Will and Joe are the most underprivileged 12 year olds on the planets: they do not have cell phones.
“ALL” of their classmates have them. It’s really sad, you should pity them.
Except! We had decided that this Christmas we’d finally cave and stop being so darned mean to our poor, deprived children.
Our wireless plan is a data plan, so any new phones would be $40 per month extra, each. $80 a month?? We are getting a 20% discount off that, but even still: we had no intention of spending an extra $64 per month for the boys to have phones.
But we had this great idea! We’d add them to my Mom’s account! As far as we could figure from the limited information available (have you ever tried to actually get good information from a wireless company’s website? good luck with that…), it seemed that it would only be $10 per month per basic phone.
Um, no. As it turns out, her plan is so old that we couldn’t just add, she’d have to upgrade to a new plan. I bet you can guess the difference between her new plan and the old one.
$80 per month.
And that was just for plain phones with texting. On our plan, they could have smartphones.
But apparently we are still major grinches, because even I cannot justify spending $720 a year for the boys to have phones that they will have a legitimate need for…maybe…once a month?
Sadly, until they start driving, Will and Joe will have to continue borrowing their friends’ phones to call home, and will have to suffer without access to text messaging at all hours of the day and night.
Somehow, I think they’ll manage.