Kajeet (866-452-5338), a Sprint MVNO that specializes in "smart phones for kids" featuring parental controls and a phone (and child) finder app, has cut the price of data on its lowest cost plans.
Until now Kajeet has charged an insane $1/MB ($1024/GB) for data on its $4.99, 14.99 and $19.99 plans. With the latest change, data is now 4¢/MB ($41/GB). Kajeet adds a 10% transaction fee on all airtime purchases so the real price of data is actually 4.4¢/MB or $45 per gigabyte.
While $45 per GB may sound like a lot, it's actually pretty good for pay per use, as opposed to use it or lose it, data. The majority of MVNOs, including PagePlus, PTel, H2O and Ecomobile charge 10¢/MB for per use data. In fact the only operators I'm aware of with pay per use data rates lower than Kajeet's are Google's Project Fi at 1¢/MB, Republic Wireless at 1.5¢/MB, RingPlus and FreedomPop at 2¢/MB and TracFone smartphones and BYOP at 2.4¢ using the $50 2 GB card.
The new lower data price makes Kajeet worth a second look, particularly if you need the child friendly aspects of the service. In addition to a child geo-tracker. Kajeet offers a safe browsing web blocker and also gives parents the ability disable the child's phone while driving or during certain hours, block calls to or from specific numbers and set usage limits.
Here's a full list of Kajeet's current plans:
|Price/Month 1||Voice Minutes||SMS||MMS||Data 2|
2 Additional data available: 50 MB/$4.99/mo, 500 MB/$14.99/mo, 1 GB/$24.99/mo
Kajeet uses the Sprint native network with no roaming. LTE data is available. Using your phone as a hotspot is allowed on 3G Android devices but, according to Kajeet, it doesn't work LTE capable phones. BYOSP (Bring Your Own Sprint Phone) is allowed subject to Sprint's complex and inconsistent rules on using Sprint phones on MVNOs.
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