Monday, August, 03, 2020 08:07:58
Verizon debuts Just Kids plan with 5GB LTE data and parental controls
- The Just Kids plan is being positioned as the first plan designed for kids with smartphones
- It includes unlimited text or talk to 20 contacts approved by parents and 5GB of monthly data
U.S. telecom giant Verizon has recently announced that the company is introducing a new mobile data plan which is being positioned as the first plan designed for kids with smartphones. Apparently, the Just Kids plan includes unlimited text or talk to 20 contacts approved by parents as well as 5GB of monthly data.
Reportedly, the plan also consists of Smart Family Premium suite of parental controls from Verizon, that generally costs $9.99 extra per month. This plan includes ‘safety mode’ enabled, which means that kids could keep using data after hitting the 5GB LTE limit at reduced speeds, without any additional penalties or charges. The video quality also gets restricted to 480p, similar to the cheaper unlimited plan for adults the company offers.
The Smart Family Premium purportedly enables parents to put content filters in place, track the location of their kids, and set screen time limits. The company states that for subscribing to Just Kids, a minimum of one line on the account must be on Above Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited or Go Unlimited plans. Apparently, the three unlimited plans from the company could be mixed and matched on a family account.
Starting at $55 per month on a two-line account, the Just Kids plan drops to $35 if there are four or more people on a family plan. The costliest plan on the price list is the ‘Above Unlimited’ plan which starts at $95 per month for a single line and drops to $60 if there are four or more lines.
Sources familiar with the matter cited that the company is being vague about the range of age that the Just Kids plan is meant for. Verizon said in a statement that the decision of when to provide the first phone to a child depends on their parent and varies in every family.