I'm going to be adding another line to my account and was looking at using the local shared minutes. Its $59.99 for 1000 minutes and unlimited Family Group calling, unlimited n/w. But if I add another line that comes out to $79.99.
My question is, is it even worth doing that when I can just get 1000 anytime for $39.99 if I just add another line not sharing minutes?
Also for those who know, I called up VZ CS to ask if I did do the shared minutes if I could have a different area code. The VZ CS told me no. But then I talked to the corporate store and an indirect and they said yes.
Another thing was the VZ CS lady told me that they would do another credit check....why if I'm already a VZ customer?
Really depends. The family shared plan is worth it for parents and their kids need the phone. It works because the kid doenst use that much talk minutes, and when he calls its counts as mobile to mobile. And the parent keeps the 1000 minute intact.
If you want to add a line, its more beneficial to just get serpate lines. For 39.99 for 1000 minutes and 29.99 for the local 300 with 1000 n/w is cheaper. 70 dollars all togther for that better than 60 dollars for only 1000 minutes between two phones. Hence, you pay 10 bux more for an extra 1300 minutes.
AND you still recieve free mobile to mobile on both plans!
Last edited by MikeBuzzsaw; 12-07-2003 at 12:12 AM.
Family shares come in handy if you have the unlimited M2M option, want to add another line to establish presence in an area ie. local number as you can permenently call forward into one line, and if the "family members" use fewer than 100 minutes a month or occasional use to numbers other than those in the family group. Otherwise, for the extra ten dollars a month, you get more minutes, more M2M and LD on some plans
Sorry for leaving out a few sentences, Sonoma County Zinfandel can cause strange things to happen. To be more clear, the costs of adding a line to a family plan is $20. If you are adding to a local digital plan than chances are that LD charges are not included and to add free LD to that type of plan is an additional $5. So given that in some situations you are only saving $5.00 a month over an individual plan. If a good proportion of your M2M is to family members sharing the plan, then there can be some advantages to that type of plan. My example is a situation that I use where I have a number in one part of the state that is local to that area and call forward it to another number where I reside. Those minutes would be deducted from an unlimited pool if your family plan includes unlimited m2m among members. If you set up a family share plan here are a few tips...1) Try to get them to include 1000 M2M for each line and not just the primary line, there is even a promo code that will give the primary line 1500 M2M and the second and third line 1000 M2M. 2) If you are adding to a Local Digital Plan, see about having them give you Free LD at no additional charge 3) Add to or change your plan on the first day of your billing cycle otherwise your minutes are prorated and you could incur a hefty charge in overuse minutes for that partial month.
In short, it depends on how much the second phone is going to be used to make other than mobile-to-mobile calls. If the second phone's usage is less than 100 minutes a month, than it probably makes sense to add it as a share phone. If the usage is higher than that, a separate line generally makes more sense as for a few dollars more, you are getting many more minutes to use.
Since each person's usage is different, it is difficult to generalize. You could create a spreadsheet based on your usage and find the plan with the lowest cost per minute, or ask cs to run the numbers based on your usage.
Area codes aren't as important anymore with plans that include free long distance and national mobile to mobile mins. Hence we add my mother to our AC family plan. She as a Calif. area code but lives in Nevada. Unlimited calling to her phone comes from our unlimited family m-t-m mins.