I’ve hesitated in getting smartphones for my kids. I have a few reasons.
First, I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for multiple data plans.
Second, I don’t like the idea of my kids being connected to the internet all the time.
Finally, I don’t want to get stuck in a contract for something I’m unsure about.
There’s great news for me (and those like me): Virgin Mobile has an option that answers these concerns.
The Virgin Mobile Custom Plan
I just have to start out by saying, I love this concept! Instead of paying a flat fee for services your cell provider thinks you need, Virgin Mobile Custom allows you to select a plan based on your family’s needs.
You can purchase a $50 a month plan and allocate that money with more talk time and less text and data, if your kid (or you) likes to talk more. If your child is typical, you can choose little talk time with more text and data.
Plans start at $6.98 a month for 20 talk minutes and 20 text messages. Each additional line on your plan is another $6.98 a month.
Plans can be managed from the Virgin Mobile Custom app, and you don’t even need to have a phone on the plan to manage the plan. I managed my son’s plan from the app on my Android phone from another provider!
Virgin Mobile Custom Parental Controls
Speaking of managing the plan, you can set up your child’s phone so that they cannot change the plan from their phone…a good thing, since my son would add data in a heartbeat if he ran out!
You can also set limits as to when talking, texting, and data are available. If you don’t want your child to have access to the internet at school, just turn it off during those hours.
In the video below, I explain more about the Virgin Mobile Custom parental controls via the Virgin Mobile Custom app.
My Overall Opinion of Virgin Mobile Custom
I tried a Virgin Mobile Custom plan with an LG Unify phone. My son loved the phone! Of course he did. He’s never owned a smartphone before. The phone worked flawlessly for him, and it stood up to being taken to school every day.
He downloaded a few Android apps easily, and we texted back and forth frequently. He also watched a few soccer videos on the phone with no problems.
As I said before, I managed his phone from my Android, and it was super easy to change settings quickly. I turned off the internet, talking, and texting during school hours, but I made an exception for my phone number. That way, he could get ahold of me in an emergency.
I also turned everything off at night, so he wouldn’t text or watch soccer videos instead of sleeping.
Walmart gave me a $50 Top Up code to create a plan for my son. For $50 I purchased 1000 minutes of talk, 1000 texts, and 2 GB of data, which is really overkill for my son, so don’t feel you need to spend nearly that much. I also love how you can purchase extras, such as unlimited Facebook use, if you are a heavy user of a particular app.
Adjusting your plan is super easy, too. And I like the fact that you can adjust it as needed, so you don’t pay overage charges. You can add money or rearrange your minutes at any time.
Virgin Mobile Custom runs on the Sprint network, so if you have good coverage with the Sprint network, you’ll have good coverage with Virgin.
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Overall, I think this is a great option for a first cell phone. Virgin Mobile Custom is affordable, customizable, and it’s hard to beat the parental controls.
If your child is asking for a cell phone for Christmas, Virgin Mobile Custom is worth consideration. Virgin Mobile Custom is available exclusively at Walmart. The LG Unify is $129.99, and remember, you can put in on layaway!