Alcatel OneTouch Pixi First Smartphone

How many times have you had to replace the screen on your Smartphone? Or had to replace a phone that your kids have lost?

Imagine if you could buy a feature-packed smartphone for about the same price as a replacement screen…

Enter the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi First Smartphone

With an RRP of just $99, the Pixi First is the ideal first phone for ‘tweens and teens, or a replacement phone for chronic screen smashers.

Super fast to set-up: Just charge the battery and you are away, with loads of popular apps preloaded.

Very easy to use: My digital native six-year-old had already started playing a game he had downloaded while I was still activating the SIM card.

It looks good: The latest Alcatel OneTouch Pixi First smartphone is available in a range of elegant covers with classy metallic finishing in four colours: Soft Slate, Metal Silver, Metal Gold and Rose Gold.

Slim build: The 4-inch display is nicely packed in the 9.7mm slim body which is amongst the slimmest 4-inch handsets on the market.

Super selfies: The Pixi First’s 5 Mpxl rear camera with flash and 2 Mpxl front camera allow you to take great shots and selfies. It also means great photos and videos are no longer out of reach for smartphone users on a budget.

It does what you want it to do, fast: The Pixi First boasts a 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor for speedy games and apps, as well as 3G+ connectivity for fast streaming and browsing.

And it lasts: Last but not least, the long lasting battery keeps your smartphone running with 300 hours standby time and seven hours talk time.

With all the right features and its affordable price the Pixi First is perfectly suited for those entering the market for their first phone.

However at eight and six my older kids are still way too young for their own phone – despite what they keep telling me – so this one is going to my mum who has so far survived life without a mobile phone.

Want one for yourself, your kids, or your mum? You can pick up a Pixi First smartphone from Australia Post.

** Our giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Michelle on winning a new Alcatel OneTouch Pixi First smartphone. Competition closed Friday May 20, 2016. Please see full terms and conditions **

For your chance to win, simply tell us what your number one rule would be for kids using a smartphone for the first time.

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  • Never sign up for sites like “Bongo” (ie. who will I marry? blah blah blah) and get charged big bucks for receiving texts…..yup, my tween learnt the hard way 🙁

    • Do not ring 1300 numbers apart from that , if you give a chlid a phone then you must trust they are old enough to use it correctly.

  • Be sure that your child is aware that what happens in cyberspace stays in cyberspace — forever! Though your daughter may think she is posting a suggestive photo for a boyfriend or sending a gossipy message to a best friend, it is up to you to teach her that her note can be cut, pasted and forwarded to an infinite number of people

  • There’s so much cyber bullying that goes on, and I don’t want that normalized for my children. It’s important to have honesty and for children to tell their parents if they are being bullied, or know someone else who is.

  • Be able to communicate well with your child so that if things go belly up, you’ll know about it and include a list of rules and your expectations including ‘don’ts’ and the consequences if they break the rules. Things like your phone will be confiscated if you don’t help out at home, go to inappropriate sites on the internet, don’t do homework, don’t be nice etc.

    “Having A Healthy Dose of Paranoia Helps”
    Let them know that creepy strangers can see everything they do on screen all times

    Never have a credit card or direct debit account linked to your phone. Kids using apps can potentially clean out your bank account without even knowing it.

    With Android setting up a Google Play account without a linked credit card is easy and straight forward.

    However with Apple’s iPhone and iTunes you need to take advantage of a glitch in their system. It’s a simple procedure few people know about and this is how you do it:

    If you get a New iPhone and follow its instructions to set up iTunes account (Apple ID) it will only offer you limited payment options. All of theses hold your credit card details for future purchase and make your phone potentially financially dangerous for parents when is in the hands of children.

    However if, before setting up iTunes on your phone, you visit the iTunes store and attempt to download an App (try a free app first) it will ask you to set up iTunes account and when you then proceed from here it will give you the additional payment option of “None”. Therefore you can set up iTunes (Apple ID) without the possibility of being robbed blind.

    If you need to make iTunes music or app purchases buy an iTunes gift card from local store and enter the code instead. They are available everywhere,they are often discounted too and it’s a safer method financially.

  • For my children, I would only not allow them to go online. They can call and text and use it in emergencies only..and the occasional offline game! They are far too young to have unlimited access to the internet!

  • Do not download anything that needs money aka appears on the bill and gives Mummy heart failure!

  • Only make calls in an emergency, and then only to numbers that are stored in the phone. If you want to chit chat, have friends over, be old fashioned and use the land line, or skype or another one of those internety face time thingies you kids these day do.

  • No social media! The internet is a tool to find information and to become smarter, not for becoming a narcissistic moron. They don’t have the maturity to think about the consequences and future issues that come with giving all of your information to private companies.

  • Never flash your phone around. It’s not a toy or for show and tell.

    Remember it’s to contact if you need help or someone to talk to.

    I’m trusting you to be responsible by looking after it. I’m very proud of you.

  • For a start I would only give them a prepaid SIM card; so they would not be able to download anything or not much. I might even block data. The first phone should be for emergencies only.

  • My first words would be “This is just a trial” It would be a phone and not an online device and it would be handed over on return home. My biggest No. 1 rule would be it is only for calling mum.

  • Set the data to run only when logged onto a WIFI network (like at home), to help save data usage and not receive a huge bill for excess data usage!

  • For the first few months always check with Mum or Dad before ädding”to the phone-better safe than sorry

  • My number one rule would be to ask mum or dad before you do anything on it and only ring your parents. My daughter is 12 and has started to ride home after school so she has one of old nokias so she can ring us if she needs and has been really good with it so far. This sounds ideal as she really wants a smart phone but I cant justify spending so much money in case it gets stolen or lost. Now I have some great tips from the other comments so will be all over it 🙂

  • For all you worried parents …with my eldest we set up an account with Telstra called Mobile protect which you can set up a safe list of numbers and websites ,block calls and much more its free for Telstra users worth a look , my number one rule is time limiting as in when they can actually use the phone for friends ,otherwise its just for emergencies only .

  • It all depends on their age. For younger children, no internet access. For slightly older children a good chat about what happens online, stays online & can be seen by anyone at any time, future employers, future partners, even their own children one day. And most important of all….I’m only a phone call or a quick text away

  • Share your pin (with Mum and Dad) or we’ll pull the pin! As parents it is our responsibility to be very involved.

  • Password protect EVERYTHING you don’t want your child trusting because they end up in everything and you’re left wondering how they managed to do it. (e.g a Facebook status!)

  • My number one rule is that a phone is not a toy and should never be used as one (except by us adults – that’s different as we pay the bills). The new Alcatel OneTouch Pixi First smartphone looks incredible.

  • My number one rule is that the parents are allowed to look at the phone anytime they want.

  • Set up very strong parental restrictions on the phone where only approved sites can be accessed and always start with a Prepaid account making sure the child understands that when the credit runs out the phone does too…until the next scheduled recharge.

  • Patental controls – restricting webpages, phone calls & sms to approved people, sites/apps

  • Social media will not be used on their mobile phone and a pre-paid account only so I can stay in control.

  • Teach them to consider it a ‘family phone’. Don’t be sending messages/ pictures you wouldn’t want your granny seeing.

  • Put it on silent, so the noise the phone makes when they receive countless messages won’t annoy me 😉

  • If you are alone with headphones in, then the sound has to be turned down to be aware of traffic around you and your surroundings. You don’t know who’s hanging around you.

  • Turn the wi fi off! They can learn the basics of the phone, until they know the true meaning of the internet, they can stick with emergency calls only!

  • You only get an alotted amount of prepaid each month, once that is used up there is no more until the next month, there has to be credit left in case of emergency!

  • My number one rule would be never post a picture on social media or send a picture in a text that you would not be happy to be seen by every single person in your school, your teachers and your parents! I also think writing up a set of rules or a contract with your child in relation to the use of their mobile phone is a great idea.

  • Remember my number, so if you need to call me in an emergency you know it off by heart instead of trying to find it in all your friends numbers you have stored in your phonebook

  • My rule would be they need to have a pre-paid plan so they don’t end up spending hundreds or thousands of your dollars!

  • Always ALWAYS be smarter than your smart phone! Don’t be sucked into saing or doing things you wouldn’t say or do in person!

  • This phone is a …”I will only make and receive important calls to parents,” standard phone by school day and then transforming into a fun, smart phone with cool features for a limited time after school under supervision! 🙂

  • It has to be prepaid and in a case,
    I don’t have money to waste!
    No broken screens that way,
    As kids are rough with them during the day.

  • Number one rule is that I get to spend a few days with it first to make sure settings are safe, and I truly understand all of how it works. And no passwords! Too many parents just give their kids a smartphone and have no idea how to monitor or work it.

  • As your mum and for your safety I have full access to your phone. So be smart and disconnect the Internet!

  • Set a good example and teach your children that mobile phones are useful for communication but they aren’t toys. Keep facebook and games for the computer and make sure your children know phones should be used for contacting people by calls or text message. Encourage fun family activities that take place in the real world, not on a screen 🙂

  • Be careful when taking photos and who you are sharing them with, one photo can go to one person and then to thousands more.

  • In our home the internet can only be accessed through our shared family computer. Keep mobile phones disconnected from the net and remind your kids that mobile phones are a privilege, they cost money to use and should be taken care of.

  • make sure you have prepaid so you can control the spending and your kids know their limitations

  • No internet access, no game playing till after home work is done nor at the dinner table.

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