daily_rant (daily_rant) wrote in youwantwhat,

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Cell phones GAH!

Hubby just called to screech about the cell phone minutes. A little background:

S1 (17)has a girlfriend that moved up to San Antonio last month. Since then, he has proceeded to eat all of our day minutes AND take a chunk out of our rollover minutes. The other FIVE...yes FIVE of us do not use that many minutes combined. Now when our phones blew last week due to a lightning strike, we were already over on the day minutes thanks to S1.

Anyhoo, hubby got S1 a Verizon because our Cingular does not work in the area of PA where S1's college is located. Supposedly the GF was also getting a Verizon plan so they could talk their fool heads off. Hubby checks on line today and S1 has already used up 392 day minutes in less than two weeks. GAH! He tried to explain to the lad that for what you can get hit in overage fees, you could buy a forkin' airline ticket and visit in person.

S1 just left a few minutes ago to drive up to see GF for the weekend, the last before he leaves for school. He has been told to get her straightened out on the cell phone rules here. sigh. If she would also get the same plan, then they would be sharing the burden here. He already does all the driving back and forth.

Is that so unreasonable? I am not, as I have been accused, trying to break them up or keep them apart. I am just not going to pay out the ying yang so S1 can moon on the phone all day. I do hope that when he gets out to school that he will not shun all the wonderful opportunities in favor of sitting on the IM or cell phone. *fume*
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I had a bit of that with Brain, and the threat that he would either pay it or lose seemed to get him in line. But then, he is the kind of person who doesn't ever like to be in trouble with us, so there is that too. I hate cell phones. Paying by the minute to talk just seems wrong to me. Like it costs them by the minute. Whatever. Yank it til he goes, then get him the plan with the phone card minutes. Now, see, I give this advice but would never do it myself because I am a wuss and a weenie.
And then there was the time he was in Japan and called his girlfriend to the tune of $450 on our phone bill. Yeah, women are trouble.
Hubby has threatened to take the phone and put him on the phone card until she gets Verizon like she said. And if she never does, then he won't be having the phone for a while.

Last month's overage would have been about 250.00 if not for the rollover. This month he had 413 prorated and used 392 in two weeks time.

Thing is, he has unlimited night and weekly, but that doesn't seem good enough. We don't want to stay on the more expensive plan for just him. I pointed out to hubby that he will max out whatever minutes he gets.
Hows about S1's consequence being that he is going to have to purchase his own phone and maintain the minutes if he does this on the next billing cycle? Maybe when it is actually his nickle he'll remember?
Unfortunately not so. He'd drain his account if that girl asked him to. He'd take every cent he had and use it.

I'm more worried that when she gets her new life up and rolling she will (as would be expected) need less of him and his cell minutes. By then, everyone else at college will have pegged him as that doofus that sits on the phone all day.....
They are ALL doofuses that sit on the phone all day, he'll fit right in, unfortunately.
*snerk* Just not on my phone bill thank you kindly.
Ya play...er...talk, ya pay. However, I'm sure my kid could not live on our 500 daytime minutes if he was not in the same vivinity as his girl. I don't envy you, that's for sure!
Supposedly she will soon be on Verizon, then it won't matter! Until then.....*fume* we'll have tug of war over the minutes.