My college-age daughter currently pays about $52/month including tax and fees for a T-mobile plan with text-messaging. My son who just started college has been using a T-mobile To Go plan but says he wants to convert to a monthly plan since he's going through the 1000 minutes he purchases at a time so quickly. He's thinking of getting on a family plan with my daughter.
Pay as you go! There is some cell phone options that have pay as you go minutes. You buy a card for X amount of minutes for a certain price. Usually you can find these at Wall Mart or other department stores.
If you have Alltel in your area (which I think you probably do); they have the mobile-to-mobile plan which means that you can call anyone in the Alltel system with no minutes charged to your plan. Around here, over half of the population uses Alltel. We have four people on our 1,000-minute plan and we never use all our minutes. One of our sons has text messaging and our bill is still not over $120. The $20 is for the unlimited text-messaging. So with the 10 free numbers and everyone else in Alltel - we do pretty good. Have him check to see who most of his friends is with and go with that company if they have free mobile to mobile.
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Don't know if it's available where you are, but I am with MetroPCS and it's fantastic. There is no contract, it has unlimited minutes- local and long distance, unlimited texting and other features available. I am paying about $50 after the taxes and fees and I love my service. They have a few different plans, all with unlimited calling, based on what extra features you want. Definately worth looking into if it's available. They also have a couple of family plans available- there's one where you can add a phone for $35 a month or another which is 4 phones for $100 a month.
Like I said tho- only works if they have it in your area. Another concern- they don't travel well. Works for me since I rarely leave my city let alone my state, but perhaps a concern for anyone who travels regularly.
Two of my sons and their wives have Verizon. they can talk to each other without using up their allowance for minutes which is substantial.
Maybe you can use his phone while he is gone so you won't feel like you are paying for nothing. Then when he gets back you can get your own phone.
We use Verizon and have 4 phones on a family plan with 1400 min I think. We pay abt $140/mo but one phone has texting which is a little more.
You can also talk to anyone that is on a verizon plan without using up your minutes - and weekends are free to anyone on any plan.
I have the trac phone with the pay as you go plan it is great for us and it only cost sometimes just 3cents per minute for texting which I do not use . How about that plan. To tell you the truth hubby and I both have one
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We like Metro PCS, you can't beat the price (for lots of use or little use, it's cheap & good quality in most areas). Also, you can call almost anywhere & any time you want for 1 monthly fee (the phones may cost you a bit more, but there's no contract, & the price is CHEAP)! We love it, especially with 3 adult children (all girls), when they went to high school & on to college (saved a ton).
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