Over the years, we’ve gotten lots of questions about when kids should get their first cell phone, which we’ve always answered with questions ourselves, because really, it depends on a lot of factors. How old is your child? Are they responsible enough for a phone? What are they using for? The list goes on. But now with Snowfox, a screen-free tracker for kids (and families), parents have another option before jumping into getting a cell phone for their kids who might not be ready just yet. Related: Toymail Mailmen – The cutest option for kids before kids are ready for their...Read More
Category: Cell Phones
There was lots of news at this week’s big Apple Event, from cool new developments in Apple’s dedication towards sustainability to awesome new product announcements (and price changes on existing ones). We took the time to go through it all, to share the most exciting news we think parents will care about. And yes, non-parents too. iPhone SE As popular as the new bigger iPhone 6 and 6S models have been (not to mention the 6+), the demand for a smaller phone is still high. We’ve heard it from our own readers plenty — especially those of us ladies with smaller hands and tinier pockets....Read More
How to know if your child is ready for a cell phone: 5 questions to ask yourself. Then answer, honestly.
One of the most frequent questions we’re asked at Cool Mom Tech is at what age we think kids are ready to get their first cell phones. And, well, the short answer is… it depends. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy fill in a number here answer. Because it’s not an easy question. So to help you make this big decision, we’ve put together a list of considerations to ask yourself before taking the plunge. If you can answer them honestly, we think you’ll make a good choice. And we’re happy that we get to offer you our tips on behalf of our sponsor, authorized Verizon premium retailer Cellular Sales, because they know...Read More
The LG GizmoPal phone wristwatch for kids: It could change the way you get in touch. Or yell for them to come home, at least.
Unless you are a parent who just doesn’t use a cell phone yourself — which, huh? — we guarantee your kids will be begging pretty much by the time they get to kindergarten, and see one classmate who already has one. We don’t entirely think that five-year-olds need full iPhones and Galaxy phones and in fact we’ve done a lot of thinking about the right age to get your kids their own phone. That’s why LG’s newest device for Verizon, the LG GizmoPal cell phone wristwatch (available through our affiliate Amazon) is piquing our interest. It’s designed specifically for kids as young as four years old. Whether or not that...Read More
Browsing the crowdfunding scene, we’re always amazed by the space-age ideas being brought to life out there and making us go, whoa. Now, it’s the the Light Phone, an ultra compact phone that totally looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie. Billed as “your phone away from phone,” the Light Phone is meant to be the way you stay in touch when you’re really trying to disconnect. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know. But stay with me, because I can really see why the Light Phone could be great for parents. Related: 5 things I learned when I put away my...Read More
Ever since the big Apple announcement last week, I find myself ogling over the iPhone 6/6+ and the Apple Watch. They’re just so darn pretty. And seeing some great buyback programs is definitely enticing me to trade up from the iPhone 5, as happy as I am with it. If you’re wondering how to sell your old iPhone, I poked around to check out some of the best deals you can get on trade-ins. The best advice: With the iPhone 6/6+ available in stores on September 19th, it’s recommended that you act fast. Because it’s likely that these offers will continue to decrease after the phone launches,...Read More
September always brings two emotional events for me: 1) the kids going back to school and 2) Apple’s annual announcement. Okay, so emotional may be an overstatement on the second event, but the gorgeousness that is the new iPhone 6 actually did bring a tear to my eye. In true form, there were lots of jaw-dropping announcements today from phablet iPhones, mobile phone payments, wearable tech, and lots of feature improvements that Apple parents especially will love. And to finally confirm all those rumors, yes, an Apple Watch! But that’s coming up in another post. We live tweeted news from our Cool Mom Tech...Read More
The big new iOS 8 announcement from Apple: Photo changes, HealthKit, HomeKit and…they did what to texting?
During the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, as always, people listen and discuss all the huge new Apple news. (Hence the #WWDC hashtag we saw all day yesterday on Twitter.) Apple didn’t disappoint yesterday with Tim Cook’s big iOS 8 announcement, revealing amazing (amazing!) new features for the iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, and Mac, and plenty of reasons why you Apple users will rely on your iPhone or other mobile device even more in the fall. The new operating system is going to boast a completely new experience, making it Apple’s biggest update to date — and you thought iOS 7 took some getting used to. From the looks of...Read More
Kids are using cell phones now at younger ages, and the options for parent-approved, kid-safe phones are growing, which is why it’s not surprising that Sprint is jumping into the ring with their new WeGo cell phone for kids. While there’s a lot of buzz about this new cell phone from the tech point of view, as a parent I wanted to take a closer look at the actual features and the feasibility of a phone that’s aimed at kids as young as five. Here’s my take on what I think is sure to be the first of many cell phones aimed at...Read More
With the huge popularity of wearable tech and smartwatches, it’s no surprise that Google is leading the fray with Android Wear which they just announced today. And from I can tell, it’s worth getting excited about. Along with allowing the Android Wear user to access information right when he or she needs it using Google Now technology (you know, like checking sports scores during the kids’ bathtime as they show in the demo video – ha), Google has teamed up with consumer electronics manufacturers like LG, HTC, and Samsung, just to name a few, to get the ball rolling....Read More