Phones for Kids & Teenagers from Vodafone

For everyone from first-time users to more tech-savvy young people, we’ve got some cool options that can be tailored to their needs – backed up by advice to keep them safe. We’ll help parents, guardians and children with what can seem a daunting challenge – picking the right first or starter phone or tablet.

For advice and guidance on your child’s online life and how to have meaningful conversations at home about phone and internet use, we recommend our Digital Parenting Magazine

Back to the future

Your kids won’t remember the Nokia 3310 from the first time round – but with a basic camera, FM radio and long battery life, it makes a perfect starter phone. And the sharp screen and traditional keypad mean it's a simple, reliable way to stay in touch.

Keep tabs on them

The popular Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016, 10.1) comes with Kids Mode 4.0 – a good way to manage the content children can view, and set time limits. It makes sure your little explorers don’t go places they shouldn’t online. A compact, stylish and super-high resolution tablet, it’s ideal for sharing with the whole family.

High speed, low price

The Vodafone Tab speed 6 might be ideal as a young person’s first tablet – boasting all the benefits of a more premium model but with a cheaper the price tag. A generous 16GB memory will give them space for photos, videos and more. It’s also a good model to get for school work.

The gamer’s choice

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge boast some impressive tech for gaming under their stylish surfaces – and can also be paired with the Gear VR headset and Gear 360 camera for even more entertainment. Ideal for teenagers who are independently-minded and comfortable with online activity.

 

First among equals

The Vodafone Smart first 7 is a great choice as an introductory smartphone for your child. The Smart first 7 is just 12mm thin and boasts an up-to-date design made of the latest materials. All this adds up to a modern looking affordable smartphone with all the features you need.

Mini but mighty

Affordable and compact, the Vodafone Smart mini 7 comes with a 4-inch touchscreen and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, giving you access to over 1.6 million apps in the Play Store. And thanks to the built-in GPS you can also share your location with family and friends.

Pay as you go or pay monthly/SIM only contracts?

Kids are people too. Whether you have little ones or teenagers, you’ll want them to be safe online and you’ll want the best mobile phone deal for your kids out there. First you’ll want to decide if they’re responsible enough to handle a mobile phone contract or cap their usage with a pay as you go package. You should carefully weigh-up which is right for your child and look at the advantages of both including: 

Contract for kids

Pay-as-you-go for kids

You can pay for the handset in instalments, usually included in the amount of the monthly bill

You stay in control by pre-buying amounts and can help your children develop good spending habits

Usually come with a large amount of free texts and calling minutes

Pay for the phone upfront

Review and monitor your kid’s spending and internet activity

Flexibility to try and change different tariffs

Offers peace of mind knowing your children will always have credit to contact you in emergencies

PAYG includes additional deal options like rolling, 1 month and SIM only contracts

Good to know

  • Best mobile phones for teenagers

    Smart phone or something simpler? Take some time to think about how advanced you want your child’s phone to be. Choosing something basic like the new Nokia 3310 as a best first phone might make better sense. They may want the latest gadget to keep up with friends, but what avenues will this open up, and are they child-friendly? Do your research to make an informed decision.

  • Kids mobiles

    Pay as you go phones are a great springboard for youngsters, helping them to control their spending and usage. Big Value Bundles on Pay as you go give a specified allowance of data, minutes and texts that renews each month, with no danger of unexpected bills – a bit like pocket money for your child’s phone.

Model behaviour

Smart phone or something simpler? Take some time to think about how advanced you want your child’s phone to be. For younger children, a basic starter phone with limited options might make better sense. They may want the latest gadget to keep up with friends, but what avenues will this open up, and are they child-friendly? Do your research to make an informed decision.

Play as they go

Pay as you go phones are a great springboard for youngsters, helping them to control their spending and usage. Big Value Bundles on Pay as you go give a specified allowance of data, minutes and texts that renews each month, with no danger of unexpected bills – a bit like pocket money for your child’s phone.

Building responsible habits

All Big Value Bundles include and Rewards points – two great features that encourage patience and long-term planning.