Bill Lets Parents Cap Kids' Cellphone Bill

Parents will be able to slap a cap on their children's cellular phone bills, according to bill sponsored by MK Meir Sheetrit.

Once a child uses up the monthly budget allocated by his or her parents, the phones will be blocked for outgoing calls to all but emergency numbers, Sheetrit said. They will, however, be able to continue receiving incoming calls.

The relationship between phone providers and consumers makes no sense. Consumers are penalized not just because of their children's use of the phone, but other aspects as well. Israeli consumers pay rates which are among the highest in the industrialized world.

Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, who submitted a similar bill as a Knesset member in the last parliament, described the new draft as a pro-consumer bill of the first order that will benefit the public.