Save Money on Cell Phone Offers: Beware of Family PlansWritten by Syd Johnson
There are many offers for family cell phone plans on web. To get best deals, here are some guidelines: 1.Get enough anytime minutes 2.Keep track of your usage 3.Be aware of costs for extras like text messaging and internet access 4.Have a family policy on whether or not your will these extra services 5.Avoid roaming charges and... 6.Monitor your monthly statements
15 minutes talk time per day Get enough minutes for everyone on your plan. If you have more than three people on same plan, you should avoid 300 and 500 minute plans. Assuming you have free nights and weekends, a 300 minute plan works out to 15 minutes of talk time per day. This is certainly not a good deal, even for two people. Unless you like to pay outrageous per minute fees, get as many minutes as you can afford.
Text Away Teenagers love text messaging. So do cell phone companies since it costs about 10 cents to send out a message and .2 cents to receive one. If you have teenagers, consider a plan that includes unlimited text messaging and internet access. If this is not available you can also get a cell phone that is not internet ready so they canít go online even if they wanted to. The same applies to camera phones, enhanced phones and anything else that can end up costing you at end of month.
Family Policy So you have your incredibly jazzed up, multi-color-camera-MMS phone. Can you exercise restraint? Everyone should agree on what is considered acceptable use for a cell phone, such as keeping in touch when you plan to be late. You should also define unacceptable uses, such as draining minutes without notifying primary account holder so everyone else goes over their limits.
Cell Phone EtiquetteWritten by Syd Johnson
Watch your volume and get reacquainted with your voice mail if you donít want to be a cell phone pest.
Volume The number one complaint against rude cell phone users is that Ďthey are so loud.í There was a time when a phone conversation was a private thing, but cell phones have made our private conversations public. If you find yourself in any public arena, find a quiet or private corner to carry on your cell phone conversation. Also, turn down that ringer. Some people turn it up so loud that they can hear phone ringing from another state. If you are so far out of range that you cannot hear your cell phone ring on medium, or lower, take it with you and you wonít miss your call.
Eye Contact Please The only thing that scares people more than too much attention is being ignored. If you are having dinner, a light lunch or even chatting with friends at home, resist urge to answer every call. If itís not an emergency call, you can return it at end of meal. Pay attention to your guest, or clerk helping your find your books, or your friends. Leave your cell phone out of equation. Your guest will be amazed at your politeness and probably return favor.