As your teenager spends more and more time away from home, regular communication is a must. Don't know where to start? We're here to help.

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of information, especially when it comes to mobile technology and teenagers. Choosing the right plan and the right phone doesn’t have to be difficult. Below, we’ll go over some great options, ranging from prepaid plans and basic phones to finding a plan for your family and choosing the right smartphone for your teen.

Basic phones for more control.

While it can be tempting to jump straight into the world of smartphones, sometimes it’s best to test the waters with something a bit less technical and more sensible. A basic phone is an easy and practical way to introduce your teen to the responsibilities of owning a cell phone. The Alcatel GO FLIP™V has dedicated text and camera buttons as well as a calendar and place to store contacts.

For those first-time cell phone users, the physical keyboard comes in handy-teens frequently use text messaging to communicate, and learning to type on a screen can be a little tough. This is a great phone for quick, check-ins and covers all the bases of your basic communication needs.

Smartphones for tech-savvy teens.

Another smartphone for the technologically advanced teen is the moto g7 play. With it, your teen can take photos like a pro and then upload them to Instagram. This smartphone packs the same punch as the latest smart devices, all in one smaller, more compact package—perfect for slipping into the back pocket of a pair of skinny jeans.

If your teens are constantly on the move between cross-country practice, rehearsal for the school play and a part-time job, you might want to equip them with the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G UW

You can pair this smartphone with the Samsung Chromebook Plus, a lightweight and versatile 2-in-1 device that works using both Wi-Fi and LTE. It features a 360-degree swivel for swapping between laptop and tablet mode, which is great for in-person or virtual learning and easily fits in a bag or backpack.

Finding the right phone plan.

If you’re not willing to share a phone bill with your teen, consider a monthly prepaid plan. Setting up a prepaid plan is simple, economical and practical. It’s also an easy way to set limitations and expectations for how much your teen should use the phone and when. The best part? You can choose from a wide variety of basic phones and smartphones, giving both you and your teen a lot of great options.

There are numerous options available for every budget and lifestyle. It has never been easier to find a phone to suit your-and your teen's-needs.