Almost two years ago we added The Girl to our cell phone plan and got her a cell phone of her own.
It was for our convenience more than anything else, really. She was involved in sports and church and other things that necessitated calls for chauffeuring service. If she went out with friends, we wanted to be able to find out what the plans were, when she was going to be home, who was going. As she got older and started driving herself it was more of a safety issue. We wanted her to be able to call for help, and we wanted to be able to reach her if she missed curfew to tell her she'd be locked out of the house until morning.
Oh, I kid.
Knowing how people of today like to text message instead of actually TALK, we also added 400 text messages per month to her part of the plan. And she watched her time and her messages faithfully and never went over on either.
Her old phone bit the dust. The hinge broke on it, and it couldn't be repaired. She was due for a new free phone upgrade, so we went ahead and got the new phone. At the same time she asked us to upgrade the texting to unlimited and she promised to pay the additional cost.
She's been faithful to pay, I'll give her that. Sometimes we have to ask more than once, but she knows she has to pay for it and she does. She certainly ought to, because she's certainly getting her money's worth out of it.
She's gone from 400 texts a month to over 4,000. Yes, I said four THOUSAND. And because she doesn't have to watch how many texts she's using, she conveniently forgot to keep an eye on how many minutes she was using.
This past month, on our 700-minutes-per-month plan, including her free minutes, nights and weekends, she racked up 965 minutes. That's NINE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE MINUTES, FOLKS. IN ADDITION TO OVER FOUR THOUSAND TEXT MESSAGES.
So this little bird has just had her wings clipped. And not just trimmed, but shorn.
T-Mobile, our service, has a new Family Allowance service. For $2 a month the person in charge of the account (me) can decide how many minutes anyone else (The Girl) on the account is allowed to use for the month. After those minutes are used up, the only people that can be called are those who are listed by the person in charge of the account (me). And in this case that will be 911, her father, or me.
Let's see how she likes THAT guacamole.