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Do Your Parents Pay Your Phone Bill? 2010-04-22 07:30:08

Have Your Parents Ever Paid Your Phone Bill?

I was absolutely shocked when one of my friends told me the other day she got in trouble for going over her monthly text allowance. "Got in trouble from who?" I asked, "Work or something?"

Nope. She got in trouble from her father, who still pays her phone bill! (And yes, she paid the overage charges; about $75 worth — obviously it could have been worse.) My friend is a successful career gal with a great job, but she's been on her family's shared phone plan for years and years — and never bothered switching to her own. Granted, if I were in the same situation, I don't know that I'd be in a huge hurry to pay my own bill. . .but it still surprised me. What about you? Are you one of the fortunate few who's managed to stay on your parents' plan?

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chequettex chequettex 7 years
I've always paid my own phone bill, but that probably has more to do with my age than anything - if I'd have been younger when cell phones got popular I probably would have been on my family's plan, BUT my dad would have made me pay my share of the bill. That's what my younger sister and "young at heart" brother did for the longest time, until they finally got their own plans after years of being on mom & dad's plan. I guess I could have jumped on the bandwagon, but I really value my privacy. My brothers-in-law are on their parents' plan, and they don't have any privacy... their mom (my MIL) will come into their bedroom while they are sleeping and ask them who they called at 3AM. Ha ha!
JessRose JessRose 7 years
OK, that 3rd bar really makes me cringe.
Morokea Morokea 7 years
I've never paid my cell phone bill. I got a phone when I was 15 since I needed to be in constant contact with the parents. Even though I've moved out for school now, I still need to be... And being a full time student and only part time employed (with a job so variable that I get maybe 4 hours a week if any at all), I just can't foot a cell phone bill. But once I graduate and work more, definitely; I wouldn't allow my parents to foot a bill that I could take care of.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
joliz - I agree. To be honest, my boyfriend has a full time job, is no longer in school, and his parents still pay his car insurance. He gives the "if they're going to pay it, why not?" excuse. His parents need to make him pay all his bills. He can't learn responsibility that way. He's going to be 22. He's been driving since he was 16. There is no reason he can't pay his own insurance. It really bothers me, but I guess it's just because I was brought up differently. Jackiie - I, too, started out with a prepaid Tracfone, and then after getting a full time job, I moved up to a serve plan.
Jackiie Jackiie 7 years
I've always payed for my own cell phone bill. My parents would not pay for my phone when I was 16 so I went out and I bought myself a pre paid phone. Later when i started college and had a job I moved to a service plan. Whats really unfair is that my younger siblings got a phone when they were 14-15 and my parents pay for it. One of them has a job now and my parents still pays her bill. ugh!
karyney karyney 7 years
I've always paid for my own cell phone bill, since I got my first phone in 1997 (and was on pre-paid... with PrimeCo!).
joliz joliz 7 years
I have trouble taking employed people who have their parents pay their bills seriously.
candy2007 candy2007 7 years
We are all on one plan so my mom just pays the bill but if she needs help with anything I always give her the money for it.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I pay for my own phone but my mom still pays my auto club membership; it's part of my holiday gifts.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 7 years
My mom has always paid my phone bill. I'm in college right now and it helps out.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
I used to be on a family plan, so when my phone bill was just $10 a month as an added on phone I let my parents pay it.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
My bf is still on his family's T-Mobile plan, but now that he wants an iPhone, I told him to hop on my plan. But no, he's still insisting that he wants his parents to pay for his phone bill. So now they're going to switch from T-Mobile to AT&T...just for him! I told him it makes no sense and that he has a job, but alas, he will always be a mama's boy at heart!
dannysf dannysf 7 years
Many of my 28 year-old employed friends' parents pay their bills. It shocks me.
lemonbars lemonbars 7 years
My parents paid for my phone when I got my first cellphone when I was 15 and paid for it through my first year of college. Between the age of 19-23, I paid for my own phone but last year I got back on their family plan because they had switched to AT&T and I wanted an iPhone (I was with Sprint at the time) and it made sense - it was more cost-effective for us to share a plan (I couldn't afford the iPhone talk+data plan by myself otherwise) - not to mention that my mom is the person I talk to the most so we now we can talk mobile-to-mobile all we want without worrying about overages. However, I do pay them for my portion of the bill every month.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Yes, but I do send money. We are on the family plan, one of those old "grandfather" throwbacks and it's the cheapest option.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Never. I have always had to pay for anything of mine (phone, gas, insurance, car payment, etc.) skigurl - I totally agree. My boyfriend's parents pay for his car insurance. He is about to be 22 years old, he's not in school, and he works full time (making way more than I make). I told him that's absurd, and he needs to start taking more responsibility. You need to know how to pay a bunch of bills and manage your money in the real world. Your parents aren't always going to be there to do it for you. I'm always appauled that his parents willingly pay it. They need to teach him some responsibility.
weffie weffie 7 years
One year my mom got me a new phone for Christmas so they paid for the one-year contract as part of the gift, but before that and since then I've been on my own.
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 7 years
I've had a cell phone for almost 10 years so yeah, my mother paid my bill when I was still a teenager. I have paid my own bill for the past 6 or 7 years now.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
I pay for my parents (and then they pay me back). We are all on a family plan, so I get the bill and then every couple of months I give them their total. I HATE going to the bank, so I try to keep the checks to a minimum.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
My parents are on my account because I get a huge discount on services, but I send them money every month to pay for my phone.
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