Originally Posted by blackdog709
Interested in why you think if she's not old enough for a cell phone, that she's old enough for gps/wifi/email/full internet device? Not only is there much more complication in google voice as opposed to a simple cell phone but there's more risk for young kids with internet access etc.
BTW, I have not actually used google voice...it looks too complicated for me! I use a simple dumb cell phone.
Good points. I really just want her to demonstrate she can be responsible with such a device (keep charged, not lose, not be a distraction in school, etc) before I jump into a cell contract/purchase. With google voice, I can monitor call traffic/messages/contacts giving me a tad more control over cellular options. I believe I can even record the calls.
I plan on removing email and internet initially. Buying a reloadable visa card to put her allowance on. She can use that to purchase games/kids apps in the market. Not a whole lot I can control on market content (unless someone knows a way to limit access to kids stuff??) so Ill just have to pick the thing up and look it over every so often.
Opened the box today and started the google voice setup. Using Groove IP for a dialer/control. Works pretty well. Call quality is meh and theres a bit of a lag on dialer but certainly passable for this endeavor.