I wanted my Mom to have one as well. She buses around a lot and she likes working late shifts so she can take care of things in the morning before she goes to work.
My brother... not sure what to do about my brother. See "Usage Analysis" below.
Husband Guy is thinking about a new cell phone plan because Fido sucks. Walk into a restaurant, a mall or under a tree and the phone will go dead.
He may or may not want to be in on this because he's kind of picky about the phone model (he's using a very ancient Nokia right now, so I can understand him wanting a spiffy new thing). My Mom really doesn't care as long as it works. My Dad and I already have our phones.
My parents use cell phones for emergencies only. They'll rack up a grand honking total of maybe 10 minutes each, per month. The cheapest individual plans are usually overkill for them. Husband Guy and I usually put anywhere between 20 to 40 minutes a month on our phones. And I use mine kinda like a pager/cell hybrid. I don't always pick up, I'll just look at the Caller ID and phone people back.
We're not quite sure what to do with my brother yet. He's in Grade 12 and he's getting to an age where he should have something if he needs to call home. But he's also at that age where you're not quite sure what to expect. What do you do with More Sensible Than Most Kids, But Still Capable of Thinking and Doing Dumb Things?
Rogers is waiving activation fees, phone costs and adding some bonus stuff, making it free to call each other, so I priced out a few Family packages. The cheapest one is 100 Weekday/Evening; Unlimited Weekend which is $35 for 2 lines. The next one up is 300 Weekday; Unlimited Evening/Weekend. Each extra line beyond the first two is $20 each. There is also the System Access Fee of $6.95 per line, a 911 Emergency Fee of $0.25 per line, GST is 7% and PST is 7.5%.
This is approximately what we're looking at.
|Base 2 lines||$35.00|
|1 extra line||$20.00|
|Base 2 lines||$60.00|
|3 extra lines||$60.00|
So, it still doesn't look like the Family Plans are that great a deal unless the people you're sharing with don't really use up many minutes and you all squish yourselves into a small plan. We'll see what happens. I still have to talk to The Husband about it. My Dad would be all for it if it will cost less.
Ooo, ooo... so it looks like the Pay-As-You-Go phones are the best for my brother's situation.