Verizon Introduces Smartphone Plan for Kids

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Known as Just Kids, the new plan launches this Thursday and includes unlimited talk and text to 20 parent-defined contacts as well as 5GB of 4G LTE wireless data. Of course, a corollary to giving youngsters handsets of their own is that now they can have smartphone plans of their own as well - all under mom and dad's watchful eye. Appropriately dubbed "Just Kids", Verizon is offering this new plan as an alternative to its standard unlimited plans, as it serves up additional parental controls and restrictions.

Meanwhile, the plan's streaming functionality is limited to "DVD quality" (480p tops) right off the bat, with no premium perks like mobile hotspot support, global calls and texts, or free Apple Music access included.

Just Kids also includes Verizon's suite of parental controls, dubbed Verizon Smart Family Premium (a $9.99 monthly value).

Verizon Just Kids Plan

It's the first plan from a major wireless provider created to meet the needs of both parents and kids.

We should note, Verizon doesn't appear to have put an age minimum on the plan, leaving that decision up to the parents. As stated above Just Kids can be added to any account that has at least one line on Verizon's Above Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, or Go Unlimited plans, and the cost of that Just Kids line goes down depending on how many lines you've got on your account. Meanwhile, Verizon has also teamed up with the Family Online Safety Institute to promote families establishing ground rules for themselves and their kids that promote more responsible use of technology.

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