D.T. asks from Garland, TX on April 03, 2007
Cell Phone Package
I'm looking for a plan for my daughter and myself that is not too expensive or restricting. I'd love to hear from other moms who have found the best deal out there. We have waited a long time because having a cell phone is not a luxury that we could afford. Now, with the 15 year old out and about by herself more often, we have decided it is a necessity.
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Thanks for all the input! I really appreciate you all taking the time to read and answer my request. I'm not sure which one I'll go with, but at least, I'm more informed than I was before. This is deefinitely a great service! Thanks!
A.W. answers from Dallas on April 04, 2007
I have metro pcs with unlimited minutes & i would get it for my 13 year old, too. She has a plan that her dad pays for right now...but if it was ever my dime, I'd put her with metro pcs, too. She is constantly costing my ex-husband hundreds of dollars because she goes over her minutes or download too many songs or games. With metro pcs, you pay them a certain amount to be put into a special account that will be used only for downloads. Once the money (I'd recommend $20 or so) is gone, no more downloads. It really helps to alleviate headaches! Good luck!
J.W. answers from Dallas on September 18, 2007
another thought -- decide what you will do about the texting charges -- pay the unlimited up front or per text?
A.C. answers from Dallas on September 26, 2008
Our family uses T-Mobile. My husband checked them out and they had the cheapest plan. We have 4 lines and added texting to our teenager's phone.
Occasionally we experience dropped calls, and some areas we don't get reception inside a house (have to go outside to make a call while visiting grandmother or my sister in Colorado), but it's not too inconvenient because we only visit them for a short time.
keep us posted about what you choose and why!
A.T. answers from Little Rock on April 03, 2007
I havent had any problems with my Metro PCS service and it is unlimited minutes which became a must with teens. My mom had $100's of dollars of overages until she got it for my 16 year old sister.
A.S. answers from Dallas on April 03, 2007
My husband and I have been with Cingular for years. It is free to call anyone with a Cingular phone, which all of our friends and family do. Plus they have roll over minutes, what minutes you do not use from that month roll over to the next month. But, there are a lot of packages and plans out there.
G.W. answers from Auburn on April 03, 2007
I have a T-Mobile plan that uses the 5 FAVS. The 5 numbers you call the most are unlimited, they don't count against your regular minutes. So even though I have 600 minutes a month, I don't used nearly that many because the five numbers I use the most are "free". My 600 minutes a month is 49.99 or you can get 300 for 39.99. We've even cut off our land line, we thought it was wasteful to have both - has worked out great so far.
J.W. answers from Dallas on April 04, 2007
My husband and I too have t-mobile. While I have found that they have been the cheapest whe have decided they are "the network with the most dropped calls" We have 1000 anytime minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile and our bill is 64 and change a month. This month will be the first time that we have gone over but it was because our home phone was out and I was on the cell phone FOREVER to get it fixed. Vonage SUCKS!
D.W. answers from Dallas on April 03, 2007
We do the Sprint Family Plan. We can talk to each other-or any other Sprint customers- free at any time. Plus our nights start at 7 PM. You get the 2 lines for $60/ month. I have had Sprint for almost 10 years, and had great coverage and customer service.
K.D. answers from Dallas on April 03, 2007
I recently moved here and my husband and I purchased Metro PCS phones, do NOT use them. The service is terrible.
The best service provider that I have found is Cingular, their prices are very reasonable, and they have a huge calling network, so alot of your calls are free. You may get your daughter to check around and see who all of her friends are with, that way she will not run up the bill. Overall, cingular is my top pick.