I bought this for our 9 yr old son. We had declined when he 1st asked, but as he's begun to stay home for short bursts while we go the store etc etc.... it seemed a good alternative to a contract phone, or home line. I turned it on , and registered it at home prior to Christmas. The only issue we had was having to redo that start up, when we gifted it in St Louis.
I honestly thought it would have a catch, but not the case so far. Does it have Verizon like service no, but neither does it have a Verizon like bill. I would recommend this to anyone who does not have a lot of use, or a similar situation to ours. I would give a 5, but there's just little thing that detract (not worth typing).