kajeet Cellular Phones for Kids (Giveaway)

February 27, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under contests, electronics, giveaways, kids, product reviews

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
The winner is comment #187: Richard
Congratulations!

Girlie Girl is already asking for a cellular phone and although I still think she’s too young to have one 24/7, I can see some of the benefits especially if it’s a kajeet.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

We believe kids are smart. At kajeet our entire philosophy springs from this simple core idea. We want kids to be agile with technology. We want kids to have fun. We want them to be empowered and safe, and we want to help them respond with confidence to what’s happening in their world. Not incidentally, we want their parents and guardians to be involved too. Because having a cell phone is not just fun, it’s a responsibility – a shared responsibility. So we’ve designed kajeet to incorporate a full suite of tools to help families customize and manage every aspect of their kajeet experience.

MY REVIEW

Thanks to kajeet, we received a pink Sanyo Katana II already hooked up to the kajeet system. Everything was already set-up for us and all I had to do was charge the phone. I have to say I was amazed at the Katana II! It looks just like an adult’s flip phone with all the same bells and whistles – text messaging, digital zoom camera, speaker phone, & bluetooth. The pink was such a pretty feminine shade that I was tempted to use it myself!

Because this phone is designed for kids, there’s no contract, activation fees, or early termination fees.  I can control how much this phone can be used depending on how well she’s doing in school or around the house. However, the best thing about kajeet is the GPS phone locator capabilities. This way I can go online and find out where the phone and/or my child is at all times. Talk about piece of mind!

I did let Girlie Girl take the phone with her when she went outside to play or at a friend’s house. This way I could call her when it was time for her to come home or she could call me whenever she wanted to. The TimeManager was also very useful because it allowed me to restrict calls to just a few hours a day. This way I could make sure she wouldn’t receive calls after bedtime or during school hours.

I found the quality of the phone to be excellent and so easy to use. The little animated welcome screen was adorable and Girlie Girl loved the little characters that danced around the screen. Surprisingly, the wireless phone service was great, too! There weren’t any dropped calls or lost signals. I can’t say the same for my iPhone. ;-)

The only downside is that the phone doesn’t have a local phone number which meant that Girlie Girl had to memorize 10 numbers instead of 7. Not a big deal since you’re not charged roaming fees but it was a little confusing for her in the beginning. However, since she REALLY wanted to use this phone she made it a point to memorize her phone number really quickly.

Monthly plans start at only $4.99/month or you can choose pay-as-you-go. Either way it’s a great deal. And depending on how responsible your children are, you can always add or subtract minutes to their plans. It’s all up to you. You’re in control.

WIN IT!

How would you like to win a kajeet Sanyo Katana II (black) cellular phone + temporary included air time for your child? To enter:

  • Just stop by the kajeet site before midnight, March 8th and check out their rate plans.
  • Then come back and mention in comments which plan you would subscribe to if you won. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email on March 9th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to kajeet.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

About the author:
Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.
Kailani

Comments

203 Responses to “kajeet Cellular Phones for Kids (Giveaway)”
  1. susan says:

    I think the best plan for us would be either the basic or standard.

  2. susan says:

    I subscribe.

  3. Sues2u2 says:

    I think the standard would work great for us.

  4. C Gibbs says:

    Standard to start and then possibly the ultimate depending upon usage.

    daytoncat1(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  5. C Gibbs says:

    I subscribe via email!

    daytoncat1(at)yahoo(dot).com

  6. groovyoldlady says:

    Aaaaaaw, I am SO old fashioned. I don’t have a cell phone and I have no intention of ever getting my girls phones of their own. Guess they’ll have to be deprived until they’re adults…

    This computer is about as techy as we get!

  7. Carol says:

    I like Pay As You Go, so would my husband.

  8. Carol says:

    Subscriber.

  9. Carol says:

    Button. ceeceeblogger.blogspot.com

  10. susan varney says:

    probably the basic plan

  11. Jo says:

    I would get the standard plan with gps locator

  12. Jo says:

    I am a subscriber

  13. Cindy B. in Montana says:

    I’d probably use the Standard Plan, thanks!

  14. Cindy B. in Montana says:

    Subscriber!

  15. Cindy B. in Montana says:

    I’ve got your button, left sidebar!

  16. Sherry says:

    I like the Basic plan.

  17. Sherry says:

    Subscriber.

  18. AutumH says:

    It would most likely be the basic plan.

  19. AutumH says:

    subscriberr.

  20. Ann Fantom says:

    I would sign up for the basic plan. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  21. paul haddock says:

    A basic plan for my 10 year old

  22. Elisa says:

    Basic plan for us!

  23. Sandy says:

    standard

  24. Sandy says:

    subscriber

  25. melanie says:

    i would go with the standard plan

  26. melanie says:

    i subscribe

  27. jen says:

    The standard would work best for us for right now.

  28. Lori M says:

    I’d do pay as you go. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Baba says:

    Hmm not sure which plan. I would probably give this to my grandson and let him decide with his parents which plan to get. Whichever one he can afford to pay for himself.

  30. Baba says:

    Blogged here:
    http://babasfarmlife.blogspot.com/2009/02/cool-giveaways_28.html

  31. Baba says:

    I subscribe.

  32. Margaret Smith says:

    I would love to win this phone for my son. He’s been really begging us for a phone of his own. “All his friends have them”, I’ve heard a million times. lol This would be the perfect phone for him. I would start with the Basic plan, letting him know that the phone is for only essential use and not a toy. I love the whole concept behind the Kajeet phone. Thanks for this giveaway.

  33. C. clemens says:

    enter me

  34. Jill Watkins says:

    I would get the nights and weekends package. My daughter is in school all day so the only time she would be able to use it would be at night.

  35. Jill Watkins says:

    I am a current subscriber thru Bloglines.

  36. jffryclough says:

    i could get by nicely on ‘basic’

  37. Cheryl K says:

    I’d say the nights and weekends package would work best

  38. Katy says:

    I would subscribe to the Standard plan. This would be great for my niece or nephew.

  39. Douglas says:

    Thanks for the great prize… I love the nights and weekends plan

  40. Catherine copeland says:

    Pay As You Go plan would work out great for my parents. they don’t use lots of the new technology but it would be convenient to have a way for them to get in touch with me if they are in any kind of trouble.

  41. Danetta says:

    I would probably start off with the Pay-as-you-go plan, then depending on usage, upgrade to standard or ultimate.

  42. john ferris says:

    The standard plan would be best for me.

  43. Danetta says:

    I blogged about this giveaway: http://goyay.blogspot.com/2009/02/island-life-kajeet-giveaway.html

  44. Sheila says:

    I would go with the Standard plan!

  45. christopher h says:

    id use the basic plan for youngest

  46. Sheila says:

    Im a subscriber!

  47. Sheila says:

    I have your button! http://mom2anutball.blogspot.com/

  48. Carolyn says:

    The standard plan is just right for us.

  49. lisa p says:

    I think the standard plan would od for us!

  50. fiona says:

    this is really great – I am so against my kids having a cell phone but at the same time it isn’t like when we were growing. A quarter isn’t going to help when there are NO payphones anywhere! I would probably go for the basic plan at first.

  51. Charlana says:

    Sounds like a great little phone! I would subscribe to the Standard plan.

  52. PlaygroundforParents says:

    Pay as you go is the one for us! Thank you!!

  53. shannon Baas says:

    the ultimate

  54. Joanna says:

    Standard would be great. Thanks

  55. Ali says:

    Pay as you go for us :)

  56. Ali says:

    I’m subbed!

  57. Linda Fish says:

    I would use the Pay as you go plan, I dont use mine much

  58. Stephen Saunders says:

    pay as you go. !

  59. Denyse says:

    We’d go with the standard plan!

  60. Anne L. says:

    One of my kids already has a Kajeet phone and the other would like to have one. We have the Pay as You Go plan.

  61. Susan C says:

    I would get the basic package, since I would keep this phone for myself for emergencies.

  62. Susan C says:

    I have your button!

  63. Susan C says:

    I’m subscribed!

  64. Julia Magrath says:

    Oh my gosh, my son’s been dyyyyyying for a cell phone, this would be perfect for him!

  65. Zeliha Senturk says:

    follower..

  66. Denise B. says:

    Right now, I’d go with the pay-as-you-go plan.

  67. Eloise C says:

    I think the Standard plan would be perfect, thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway, this would be perfect!

    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

  68. Eloise C says:

    I am also a subscriber, thanks again!

    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

  69. Djp says:

    i do need a new cell, mine is over 6 yrs. old and weighs about a lb.

  70. Dana says:

    I would pick the Basic Plan.

  71. Ellen Ring says:

    The pay as you go plan would be best for me.

  72. linda allain says:

    Standard plan would be the best for us…thank you

  73. Michele says:

    What a cool giveaway!! Actually, I’m not sure which plan I’d choose because, if I won, I’d give the phone to my nephew who LOVES to talk on the phone. So, it would be up to my sister as to which plan she would choose for him.

    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)

    Butterfly Whispers

  74. Michele says:

    I have your button on my blog, Butterfly Whispers, and the link is under my email address below.

    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)

    Butterfly Whispers

  75. Michele says:

    I subscribe to your feed via Google Reader.

    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)

    Butterfly Whispers

  76. Michele says:

    I blogged about your giveaway here:

    http://michele-butterflywhispers.blogspot.com/2009/03/ten-great-giveaways.html

    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)

    Butterfly Whispers

  77. Julie says:

    I Probably would go with the basic plan. I think this phone is a great idea for adolescents!

  78. James Jenkins says:

    wow

  79. Karen says:

    My son would def need the Ultimate plan.

  80. Vergie says:

    Like the merry-go-round, Pay As You Go

  81. amir says:

    We’d go with the standard plan. Thanks for the chance.

  82. Lory1317 says:

    I think the standard would be best for us.

  83. Lory1317 says:

    I subscribe.

  84. kelly b. says:

    i would choose the basic plan go so my son has a phone for emergencies only.

  85. JJ says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  86. JJ says:

    I would choose the basic plan for emergencies and so that my son could feel grown up!

  87. brandlyn says:

    The basic plan sounds good to me. What a great prize

  88. Tricia says:

    I’m stuck between basic and standard. Fun giveaway, my kids keep asking for phones.

  89. Vicky Boackle says:

    i think the basic plan would be ok.

  90. Shay says:

    This would be great for emergencies. Thanks!

  91. Shay says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  92. tom homrich says:

    NICE PHONE

  93. tom homrich says:

    NICE PHONE

  94. jennifer says:

    I’m all about paying as you go. These look great for my son and nephew!

  95. Liza767 says:

    standard

  96. Sarah Z says:

    I would like the Standard plan but I bet we would really need the Ultimate!
    Thanks

  97. J Pohlot says:

    Standard regular plan. bbrrterrace(at)hotmail.com

  98. Cher says:

    Probably the standard plan! Thanks!

  99. Cher says:

    I subscribe!

  100. Cher says:

    And I have your button.

  101. Ginny says:

    My daughter has been driving me crazy for a cel phone, I would do the $4.99 plan to start with.

  102. Ginny says:

    Subscribed

  103. Ginny says:

    Button up

  104. Rachel says:

    I love that you can get a plan with only 150 minutes! That’s great! It would work so well for my daughter.

  105. Kari Follett says:

    The basic standard plan is what I’d start with. I’d love this for my youngest!

  106. Kari Follett says:

    I subscribe!

  107. Monique Rizzo says:

    Basic for us! Thanks for the chance.

  108. Lory1317 says:

    Subscriber!

  109. Lory1317 says:

    Follower.

  110. Laura S. says:

    I think the standard plan would be a good place to start for us. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  111. Janelle says:

    We would do the basic plan. Great giveaway – thanks for the chance!!

  112. s williams says:

    probably standard plan to start

  113. angel says:

    the basic to be used for emergencies only

  114. Maureen says:

    The phone would be for my nephew who is almost 13. I would say the Basic plan but would probably end up with the Standard plan with the 150 minutes.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I love that these phones have Parental control. Terrific

  115. Lory1317 says:

    Wed entry, I subscribe.

  116. Lory1317 says:

    wed. follower.

  117. mannequin says:

    You know, for his first cell phone, I’d choose the Basic plan. He’s only twelve and he shouldn’t be talking on a cell phone unless I know exactly who, what, when , where and why. With the Kajeet, I can do that.

  118. mannequin says:

    I blogged the giveaway!

    http://fracturedtoy.blogspot.com/2009/03/wednesday-links-and-raves.html

  119. mannequin says:

    I subscribed via Google RSS and what a cute chocolate lovin babydoll!

  120. Dave says:

    Finances are very tight right now, so we’d start off with the Basic plan. If need be, we could always upgrade to the Standard plan later. Thank you for the chance to win

  121. Kathy Scott says:

    I would love the basic plan for my son to have for emergencies.

  122. joanna smith says:

    I would plan to choose the Standard Plan. For 150 minutes a month that sounds like enough airtime to provide a young child with and at the same time gives my husband and I peace of mind in knowing we are adequately prepared for any type of emergency or vital calls that need to be made. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.

  123. joanna smith says:

    I am subscribed to your feed.

  124. Lory1317 says:

    I follow along.

  125. Lory1317 says:

    Subscribe.

  126. sarah says:

    pay as you go!

  127. Karen Gonyea says:

    Pay as u go :)

  128. Kasey says:

    pay as you go, is what i like for the kids

  129. KIERRA says:

    I Think the GPS is te best Feature is the best!! Parents always wonder where their kids are and this would be a great relief

  130. Stephanie says:

    I would subscribe to the ultimate plan. I think that’s the most affordable

  131. Stephanie says:

    I subscribe on google reader!

  132. Janel says:

    The standard plan.

  133. Tara Braun says:

    The standard plan would work for us.

  134. Rosanne says:

    The Basic plan

  135. Rosanne says:

    I’m a subscriber

  136. Kim says:

    I would subscribe to the ultimate plan. it is a really good deal

  137. Kim says:

    I subscribed

  138. Kathy Conley says:

    I would get the pay as you go for my daughter!

  139. Jennifer Hedden says:

    the standard

  140. Kim Fenner says:

    I would get the standard plan. Thanks!

  141. Stephanie Adkins says:

    I guess I would get the standard plan.

  142. Jay French says:

    The basic plan looks the best for us.

  143. phillip stacy says:

    Please enter me.

  144. Casey B says:

    I would choose the basic plan.

  145. Casey B says:

    I subscribe

  146. R Hicks says:

    I prefer the pay as you go plan

  147. R Hicks says:

    I am subscribed to your feed

  148. R Hicks says:

    have your button

    http://ardy22.blogspot.com/

  149. Paula Harmon says:

    It’s pay as you go for me. I hate contracts! Especially since hubby is laid off, I don’t know what will happen next. My oldest daughter just turned 14. She is a good kid and its time for a phone! She’d be surprised if I gave this to her, especially since she understands our hard times we are going through! The little ones don’t have a clue.

  150. Debra F says:

    I think the standard plan would work best for us. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  151. Suzanne F says:

    pay as you go for my daughter. Thanks

  152. Jason says:

    the standard plan looks good.

  153. ky2here says:

    Guaranteed ‘pay as you go’. That’s the only feasible option around here.

  154. Steve Scott says:

    I would like this for my son for emergencies. Pay as you go is the best for this.

  155. Vicki says:

    What a great idea! Thanks!

  156. Jaque says:

    The Standard Plan would most likely fit my family needs….but you never know, those 150 minutes can go by fast! Thank you. :-)

  157. traci says:

    The pink one is such a pretty color !

  158. traci says:

    The pink one is pretty color !

  159. Annette Burke says:

    I would go with the Basic service plan. I’d like this for my son to use in case of emergency.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  160. Annette Burke says:

    I subscribed via RSS. Thanks!

  161. Molly says:

    I would use the standard plan, but allow my daughters to earn money through chores, etc, if they want to buy/earn more time.

  162. Lisa H says:

    I like Pay As You Go

  163. Jean F says:

    The pay as you go plan.

  164. Heather G says:

    I would choose pay as you go! Thanks for the chance!

  165. amber ryder says:

    The ultimate would work here!

  166. amber ryder says:

    I subscribe!

  167. Dru Mooney says:

    I think starting off with pay as you go would be ideal…it is a great idea for your child to have it to be able to find her at dinner time! Plus, you can use it as a parenting tool…no phone if you don’t do your chores! A cell phone for a child can be an effective thing if used correctly! Thanks for the opportunity!

  168. Lee Taylor says:

    I’m a subscriber via Google Reader!

  169. Lee Taylor says:

    This would be a great surprise for my nine year-old princess! And I prefer the ‘pay-as-you-go-plan’!

    Thanks for the ‘awesome’ giveaway offering!

    Good luck to all!

  170. Steph says:

    The Pay As You Go, or Basic plan would be great for us.

  171. GENEVA LOVE says:

    THIS PLAN IS THE PLAN FOR MY FAMILY

  172. Reva Skie says:

    I would do the dtandard plan.

  173. Lory1317 says:

    I’m subscribed.

  174. Marion B says:

    I would probably just get the standard plan.

  175. Lisa Taylor says:

    I would go for the Ultimate plan because the phone would be shared between my 3 older kids aged 10,9 and 7 They would take it with them to their activities so they could call me to pick them up. Thank you for the chance to win

  176. Lisa Taylor says:

    I am a subscriber

  177. carol says:

    The standard plan looks good!

  178. carol says:

    I subscribe!

  179. Catherine KingChuparkoff says:

    Since it is for my daughter I would do the pay as you go plan.

  180. Filly says:

    THe Basic Plan would probably be our choice.

  181. John Deal says:

    I would use the standard.

  182. Rose Fisher says:

    My 9 year old son has been wanting a cell phone. I think the pay as you go plan would work best for us. That way he can do chores, etc to earn money to pay for his cell phone usage.

    Thanks for the chance!

  183. Leigh Nichols says:

    The Basic plan- looks like a great starter plan. My son has been bugging the snot out of me for a phone, and I guess it’s finally time *sigh*

  184. Heidi says:

    I think I would start out with the basic plan. I really like this idea. I am glad you reviewed it before hand because I always wonder if it really is what it says it is…

  185. Richard M says:

    The GPS features is pretty cool.

  186. Rosanna says:

    I’d do the pay as I go since I probably wouldn’t use it as much as I expect.

  187. Rosanna says:

    I subscribe

  188. Jane says:

    I talk a lot! So I’d use the ULTIMATE plan.

  189. Jane says:

    I am a subscriber

  190. Joanne says:

    I’m a basic kind of gal.

  191. Joanne says:

    I get your blog updates.

  192. reana says:

    I’ll probably just stick to standard…

  193. reana says:

    Feeded updates

  194. Jana says:

    I’m not willing to hassle with a pay as you go plan so I’ll just do the ultimate! The whole thing.

  195. Jana says:

    I am a subscriber.

  196. Gianna says:

    The standard plan :)

  197. Lily Kwan says:

    I would subscribe to the Pay As You Go plan.

  198. Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

  199. Kailani says:

    Congratulations Richard

    You are the winner of the kajeet giveaway at An Island Life. Please contact me within 3 days with your mailing address to claim your prize. Thank you for your participation.

    Aloha
    Kailani

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