it seemed practical especially if it were for small children. (4 - 12 or so)
with my nanny experience, if i had kids/small kids, i would not want them to be exposed to the temptation unlimited access could bring. not so much the financial liability, but the social one. my opinion is a cell phone is worse since if not monitored closely it could put a child even at more risk just for the simple reason a kid could go just about anywhere in a metro area and as long as they were answering or calling home, some parents would care less. and we know that some parents don't care really at all (like my bro). and i know with phones you can track them with gps anyhow, but not every parent has the time to track on line with gps. metro areas are even worse because with public transportation, a kid could start out on their block, and end up at the port authority (in the NYC area) or for instance, in st. louis, it is a fabulous, nice neighborhood on one block and literally two blocks away is a very "run down" area where a grownup shouldn't go to walking alone even during the day. and this all can put a kid at risk within just 10 minutes.
does anyone recall the provider of this phone and service?