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Phone for the Tween

September 21st, 2014 at 08:13 am

Fiscal Minutiae:

Payday was this past week.

Paid off Citi card (charged up for one-time bonus). Redeemed $200 cash; should receive it next week.

Paid a life insurance bill and transferred monthly (set) amount into savings.

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Dh bought a phone for the kids for their birthday. It was an exceptional deal. It is not compatible with Ting, but the kids do use my old phone for games that they can not get elsewhere. With this phone purchase, they don't have to share the *one phone* so much.

Dh told me he had an eye on some other phone and won't be able to resist next time it goes on sale. This phone would be compatible with Ting. I expressed my displeasure (he's got a PHONE obsession!). My displeasure is because we have plenty of phones (3 already for the kids) and lord knows one of us may be ready for an upgrade before the kids ever need a true cell phone (which will add another hand-me-down to the pile). BUT... I will say this. BM has been using his new phone *a lot* for school. There is some app for video calling that they are using for group projects and so on. The nice thing is the phone will always ring if someone is trying to reach him; no need to leave the computer on and the program up and open (like we do for skype).

The phone is like $50. I have expressed my feelings, but will probably just have to let it go. If we do get that phone then my old phone will have to go. I think dh will agree. (Not sure if we can get anything for it, but at least we can reduce the phone clutter!)

The latest on the phone front? Dh installed the Hangouts Dialer on our cell phones so that we can make phone calls without using minutes. We were testing that out a bit last night and I am sure it will save us a few dollars here and there.

Dh was also toying with the idea of getting a google voice phone #. We decided to put it on the kids' cell phone and make BM the guniea pig, for now. As long as he has a wifi connection he can now make phone calls and send and receive texts. There is also a voice mail feature.

I think this is good middle ground because BM has absolutely no need for a true cell phone right now. It gives him some of the perks, but it's FREE.

We've been bumping up to the next tier on cell phone minutes some months when we travel more. This voice dialer app will keep us from doing that any more. The google voice will also move some of the minutes off of our home phone. (We do pay for minutes on home phone if we go over the base amount). It's not a huge savings, just a few dollars here and there. Every little bit helps!

5 Responses to “Phone for the Tween”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Tell me more about this Hangouts app? Is it video or just call based?

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    It's just call based.

    The one my son has been using for school is oovoo - that one is video chat which can also be used for voice dialing.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    So my dh *just* sends me a video call on Google Hangouts. What do I know? I guess you just need the Hangouts app to make video calls.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    He was trying it out because my skype isn't working and I will be out of town in a couple of weeks. Just funny that was right after I replied to you FT. HA!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is funny Smile

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