More parents are keeping their kids on the family phone plan

  • Article by: Kevyn BUrger , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 12, 2013 - 2:11 PM

More parents seek to help their young adult children get a good foothold on independence by keeping them on the family plan.

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mje990Jul. 5, 13 5:25 PM

"Young adult children" says it all. Cut the apron strings mom and dad. Let them become independent adults.

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jarlmnJul. 5, 13 5:49 PM

Balderdash! All that these cell phone plans are is an umbilical cord to helicopter parents. That one's "childhood" is now extended well into one's 20's is beyond foolish.

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soyoudontsayJul. 5, 13 6:15 PM

Our children pay their data plan. Health insurance, phone plans ... if you can save money ... do it ! Have the adult children pay the equivalent and put the "savings" into a 401 plan. Again, why spend more than you need to.

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bother12425Jul. 5, 1310:40 PM

Help their young adult children get a good foothold on independence by keeping them on the family phone plan, health insurance plan, health club plan, internet plan and then wonder what went wrong when are "still living in the basement until they are 35 plan".

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SammyBoyJul. 6, 1312:51 AM

The last couple of paragraphs of the article says it all: It's a matter of money. My parents, brother, my wife, and myself all share a family plan. Five people, five lines. Go our separate ways and the costs increase quite a bit. Move into one of the new sharing plans, and costs go down even more, though data caps become a possible issue. Additionally, our carrier doesn't attach upgrades to individual lines, meaning unforeseen circumstances that cause a phone to break or need to upgrade, there is likely one on the account. So rather than how the first four commentors went off-the-cuff about helicopter parents and other grow-the-heck-up tangents, the reality is that it's about cost savings for all parties. Being an adult certainly doesn't mean frittering money away on assertions of "cutting the apron strings" by paying more for the same service. In fact, one might say it's the apex of childishness to assert a need to be on your own when it comes to bills, even if it means forking over more cash for the same services. Talk about irresponsible behavior.

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pitythefoolsJul. 6, 13 9:05 AM

Beware the downside. Every two years it's likely everyone will want a new "free" or cheap phone, which requires signing their plan up for another two years, starting on whatever date you started them on the plan. It's a way for the cell companies to tie you to your plans forever. We've stopped upgrading and have less than a year before we all are outside the two year plans. Then, we'll all sign up for the cheaper of the deals out there, on the same day. Thus every two years we can go shopping for a new, cheaper plan.

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wifelypersonJul. 6, 13 9:31 AM

I had to laugh when I read this. When I became a widow, one of the first things my 20-something-about-to-be-married son did was to move me on to their cell phone plan to help keep _my_ expenses down. See, it works _both_ ways.

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