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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.

For the kiddo

Entry-level

Alcatel OneTouch Fling $20 From Ting
A pure utility phone, the Alcatel OneTouch Fling is known for its easy to use, easy to hold, easy to handle design. It boasts big, clear keys and a 2.4-inch interior display.

Mid-range

Alcatel A392 $63 from Ting
The Alcatel A392 offers large physical keys and a simple user interface. One-button speed dial is about as complicated as this phone gets.

High-end

Tinitell $149 from Tinitell
Tinitell is a mobile phone, watch and GPS tracker in one. Tinitell has no screen but supports two-way mobile calling for up to 12 contacts that parents set.

family mobile phones

For the texty tween

Entry level

Moto G4 Play $199 from Ting (or as low as $12/month with Ting device financing*)
The Moto G4 is a great choice for those that want to live large without the corresponding price tag.

Mid-range

Moto G5 Plus $299 from Ting (or as low as $13/month with Ting device financing*)
With a fingerprint sensor, 5.5 inch display and aluminum body, the Moto G5 Plus has the look of a premium phone with all the bells and whistles too.

High-end

iPhone SE $399 from Ting (or as low as $17/month with Ting device financing*)
Apple’s smaller display, 4-inch iPhone carries with it a lower price tag… by Apple standards. A big bonus is the smaller display lends to longer battery life.

For mac-lover Jo

Entry-level

Certified Refurbished iPhone 5 $150-$250 from Amazon
An older iPhone model that still works just fine for the simpler things like email and taking photos at a price tag that’s not too hard to swallow.

Mid-range

iPhone SE $399 from Ting (or as low as $17/month with Ting device financing*)
With its 4-inch retina display, 12mP camera and 32 or 128 GB of storage, this phone is great for a busy parent on the go.

High-end

Apple iPhone 7 $649 from Ting (or as low as $28/month with Ting device financing*)
With this iPhone you get long battery life, iOS 10 and iCloud, all in a smooth, continuous unibody design.

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For tech-savvy Quinn

Entry-level

Samsung J3 Emerge $149-163 from Ting
A great phone in the sub-$200 range with expandable storage and a bright and beautiful Super AMOLED display.

Mid-range

Moto G5 Plus $299 from Ting (or as low as $13/month with Ting device financing*)
We love the Moto G5 Plus. Expandable storage, powerful performance and a battery that won’t quit. It’s a great all-rounder at an approachable price.

High-end

Pixel $649 from Google
Google’s shiny flagship phone comes with Assistant built in, a fantastic camera and integrates seamlessly with all of Google’s gear, including Home and Daydream.


*Monthly payments are based on a 24 month period 0% APR financing from Ting, in partnership with lending partner Affirm. Calculations are based on the advertised purchase price on the date of publication at 0% APR over 24 months. Subject to credit approval. Rates from 0-30% APR for 12-, 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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