Soon you’ll be able to set up wireless hotspots in utero and embed mobile phones directly into the ear canal at birth. In the meantime, however, there’s the MYMO mobile phone, made especially for children between the ages of 4 and 8.
The bright coloured plastic mobile has been designed to appeal to children and, with just 3 buttons controlling all the functions, it should be easy enough for adults to work out how to use it before handing it over to their far more tech-savvy offspring.
The headset also doubles up as a necklace, so kids don’t have to carry it around in a bag. Because it only works with a pay as you go SIM, parents don’t have to worry about phone bills. Plus, the phone can only hold 5 pre-programmed numbers, so kids will be limited in who they can call. Loc8tion services mean you can locate the MYMO (and the child) wherever they happen to be.
The phone costs £60 with an O2 SIM card.