I’m a single mother and my children and I all have cell phones. I just feel more comfortable knowing they can always reach me if they need me for anything.
We’ve had contracts with AT&T and TMobile. Both were close to $200 a month, even with the cheapest plans available. That’s a lot of money in my opinion that I would rather not spend. That amount didn’t even include Internet access; just unlimited calls and text for 3 lines.
I cut my bill for my family in half by changing my plan from a major carrier to using prepaid.
If you’re anything like my family, you probably have a few old cell phones laying around the house? I have everything from LG smart phones, to Pantechs, to an old Samsung. There’s really nothing wrong with any of these phones and I know the prepaid phones can be really hideous. I didn’t want some little TracPhone looking phone, which is what stopped me from having a prepaid phone or even trying one.
I discovered that you can purchase one of the AT&T/Cingular Go Phones for around $30 and it comes with some airtime. It’s my opinion that they aren’t the most attractive phones on the market but after you use the phone for just a little while, you can switch out the card that’s by the battery and use your old phone. Problem solved! You still have the same phone that you loved and a cheaper bill.
If you have a smart phone you don’t want to do this because it costs money every time it updates. That’s a complete waste. You might as well keep the phone plan you had if you’re going to pay for nothing.
Between myself and my children, I literally only spend between $75 to $100 a month on our minutes and texting. We also have a land line at home for emergencies with unlimited long distance and use that when we call relatives who are going to talk for hours. Our cell phones we use for short conversations and texting.
The only real downside to doing this is Internet access. It’s ridiculous to be charged for each use. It can get expensive. Really, it’s just what is important to you as a consumer. I never really used my phone for email and IM’ing. As a single mom, I wanted to know that I could call someone for help if I had a flat and was stranded somewhere or could reach my children in any emergency.
I feel that I made a great choice and am very happy that I switched. Saving money is always a great feeling. If you can cut your bill in half; I say go for it! If you’re stuck in a contract, you may have to wait awhile before you can get out of it but don’t make that mistake again.
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