Top phones for teenagers

As your teenager spends more and more time away from home, regular communication is a must. Don’t know where to start? We’re here to help.


It’s easy to get lost in the sea of information, especially when it comes to mobile technology and teenagers. Choosing the right plan and the right phone doesn’t have to be difficult. Below, we’ll go over some great options, ranging from prepaid plans and basic phones to finding a plan for your family and choosing the right smartphone for your teen.

Simpler phones for more control

While it can be tempting to jump straight into the world of smartphones, sometimes it’s best to test the waters with something a bit less technical and more sensible. A basic phone is an easy and practical way to introduce your teen to the responsibilities of owning a cell phone. The LG Cosmos™ 3 is a basic cell phone that offers a sliding QWERTY keyboard, text messaging, Mobile Web and email.

For those first-time cell phone users, the physical keyboard comes in handy—teens are increasingly using text messaging to communicate, and learning to type on a screen can be a little tough. This is a great phone for quick, unobtrusive check-ins and covers all the bases of your basic communication needs.

New phones for trendy teens

Another smartphone for the technologically advanced teen is the Droid Turbo 2 by Motorola. With it, your teen can take photos like a pro using intuitive gestures, and then upload them to Instagram. This smartphone packs the same punch as the latest smart devices, all in one smaller, more compact package—perfect for slipping into the back pocket of a pair of skinny jeans.

If your teens are constantly on the move between cross-country practice, rehearsal for the school play and a part-time job, you might want to equip them with the Samsung Galaxy Note5. This smartphone is easily paired with the Samsung Gear S2, which displays important notifications and reminders, and even counts steps. The Note5 also comes with an S Pen™, so they can take notes for class directly onto their device.

Finding the right plan

If you’re not willing to share a phone bill with your teen, consider a monthly prepaid plan. Setting up a prepaid plan is simple, economical and practical. It’s also an easy way to set limitations and expectations for how much your teen should use the phone and when. The best part? You can choose from a wide variety of basic phones and smartphones, giving both you and your teen a lot of great options.

There are numerous options available for every budget and lifestyle. It has never been easier to find a phone to suit your—and your teen’s—needs.


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