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How to Give a Phone as a Gift this Holiday Season

In our connected world, it’s not surprising that so many of us are tech lovers. Smart phones have allowed us to stream entertainment, connect with loved ones, play videogames, and accomplish more at work. The hottest phones are often some of the most beloved and popular products in the world. With the holiday season now in full swing, it makes sense that so many people want to get a new phone for someone special.

While gifting a phone is likely to be a huge hit this holiday season, you might also have a few questions. For example, how do you set up service for someone else? And how do you choose the right plan?

Here’s a guide on how to gift devices to make things easier.

Buy a new phone and add it to your family plan

Most people save the best holiday gifts for their families, so it makes sense that you might be considering buying a phone for a family member. Luckily, this a simple process, especially if you are adding them to an existing family plan.

In this scenario, the wireless service will work the same way it does for your own device, and with many phone plans, your cost per line will actually go down as you add more lines to your account.

Hand down a used device to a family member

Giving your child a cell phone can be a big decision. Some parents decide to wait until a certain age before they allow their child to have a phone. AT&T helps by providing options for parental controls and security protections, like the AT&T Secure Family App.

One practical option for a first phone is to hand down your own phone as a gift. This can be a great option for kids, who may be more likely to damage or lose a new device. It also provides an opportunity for you or your spouse to upgrade your current device.

Consider bring your own device (BYOD) options

Of course, not everyone you buy gifts for will be on your plan, so it might not be as simple as picking up a new device and adding a line with your current carrier. To solve this problem, one option is to buy the device, and then help your loved one activate it with their carrier using a bring your own device program.

In a scenario like this, you can buy an eligible device from nearly any retailer, then your loved one can activate it later.

After reading through the tips in this article, hopefully now you can see that buying a phone as a gift is not nearly as complicated as you might have expected. It’s a great option for people looking to make this holiday season extra special. And don’t forget to look out for great Black Friday phone deals that might make gifting a phone even easier.


This article was written by Matt Johnsen, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are his own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.

 

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