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Family mobile phones for a family of four: plus an affordable family mobile plan too

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Looking for new family mobile phones? Or maybe even a family mobile plan to go with it? We’re going to walk you through our top phone recommendations for kids, teens and parents.

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. They also want to get their teen a slight smartphone upgrade. Their teen has been using an older hand-me-down and has proven to be very responsible with their phone. They’re ready for something new out of the box.

Quinn and Jo want to be able to curb their kids’ data use, set limits and ensure they’re not using a ton of mobile data. They believe smartphones are great utilities, but they don’t want to break the bank in getting the family equipped with new phones. We’re going to see some examples of family mobile phones they could get, but first, they’re going to need a service provider that also doesn’t break the bank.

Family mobile plans with Ting

A family of four can save on Ting by sharing their usage. Ting is a pay for what you use service provider, that means a family uses their phones however they need to, and at the end of the month, they settle up for what they used. Ting gets better the more messages, megabytes and minutes you use because, in the higher rate buckets, you’re essentially buying in bulk. That’s why Ting makes a lot of sense for families.

In fact, the average family of four spends just $19.75/mo per line on Ting.

Phones for kids: best starter smartphone

For a kid’s first smartphone, we recommend Moto E4 Plus ($169 in the Ting Shop or $11/mo with Affirm financing). The Moto E4 Plus does everything a kid needs and comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery, a nice feature for kids who might be forgetful about charging their phone. Moto E4 Plus makes an easy-to-use emergency phone for kids too.

Best phone for teens

For a teenager, we recommend Moto G6 Play ($199 in the Ting Shop or $11/mo with Affirm financing). Your teen will get 36 hours of battery life, a spectacular camera set and a wide, 5.7-inch Max Vision display with an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. Moto G6 Play is made for watching videos and shooting the best photography, and can keep up with a busy teen.

For iPhone loving Jo

Jo doesn’t have to spend over $1,000 to get a new iPhone. In fact, we think iPhone 7 ($449 in the Ting Shop or $21/mo with Affirm financing) is still a great phone. With this iPhone Jo would get long battery life, iCloud and a smooth, continuous unibody design.  Jo could also get certified refurbished Apple devices from reputable resellers like Swappa, where older iPhone models are offered for as little as $100.

For tech-savvy Quinn

For tech lover Quinn, we recommend going with Moto Z3 Play ($499 in the Ting Shop or $xx/mo with Affirm). It’s as smart as it is fun. Integrated Google Lens tools, including text translation and object recognition, help you discover your world on the go. Go hands-free with Moto Voice and control your favorite apps and get answers to all your questions.

Get a smartphone plan to go with those new smartphones

Once a family is set up with new phones, we’d recommend checking out the Ting rates page to see how much they’d save by sharing their usage on Ting. Remember, the average family of four pays just $19.75/mo per line on Ting.


*Subject to credit approval. Rates from 0-30% APR for 6, 18, and 24-month terms based on creditworthiness. Down payment may be required. Offer is subject to change at any time. Previous purchases are ineligible for offer. For purchases under $100, limited payment options are available. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey-chartered bank, Member FDIC.

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