kajeet on Twitter, username Twincere.
Twincere(at)hotmail(dot)com

Twincere on May 24, 2009 at 6:08 PM said...

I am following you on twitter, username Twincere,and I tweeted
about this contest here:
http://twitter.com/Twincere/status/1907810352
Twincere(at)hotmail(dot)com

moushka on May 25, 2009 at 1:19 PM said...

Keep your kids safe. Accept the calls and texts you want and block the ones you don't with Contact Manager.

melanie on May 25, 2009 at 7:00 PM said...

i really like the gps feature. i like the security of knowing where my daughter is (or at least her phone!)


melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

melanie on May 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM said...

i follow you on blogger (melanie)


melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

jewell330 on May 25, 2009 at 8:20 PM said...

My daughter's first phone was a Kajeet. Now that she's moved on to a 'regular' cell phone, my 8-year-old son wants a cell phone for his birthday in June. We can't find her old Kajeet, so I am considering purchasing a new one for him.

Because he is so young, I like the fact that you can set your own limits on his use of the phone, and the GPS locator is always a great thing to have.

jewell330 at aim dot com

kasandria on May 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM said...

This would be a great thing for my son. I love the GPS tracking info.
Kas
kasandriareasoner(AT)gmail(DOT)com

kasandria on May 26, 2009 at 11:09 AM said...

Follow you
Kas
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madly59 on May 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM said...

I have wanted one of these for my oldest girl. The feature I really like is
find your
kid's phone
Locate your kid's phone anytime and even set automatic check-ins with GPS Phone Locator. madly59 onlyjoy1959@yahoo.com

madly59 on May 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM said...

I follow you on blogger ... madly59 onlyjoy1959@yahoo.com

madly59 on May 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM said...

I Follow kajeet on Twitter. My ID is madly 59 onlyjoy1959@yahoo.com

madly59 on May 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM said...

madly59 Kajeet Phone giveaway from @bonggafinds http://tinyurl.com/o2qqmw follow you twitter! :O)

cari on May 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM said...

I like that it teaches responsibility
It Creates separate allowances to decide who pays for what, you or your kid with WalletManager.

charlies_secret_angel2006@yahoo.com

Deanna on June 3, 2009 at 6:12 AM said...

The GPS feature! My 11 yr old is Autistic and the GPS would reassure me that he is where he should be.

Random on June 3, 2009 at 7:54 PM said...

This is a fantastic idea! There is a nine-year-old in our neighborhood with two older sisters, and she has been proclaiming loudly for ages that they have cell phones and SHE deserves one, too! I know I'd love to be able to give her something like this that her parents would approve of.

carolynishis on June 5, 2009 at 3:11 PM said...

I like this about it.
find your
kid's phone
Locate your kid's phone anytime and even set automatic check-ins with GPS Phone Locator.

carolynishis@gmail.com

carolynishis on June 5, 2009 at 3:13 PM said...

I follow your blog.

carolynishis

carolynishis@gmail.com

carolynishis on June 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM said...

I follow you on twitter.

carolynishis

carolynishis@gmail.com

carolynishis on June 5, 2009 at 3:17 PM said...

I follow Bonggamom on twitter and i tweeted this giveaway.

http://twitter.com/carolynishis/status/2048469830


carolynishis@gmail.com

Terra H. on June 5, 2009 at 9:34 PM said...

There are a lot of great features. I particularly like the GPS Locator service.
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Terra H. on June 5, 2009 at 9:35 PM said...

I follow your blog.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Terra H. on June 5, 2009 at 10:00 PM said...

I follow kajeet on Twitter (partymix25).
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bonggamom on June 8, 2009 at 11:19 AM said...

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone for entering and congratulations to the winner, carolynishis!

carolynishis on June 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM said...

I am so happy to have won the Kajeet.My 17 year old will get a great goft for her birthday.Thank you.

carolynishis

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