If your teen is costing you a fortune in broken phones, a Blackview BV8000 Pro or Active Rugged Smartphone is the complete solution...
The Best Rugged Phones for teens
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We all know how how rough kids and teens can be on phones. An ordinary smartphone from the big telcos with enough features to avoid embarrassment in the schoolyard will set you back $599-$999, but teens break them easily - one who shall remain nameless went through a phone every four months!
For less than $799, choose one of these endurance phones. Both the Active and Blackview models are ideal for school students, for different reasons. Kids spend huge amounts of time 'on screen', with the potential for causing excessive eye damage by the time they are 30. Both models offer "night mode" to reduce harsh glare. The Blackview has the extra protection of a Blue Light filter that reduces dangerous blue light emissions. You are protecting your child's eyesight.
In the unlikely event that your child succeeds in smashing a Blackview it is easy and much cheaper to repair than a big brand telco phone.
The Active appeals to teens because it looks like a slim phone not a rugged phone, but it is tough. It is ideal for city kids as an urban rugged phone.
Both the Blackview and the Active have more RAM (6GB) than a $1400 Galaxy S9 (4GB) - and double or triple the amount of RAM and storage they'd get for their money from an ordinary big telco phone.
If you only want a basic dumbphone for your child, the AGM M1 works on 2Degrees and Vodafone for calls and texts.
Blackview BV6000S IP68 Smartphone – Android 7.0, 4G, Dual SIM, NFC, Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM (Black)
Blackview BV8000 Pro 64GB Android Phone with 2yr screen warranty* – IP68, Face Recognition, dual sim, Android 7, Octa-Core, 6GB RAM, 1080p, 2.6GHz upgrade, 16MP Samsung Cam (Gray)$769.00 Select options
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Fully compatible with NZ and AU networks: we've done the homework to source precisely the right model variants so you don't end up with an expensive brick that doesn't work here. All models carry a 12 month NZ warranty. A must have for: Tradies, farmers, Hunters, Trampers, Search, Rescue & Emergency personnel, skiers, boaties, bushwalkers, and you
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MEIIGOO Note 8 Android Smartphone – 5.99 Inch Screen, Android 7, Octa Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, Dual SIM 4G, Dual Sony Rear Camera (Blue)
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It's not something we shout about, but we've been in the mobile phone business for a very long time. Investigate's smartphone division is run by Ian and Heidi Wishart; Heidi's background in telecommunications for Bellsouth Mobile and Clear, and Ian's connection to the establishment of NZ's first mobile phone network (Telecom 025) proved invaluable when the couple began operating a Vodafone affiliate in 1999. Since then we've sold a wide range of phones and tablets to clients all over NZ. Today, we specialise in providing handsets that work on ALL the networks - Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees, giving you options you can't get from the telcos' own stores. All phones come with a 12 month genuine NZ service warranty (not a 'we'll send it to China and call you in three months' warranty), and our prices include GST for tax deductibility for business use.
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