Disbanding the family plan
September 6, 2013 6:54 PM Subscribe
My mom, my brother and I share a cell phone plan. It's not quite working for us any more. What's the best solution for three somewhat different users?
posted by hoyland to technology (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Right now, we have a no contract T-Mobile plan with 750 anytime minutes and unlimited texts that works out to just under $90/month including tax.
Me: 307 minutes last month, 225 texts (I used 710 minutes in July, which was atypical, but happened)
Brother: 453 minutes, 124 texts (about 350 minutes in July)
Mom: 222 minutes (mostly talking to me or my brother), no texts (she probably has three texts every six months)
My brother is buying a condo, which has creating a surge in phone usage and we're quite close to the 750 minutes with nearly three weeks left in the billing cycle. We can upgrade to the unlimited plan for either another $10 or $15 a month plus the extra tax (the T-Mobile website is pretty terrible and I can't tell), but, if we do that, we can't downgrade because our plan no longer exists. My brother and I are contemplating upgrading the plan, having him pay the difference for the next few months and then disbanding the family plan once he moves, but we're indecisive and if we're going to do this with minimal complaining from mom, we need to present a fully formed plan that includes her.
Some criteria are as following:
Me: I really want to keep my phone number (I know porting to Google Voice is an option and would do it if that's what it took), $30 or less, preferably something that would allow me to keep using my unlocked GSM phone until I'm ready to replace it (that's negotiable).
Brother: Wants to use an unlocked GSM phone (not so negotiable), may want a smartphone in the near future, could afford to pay more than $30
Mom: Resistant to change, will probably want to keep phone number and phone (an old Motorola Razr, but I think she bought it off ebay, so it might be unlocked, otherwise T-Mobile), but the big concern is coverage. She lives in Middlebury, VT. T-Mobile works, but it's using the AT&T network. I believe Verizon is known to work. Sprint MVNOs are probably out. I assume she is getting the raw end of the family plan and should be paying less than $30/month.
Suggestions for any of us? How does one disband a family plan anyway? I assume I have to go last because I have the 'primary' line on the account.