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When should a kid get their first smartphone?

Kids' first smartphone: a young girl with headphones on using her phone

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 Mobile is a great choice for families because of our variety of plans for every type and age of user. With our Flex plan, you select the amount of shareable data you need and can add on more as needed.

We decided to ask Ting Mobile 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.


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What age do you think is appropriate for your child’s first smartphone? Let us know in the comments below.

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