So you’re a parent who sees the value in cell phones as a great way to keep in touch with your kids and for emergencies, but don’t really want to turn them into chatterbugs and spend a mini fortune on cell phone bills? Then take a look at the TicTalk. You get to control the hours when it can be used, what numbers can be called, who can call the phone and more. And since this is geared to kids as well, TicTalk has teamed with Leapfrog to provide a number of educational games on the phone. The rugged phone even has featured found in standard cell phones like calendaring, to do lists, custom ringtones, multimedia capability, stopwatch and even a speakerphone.
The coverage on these phones is also pretty wide, and you can buy minutes on a pay as you go basis without being locked into a contract.
Price: see vendor
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)