Some may call it an argument, but I prefer to think of it as a spirited mother-daughter discussion. Number One is all "I really need a cell phone. I really think it's time." And I'm all like "I'm still thinking about it". She's all "what's there to think about? I'll be responsible! Everyone else has one!" And I'm like "GO CLEAN YOUR ROOM!" (because I throw that in whenever possible) and "mom knows best!" See - very mature, calm, uhmm...debate.
Kids have no concept of how much things cost! In researching various cell phone options, I've learned a lot. One, the hubs and I are paying WAY too much for our current cell phone service! I couldn't believe it when I looked into Straight Talk, and discovered that we could cut our cell phone bill more than half! Of course, we weren't smart, and are currently tied to a contract, but with Straight Talk there is no contract, no surprise billing charges, no credit checks (if that should be a concern) and they have great nationwide coverage. Also, they provide phones from the same reputable companies that we currently use, such as Samsung, Nokia, LG and more. They have everything you need for way less money.
Straight Talk offers monthly plans to fit all your cell phone needs, including Unlimited Monthly Service for $45, which includes calls, text, web, and picture imaging. There is an "All You Need" plan that includes 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 30 MB of web data. I'm not sure even my tween would need more than 1000 texts! What is it with kids anyway? It used to be that you would call a friend at every opportunity...but now, it's text text text. My child will send me messages on the computer from another part of the house! Unlimited texting is probably a must! They actually provide a plan that allows for unlimited calls, text, picture imaging and web for an entire year, for $499. Now, that sounds like a lot at first, but I know for us, we spend that on our current cell phone plan in just a few months. I don't know about you, but I'm sold - hook, line and sinker. We definitely need to switch when our contract is up.
Check out this commercial - I kind of feel like this guy, knowing how much we can save!
I don't have the need for international calling, but there is also Straight Talk International Long Distance Service, which is a flexible prepaid calling service that allows you to call internationally from your home, office or cell.
Furthermore, the phones are affordable, some low as $10, and you can get all the "bells and whistles" if interested. I have to admit, I'm pretty attached to my smart phone, and glad to know I wouldn't have to give that up! If you want to hear some actual Straight Talk customer testimonials, check this YouTube video out...
Now, I have to go text someone. And clean my room.