T-Mobile is aiming to grab a share of the growing market for parental controls on cell phones. The carrier said today it will launch kidConnect, a new service plan that will ensure a kid's cell phone bill won't exceed $19.99 per month. A kidConnect plan will offer unlimited calling between a parent and a child, unlimited nationwide weekend calling, and 50 nationwide anytime minutes per month. In addition to going toward making calls, the value of the 50 anytime minutes can be used toward text messages, instant messages, and multimedia messages. Free 911 calls are included as well.
After the 50 minutes are used, plans can be topped off with a refill card. Refill minutes don't expire and can be carried over to a new month. Also, a WAP interface will prevent kidConnect from downloading extra services.