This post is sponsored by ZTE
If 2018 might be the year you get your child a phone, it’s possible to get them a smartphone without breaking the bank. Look beyond their wish list of devices and ignore their pleas to keep up with their friends in favor of devices by manufacturers who offer phones with impressive specs at far more affordable prices. Once you make your way past the top two manufacturers (you know who I’m talking about!) a world of smartphone possibilities opens up and you’ll be amazed that you can get your kids a real smartphone for under $150.
One brand worth looking at is ZTE. ZTE arrived in the United States from China in 1998 and has become the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the US. The company is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communication technology accessible to all and their new Blade X comes packed with features in a pocket-sized Android smartphone they’ll want and won’t drain your bank account.
How to Get Your Kids a Real Smartphone for Under $150? Meet ZTE Blade X
Priced at $69.99 (with number transfer) or $119.99 for a new number, the ZTE Blade X from Cricket Wireless provides advanced features and tools that go beyond expectations. With a 5.5” HD display, quad-core processor, Android™ 7.1.1 (Nougat) OS, 3,000 mAh battery with power-saving mode, 4G LTE™ network, and impressive Dolby Audio™ surround sound, the ZTE Blade X is packed with impressive features that will allow your child to text, message, browse the web, play games, stream music and video, and yes, even talk when you decide you want to call them.
With a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, full HD video and advanced camera settings, they’ll be able to Snap and Gram to their heart’s content or until their data runs out. If you’re concerned about keeping their devices secure in case it gets misplaced, the Blade X features a fingerprint reader for unlocking your device or launching a favorite app.
ZTE Blade X sounds almost too good to be true but it isn’t. Plans from Cricket Wireless help families stay within their budget with talk and text plans starting at $25/month and data plans beginning at $30/month for 2 GB of high speed data.
With the Blade X priced at $119.99 plus the first month plan (priced at $25 or $30/month), your child’s new phone comes to just under $150, not including tax!
The top two options are great for families with new cell phone users because they provide the convenience of a smartphone but with a limit on talking, texting, or data to help ensure you get your kids a real smartphone and they will act responsibly with their new device. It’s a good idea to limit texting and data to help kids understand how quickly group chats can eat up their allotted texts per month. They’ll also start to realize how quickly 2 GB of data evaporates when sending video messages through Snapchat or Instagram’s direct message features or watching YouTube videos on the school bus.
You can always upgrade your kids to a more expensive plan that features more, or unlimited data, but for a first smartphone user, the ZTE Blade X from Cricket Wireless is a pretty great choice that comes packed with features that will thrill your kid without breaking the bank.
Win Your Own ZTE Blade X
ZTE wants to help you start the year with a new smartphone for your family and is providing one reader with a Blade X. To enter, leave a comment sharing the age of your kids and whether or not they own smartphones. For additional entries, follow me on Instagram and like and comment on any of my photos between now and Friday, January 12 at 11:59 pm ET. I’ll choose a winner next Friday and you’ll have 24 hours to email me back with U.S. mailing address and cell phone number for shipping purposes. Good luck!
This post was sponsored by ZTE but all opinions are my own.