Suggestions for a Good Mom Phone

Updated on February 23, 2008
J.S. asks from Palo Alto, CA
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My razor just died and I'm in the market for a new cell phone that can stand up to 3 kids who end up playing with it, dropping it etc. Any recommendations?

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After reading all the responses, doing research on phonescoop (this was a huge help!), looking at phones and talking with people I decided to go with a Samsung. I got it yesterday and although I haven't dropped it yet, I like the functionality of it. Thank you all for your input. I wasn't expecting to get such helpful advice. I was also pleased to know I'm not the only one who's kids use the phone for talking to their dad etc! Thank you!

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J.P.

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I love my samsung phone. It flips two different directions (for texting). Very user friendly. It is through Verizon.

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E.E.

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I would say to get another phone just like the one you had and not let your kiddos touch it :-)

I have 7 kids here ranging 1 to 10 and never EVER let them play with my phone. It's not a toy. That settles it.

Sorry, not trying to be harsh at all but I don't think there are any cell phones that can withstand kid handling.

My friend asked me once how long her kids were going to keep messing up the carpet with all of their food droppings. I told her "I guess as long as you let them run around with food." She was actually considering paying to have hardwood installed rather than just teaching her kids to sit down. I'm sure you get the point.

Good luck!

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L.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I love my Iphone. My kids mess with it all of the time and I have dropped it repeatedly. The important thing, I think, is to have a good case that will absorb the shock of drops and keep it away from water. I lost my Razor after one of the kids sprayed me with a hose (darling child!)and I am sure most phones will not withstand that. L.

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K.H.

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I haven't found a phone yet that can withstand my 1 y/o and 4 y/o DD's or my husband for that matter. My DD's know the cell phones are not toys, but accidents happen. My husband is a firefighter and has a crazy schedule. Talking cell phone to cell phone is free and I won't deprive my daughters from talking to their dad on the nights he is not home, just because I am worried about my cell phone. We always get the insurance and it has saved us a time or two. I have had a razor for 2 years now. I have had it replaced twice. I am also in the market for a new phone. I have heard people rave about their iphones. I don't doubt that they have many great functions. They are too expensive for my budget and the iphone is not insurable thru my carrier. So, I would definetly ask if a phone is insurable before I purchased it.

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C.C.

answers from San Francisco on

The only recommendation is to pay the little extra each month to insure the phone. Havent found one yet that can take kids...or construction sites (my husband) for that matter!

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K.K.

answers from San Francisco on

I love my LG phone. I'm not sure what model but it opens up and has a QWERTY keyboard. I lock the keypad so it locks after 7 seconds. I've dropped it a zillion times and it just keeps on going. If you don't already have a provider, call Scott Jackson (asst. mgr) at Verizon Pleasant Hill store and tell him K. referred you. Scott is awesome and will take care of getting you the right phone and service. If you want an even better deal, we sell phones on our website too at: www.bbu4u.mychoices.biz; service too, of course. You'll need to sign up and then you will be able to search our parnter stores and find the right phone for you. (If you wait about a week, I believe we're coming out with the new video phone and the best rates you'll be able to find too.)

Anyway, my LG is the bomb and I am super rough on it.

Take care,
K. Nicole
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A.H.

answers from Sacramento on

My husband works for Verizon and has suggested the G'Zone. It is suppose to be almost indestructable. It still has a camera and some pretty cool other features on it.

It is said to even withstand submersion in water. :)

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M.N.

answers from Sacramento on

I have a sprint 'crazor' and have dropped it more times than I care to admit! It also folds in on itself, so there might be a chance that your kids may find it difficult to open,(maybe ;-) ) I hope you find my messsage helpful.
M.

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R.M.

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That's funny.... I have always used the "free" phone from my provider. With three kids, my phone gets dropped on occasion as well as my kids taking it for the day to the amuzement park when going with other families and so many other places. Not once have I gotten the insurance on the phone and I've only replaced my phone after the two years because it was "out of date".

R.

G.M.

answers from Modesto on

Not wanting to sound harsh, but I think an expensive, electronic device is something that the children need to learn to respect as just that. You should treat it like you would an ashtray with a hot cigarette in it and teach them it is not to be touched. This prevents an embarassing moment at someone elses house where your kids may get a hold of someone elses phone. They should be taught that it is not a toy.

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R.R.

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Whatever you do....do NOT get the blackberry. I hate it! I have the worst static and reception. I even had my husband argue with the phone company to trade ours out for a different one thinking it was just that phone...and this one is no different. Talking to people I am finding other people hate it too. It is just good for texting.

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E.S.

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My husband's iPhone is an amazing thing. I usually just ignore his high-tech stuff but this one is invaluable. I actually borrow it when I'm going out with my son because 1) my son (2 years old) can navigate it with his fingers - look through pictures, play music, look at diggers on the internet, etc and 2) I get lost very easily, and having google maps right there is amazing. It's a really great device and very user-friendly for a mom. I can use it with one hand!!

I disagree with other moms that you shouldn't let your kid touch your phone - perhaps that is true with phones that break easily but the iPhone is durable and easy to use even for little fingers. Having trouble making the phone work is one of the reasons kids get frustrated and end up breaking them. Plus, I think it's important to teach children as soon as possible how to dial a phone in case they need to get help. They should respect the device but that means they should be taught how to use it, rather than barred from looking at it.

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C.A.

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Hi J.,
I too had a Ravr and had to replace it earlier this month. I got and then returned a Sony Erikson Walkman. It was very flimsy and very sensitive. I was accidentally on internet all the time. So I returned it for the LG Shine. I love, love, love it. Really easy to use and it feels really sturdy. I am a stay home mom with a 2, 4, and 8 year olds. I loved my Razr but I love my LG more. It's a slider and not so easy for my kids to accidentally "hang up" on some one. Hope this helps. Have a good day.
C. A.

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J.P.

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I love my samsung phone. It flips two different directions (for texting). Very user friendly. It is through Verizon.

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A.N.

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my suggestion is to get a cheap phone with a insurance =)

A.H.

answers from San Francisco on

J.,

Anything Nokia makes. I have thrown my phone (accidentally of course) across the park and had it survive. Plus I have an 8, 5 and almost 3 year old who have done all sorts of things to it over the years.

A.

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A.S.

answers from Sacramento on

GOOD MORNIN'....NOT SURE WHAT PROVIDER YOU HAVE BUT
MY HUSBAND WORKS FOR AT&T WIRELESS AND HE BOUGHT ME THE BLACK JACK PHONE....I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND HAVE HAD IT FOR OVER A YEAR AND A HALF NOW AND HAVE DROPPED IT SO MANY TIMES AND ITS SURVIVED..LOL...THE MATERIAL ITS MADE OUT OF IS KINDA COOL,IT'S LIKE SOFT OR SOMETHING AND SEEMS TO TAKE THE HITS PRETTY WELL..HAHA;o)PLUS THE PHONE ITS SELF IS AWSWOME...AND NO MATTER WHAT NEW PHONE I GET I USE IT FOR AWHILE AND END UP GOING BACK TO MY BLACKJACK(IN FACT I HAVE 2)...BUT YOU CAN DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND GO ON TO AT&T.COM AND YOU CAN VIEW ALL THEIR PHONES AND IF YOU GO TO PHONESCOOP.COM YOU CAN READ ALL THE REVIEW FOR ALL THE PHONES THAT HAVE BEEN PURCHASED...GOOD LUCK....HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!
P.S.
IF YOU HAVE CINGULAR/AT&T AND HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME THRU MOMASOURCE AND I CAN HAVE MY HUSBAND HELP YOU;o)

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H.K.

answers from Sacramento on

I had a razor too and it was horrible so far as the kids went. I have had a Nextel i560 for over a year now. It still looks brand new after repeated droppings, toilet swims, and various other maladies. It is military rated. Anyhow GREAT phone however Sprint is kinda a pain in the butt to deal with
H. Kahabka
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J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

J. invest in the insurence on your phone most only cost $5.99 a month and it will save you lots of money and upset in the long run

K.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Yes! I went through more phones than I can count! I now have an LG flip phone with (and this is the key) a rigig leather case. I've had this one for more than a year and it has been abused and does great. Need more info? It's cingular, and I dont see any other info on it, but I will call cingular (att or whatever) to get more info if you need it.

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J.C.

answers from San Francisco on

I don't really like my cell phone, however it has a lock feature on it that is great for the kids! I don't have to worry about them calling Tokyo and don't have to panic when I see one of them pushing buttons on it. It's a Sony Ericsson Cingular walkman phone. I don't use half the features that come with it either. Look for the lock though! Pretty cool! :)

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D.S.

answers from Stockton on

Nextel is what we have
My Husband had one for work and he's in construction very durable and reliable and we have 4 children and it works just fine
Good Luck and GOD BLESS
Danielle mother of 4

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S.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi J.,

I just got a Motorola V365 because one reviewer said he was a construction worker who had dropped his many times on site and it survived with nary a scratch. That sold me, since I drop my phone all the time! It's definitely heavier and thicker than a lot of phones and not as "stylish" perhaps, but so far I am pleased with it.

Happy Shopping!

S.

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A.S.

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I'd suggest a Nokia. They're very durable. I had one in the Army, that thing was dropped, stepped on, filled with sand, rained on, just about everything a phone could go through. Not to mention my own child. Also, most cell providers have insurance for a low monthly rate so you can get a replacement if something terrible does happen to it.

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B.B.

answers from San Francisco on

The rule is .... THE PHONE IS NOT A TOY... DONOT PLAY WITH IT. THAT IS A NO NO.

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