November 2, 2020


The classic Kmart phone jail is not new but recently sales of the gadget have been soaring as mums grapple with the after-effects of home-schooling and COVID lockdowns.

It’s often hell to get my kids off devices and after having them at home for months, the reliances on screens have sky-rocketed in our home. So I’m besotted with the Kmart phone jail, which has done wonders in keeping our technology under lock and key.

Go Directly To Device Jail

The Kmart phone jail is literally a mini prison for your tech. It comes with a real lock and key and its main function (as described on the Kmart website) is “to keep your screen time low by locking away your smartphones in this phone jail.”

Mums all over the country are snapping up this cage for only $8 and they’re putting it to some creative uses.

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Bring Back Family Time

This cute little jail is big enough to fit a few mobile phones so you can lock up devices for some quality family time. Just make sure you remember where you put the key.

One mum uses the Kmart phone jail to imprison her kid’s Xbox controllers, to limit their addiction to gaming.

The New Way To Control Gaming

The clever mum posted to Kmart Mums Australia Facebook group saying:

“$8 in the kris kringle section. Love it!
For those wondering; it’s too small to fit a tablet/ipad but easily fits 2 xbox controllers.”

The post has exploded and has received over 1.4K comments, with mums frothing with excitement over the anticipation of a few sacred device-free hours.

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Pic Via: Kmart Mums Australia / Facebook

Lock Up The Hubby!

Many mums are already brainstorming all the ways they could use the Kmart phone jail.

“You need this for the remote control when the TV is off!!,” said one.

“Great elf on the shelf prop, he could be sentenced to 23 days imprisonment…,” suggested another.

“I need this for the chocolate,” added a sweet-toothed mum.

“I’m wondering if I could stuff my husband in there, lol,” giggled one mum.

A teacher was even tempted to buy one for her classroom.

I Need One For The Ipad

Many mums called on Kmart to launch a bigger version.

“It’d be good if they released a bigger one for the iPad haha,” said one more.

Would you find any good use for the Kmart phone jail? Tell us in the comments below.

  • A handy item for many parents!


  • Yes, could definitely find a good use for it.


  • We just use a lockable drawer. This just looks like another plastic gimmick that will wind up as landfill.


  • A cute gimmick that I can see being very popular!


  • No matter what gadgets are created, I know Mum’s on this page will find a creative way to use it and share it with us.


  • I like the idea, but all the kids have a device, so i would have to purchase more then 1.
    As fun as this would be, devices are placed in the lounge room and kids know NOT to touch them. I do like the other comment on using it for the Elf as a jail lol


  • Another junk gimmick. I could just as well find a drawer, cupboard or another place to hide items out of reach as I’m sure most other mums would as well.


  • I LOVE this idea! I’d use it on hubby if I could get away with it!


  • I think it should be easy to break. A desperate phone addict may decide to smash this wee jail on the floor and release the captured phone ;)


  • Nope, my kids (especially my daughter) would have found a way to break her phone outta jail.


  • Haha, love this. I wouldn’t use it now as my son’s an adult but gee, I would have loved it in years gone by.


  • Haha no I wouldn’t buy this! My kids are still little that I can hide the tv remotes


  • Great idea and for parties too – everyone puts their phone in so they can relax and talk to their mates and hosts.


  • This is a great idea! I love the idea of locking up the sweets, might lock my husbands phone up to Lol


  • I really want one of these for my kids!


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