As you may know, even Apple has admitted they need to take steps to make iPhones less addictive. Children and Teens are sitting ducks for an internet addict maker formula smart phone + (Games, Apps, Social Media). Sadly, our family therapist told me that my Teen daughter is exhibiting all the symptoms of an internet addiction. I now believe my wife and I made a mistake giving her an iPhone at 14. She’s now 16 ½. While we did lay down ground rules at the very beginning and implemented what parental controls were available, she thought we were lame – “other kids parents don’t have these awful rules like you can’t keep you phone in your bedroom at night!” Anyway, her iPhone is her primary device of choice. So… Ideally I’d like to replace it with a basic feature phone that only has voice and sms texting. Alas! I’ve found that’s just about impossible to find. So now I’m settling for a basic feature phone that is LTE/Data capable but has NOT WiFi and will work on the Verizon carrier network. I plan to use Verizon Family Base ($5/Month) to block data plan, but I need to insure she can’t connect the phone to WiFi at starbucks or wherever because even on those tiny screen basic phones with subpar web browsers, she’ll try to feed her addiction. Unfortunately Verizon doesn’t sell such a phone. All their basic phones have LTE/Data + WiFi!
Does anyone reading this know of a 4G LTE (can’t be 2G or 3G) basic feature phone that does NOT have WiFi and will work on Verizon’s CMDA network protocol? Thanks!
P.S. - Last night I reviewed all the Verizon basic phones with one of the support techs. He confirmed that all their models indeed do have WiFi even though their website specs make no mention of it. I triple confirmed this using this site: https://www.phonearena.com
So really, Verizon doesn't have any answers, they were very apologetic and understanding, but they couldn't help me.
P.S.S. - Have been using restrictions from the very beginning. I turned off the Safari app launcher icon. But she figured out how to use other apps like Apple Maps to launch Safari so she can surf to twitter. I've been playing "whack a mole" deleting apps like this when I figure out which ones use Safari under the covers. But that's been difficult to lock down. It's just time to go for simple, basic feature phone.