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Do Your Parents Pay Your Phone Bill?

Reader Redux: Do Your Parents Pay Your Phone Bill?

When a friend (who is gainfully employed) confessed that her parents still pay her phne bill, I was shocked! She had been on a family plan for years, and just hadn't bothered to leave the plan. When I asked if your parents still paid your phone bill, you had some seriously strong (and some shocking) reactions. But about 40 percent of you have parents who still pay your phone bill. Here, what you had to say:

  • "I got my phone when I was sixteen — the condition for me getting a cell phone was that I had to be able to pay for it. I've always paid for my own bill and any new phones I've wanted." — clairestrose
  • "Actually my mom is on my husband and my family plan. She only pays us every once in a while. My younger sister used to be on our plan too." — reboehme
  • "I have trouble taking employed people who have their parents pay their bills seriously. " — joliz
  • "My mom has always paid my phone bill. I'm in college right now and it helps out. " — ManiMartinixo
  • "In college my parents paid for the cell and even for a year or two after while I got on my feet joining the real world but once my job started paying decent I paid my own bill. But when my parents paid my bills if I wanted the fancy phone I had to pay for it on my own. Now, the plan is in my mom's name because of her county discount but I pay the bill every month." — Anonymous
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skigurl skigurl 5 years
agree, juicebox...up until last fall, i was paying my parents my portion of the bill (it changed all the time due to long distance and whatnot and they would tell me exactly how much it was (be it $75 or $120), and i'd pay them via internet banking!) welcome to adulthood!
trinalina trinalina 5 years
My mom paid for my prepaid phone in high school, then once I graduated high school I started paying for my own phone bill and was on my own plan alone. Than I switched phone companies and now my mom is on my plan so I pay for both, but it evens out with other stuff in the end.
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
#2 - You can still be on a family plan and pay your part of the bill. My mom and I are on the family plan together, but I give her the $55 a month for my part of the bill. Sounds good that it's only $10 to have you on the plan. As I just mentioned, it's $50 for me (but about $55 with tax). It would cost me the same if I were on my own plan, but I stay on my mom's because it's just easier for me to give her the money.
Tabloid Tabloid 5 years
I don't see anything wrong if you're still in school and you have financial problem. Parents are the only one to help you out in this situation. But if you have a career and your parents pay your phone bill, that's an other story... My mum's still paying my phone bills and bus card. So what?
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 5 years
I don't really see anything wrong with staying on a family plan, as long as your parents or whoever is paying the bill don't mind doing it. A lot of times its cheaper to be on the family plan than to have your own plan. I've been out of school for about a year (just started a job a few months ago) and my dad said it only cost him around 10 bucks to keep me on the plan so he'll keep me on it. If I ever need to buy a more expensive data plan or something I would definitely reimburse him for it though!
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 5 years
I think it's ok when you are in school and that but not when you're a grown up and have job. That's abuse. We are supposed to help our parents out not taken stuff from them when they get older.
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