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When should a kid get their first smartphone?

What age do you think is appropriate for a first smartphone? Ting customers respond.

As a parent, it’s tough to decide when your child should get their first smartphone. You may want them to have the option to contact you in the case of an emergency (and vice versa), or prefer to wait until they’re old enough to pay for their own phone.

Whatever you decide, Ting is a great choice for families because each phone line costs just $6 a month plus texts, talk minutes and data shared across all devices under one account. Ting’s account tools give you complete control over your child’s phone. You can set limits and alerts on what they use so you’ll never be caught by surprise.

We decided to ask Ting customers what they think is a suitable age to give a child their first smartphone, and received some great responses. Take a look below!

If you’re ready to purchase a phone for your child, check out some of the best smartphones for kids.

The Phipps family saves for the future with smarter mobile

Smarter mobile for the Phipps family

Kristin and her husband Daniel live in Pennsylvania with their three kids. They currently save $70 a month on two phones with Ting.

Saving money is important for any family, especially when you’re looking to the future.

“Ting makes sense for us because we are looking to save for our children’s college education. We don’t want to pay more than we have to for good mobile service.”

Best small business smartphones for today’s entrepreneur

small business smartphones

Small business smartphones for every budget

Entrepreneurship is no easy feat, and today’s advanced mobile tools should help you get the job done, not stand in your way. If you need a new mobile device that keeps up with you and your business, look no further. We’ve got your best small business smartphones in entry-level, mid-range and high-end models.

If you need to get phones for a team, Ting is ideally suited with administrative controls that put you in control of how much mobile data your account, and each phone that accesses it, can use in a given month.

Contest: Are you a Ting family?

Shout it from the rooftops

Tell us about your #TeamTing family for a chance to win one of four weekly prizes of a Moto E4 smartphone or the grand prize of a Moto E4 and $250 in Ting credit.

There are lots of ways you can enter – share your video on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Just be sure to include the hashtag #TeamTing so we can find your entry.


Congrats to our Grand Prize winner of a Moto E4 and $250 in free Ting service! Thanks to everyone that submitted to the contest.

Family mobile phones with entry-level, mid-range and high-end models

Family mobile phones

Something for everyone and every budget

Quinn and Jo are the parents of two kids, a ten-year-old and a fourteen-year-old. They’re looking for new family mobile phones.

Quinn is the tech savvier parent of the two. Jo is mostly comfortable with Mac products and likes tech that is easy to use and intuitive. Quinn likes to game, try out new apps and prefers a degree of customization. They both use their phones for taking pictures, work and personal email as well as keeping in touch with family.

Quinn and Jo want their ten-year-old kid to have a phone for occasional and emergency calling only. That means no texting, Internet or games.

They want to get their tween their first smartphone. Something for calling and texting family and friends, playing some games, surfing the web and using social media. Quinn and Jo want to be able to curb data use, set limits and ensure their tween isn’t using a ton of mobile data. They want their tween to learn responsible ownership and usage.

Let’s see some examples of family mobile phones they could get on a budget, some midrange models, and if they wanted to splurge, some amazing flagship phones as well.

Happy Father’s Day: your best Dad jokes

Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s a roundup of some of the best Dad jokes around. Thanks to everyone who shared on Twitter and Facebook!

We give out lots of Ting credit on our Facebook page and Twitter. Be sure to like and follow us so you can score some free service.Father's DayCongrats to those lucky winners of $25 of Ting credit. Now, use that credit to call your Dad!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there.