What Should Go In A Mobile Phone Contract For Your Teens?

What Should Go In A Mobile Phone Contract For Your Teens?

If you’ve got teenage children, they probably want a mobile phone (and they probably want you to pay for it). Before coughing up the money, consider getting them to sign a contract for its use.

Microsoft’s template site for Office includes a model contract which you can easily modify (it does need some Australian localisation to remove the word ‘Mom’ for a start). In the sample “Brendon family contract”, there almost seem to be more reasons to take the phone away than possible times where it could get used, but quite possibly it’s written with the bitter voice of experience. If you’ve tried this approach — successfully or unsuccessfully — tell us what worked in the comments.

Incidentally, if you are planning to download, take note: downloading templates from Microsoft for Office basically doesn’t work with anything other than Internet Explorer, which makes a slight mockery of the company’s argument that it has become more browser-agnostic.

Cell Phone Contract With A Teenager [Office Online]


  • Definitely put them on a pre-paid account and agree on a maximum per month. Too many horror stories about $5000 post-paid mobile bills to risk that 😉

    • I’m only 15 and have almost finished my 24 month post-paid contract with Vodafone. I pay for it with my own money and have never gone over my cap.

      It definitely depends who the child is. As long as they know the cost of each service (especially data) and never sign up to a premium subscription service, they should be just fine.

  • I’m 16 and am on my second post paid mobile. I switched from prepaid to postpaid to save money, as I get more calls and texts for 30 dollars on a post paid phone than i do with 30 dollars on a prepaid. I’ve never gone over the cap, and only rarely use the data. Yes, there are some people (only a few ago) get up to $10,000 bills, in my opinion.. there should be something where the phone stops working and can only receive calls after the user goes over a set limit.

  • I’m 17, and I don’t even own a mobile. Well, I do, but I have no idea where it is, and I’ve never used it. I’m not even sure where I got it.
    But you touched on an interesting point; if attachment to a device has reached the point where the child must sign a behavioural contract in order to own one, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to give it to them in the first place – especially not if they’re likely to use it as a projectile. They ‘physical abuse’ clause is particularly concerning.

    I’m not really sure about the part where the child is forced to attend Church, but that’s just my immoral heathenism shining through.

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