As we hear about fiscal cliffs, gas prices raising and unemployment going up, it seems parents still find room to get their kids the wireless services they crave.
Is it the peer pressure?
AT&T helps to keep the costs down for parents.
Wireless spending tips–being connected without breaking the bank!
Find out how much data you or your children need. The best way to choose a data plan is to have a handle on how much data you need each month. The AT&T Data Calculator helps take some of the guess work out of selecting the right amount of data based on your lifestyle. Simply estimate the extent to which you plan use email, song downloads, video streaming and other activities each month. The Data Calculator will estimate how much data your busy life will require, so you can find the plan that makes the most sense.
Talk to your kids about your wireless plan. Before handing a wireless phone to your children, make sure they’re aware of how many text messages they’re allowed per month. It might help to break it down by day so they can better manage the number of texts they send. Post monthly minute and text budgets in writing in the same place your child charges his or her phone in your home. Seeing a daily reminder can help to keep their phone usage top-of-mind.
Teach your kids to check their usage with services like AT&T’s * Services. With this free service, kids and parents can instantly check remaining minutes, the account balance and the upgrade eligibility of their wireless phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parents can even make payments to avoid late fees. Show your children how to use * Services and remind them to check their usage often.
Use parental control features like those offered on AT&T Smart Limits for WirelessSM and AT&T Wireless Parental Controls. These tools allow parents to set usage limits, block mobile purchases and much more. Once your child reaches a preset monthly usage limit, AT&T Smart Limits for WirelessSM disables purchasing and texting until the next billing cycle begins for just $4.99 per month. That way, if your kids aren’t keen on keeping track of texts, or purchases of apps, songs and games, you can be sure they won’t go over the budget you set. The free Purchase Blocker feature of AT&T Wireless Parental Controls* can also be used to help prevent premium content purchases that are direct-billed to you.
Remember, remind your teens texting and driving kills. Be the role model, set the example. Put your phone away while you are driving. Never text and drive, there is never a text that is worth your life–or your child’s life.
Be an educated parent, you will save money!