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Jun. 6th, 2004 | 12:12 am

I've been missing my girlfriend while she's in London. Though once she worked out how to call, we've been talking for long blocks of time.

Though because of this I'm now wondering if I should try giving her a cell phone.

The motivation is that since I switched from Cingular where I'd built up a large queue of unused minutes, I've only had my current plan for 9 days and I've used nearly half of my minutes, I should either up my minutes or find some other way of making talking to her cheaper. (Though part of this is because she's in London and thus calling me during the daytime instead of the when we usually talk late in the evening).

The interesting idea is upgrading to a t mobile family plan which includes unlimited mobile to mobile minutes, which since she's the one I'm talking to the most would make chatting cheaper.

Of course anything involving a cell phone requires a one year contract, and since she's still a relatively poor student a cell phone is an unnecessary luxury for her. (Also since she does like to talk it was an expensive unnecessary luxury).

I do wish that she had a cell phone, as it makes a number of types of planing much easier, it could also make talking to her cheaper, but for this to happen I'd probably have to carry the contract.

I've been seeing her for 107 days (thanks LJ and ipython) and we're getting better at dealing with each other, so it seems like it could continue for an arbitrary period of time into the future, which means it might not be a completely dumb idea to carry the contract. But still it is an actual commitment.

What would others do? Would you think about carrying a cell phone contract for someone you've been dating for a while?

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
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It seems like a pretty big deal to me. Also not sure from context if you've talked to her about it, or if you're just thinking about giving it to her as a gift... It seems to me like it'd be wise to discuss it beforehand.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
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We've already talked about it some, though not in much detail and we certainly haven't talked much about how to divy up paying for it.

Though in talking about it with her, she'd talked about being happy to be free of the cell phone, but I learned a big part of it was because she liked talking on it a lot. (Though other people abused it by constantly calling here).

If my assumption that you can change your plan around a little in the first 30 days is right, I'd need to figure out how best to allocate this.

Also it might be moot once she returns as we're more likely to talk after the 9pm cut off for nights.

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Dilinger

What a novel idea!!!

from: dilinger
date: Jun. 7th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
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She wants our support on IF it is a good idea. She is in a relationship looking with rose colored glasses and wants an outside unbaised well reasoned for and against.


Or not. I don't really know her. I know most of my friends have gotten burned in one way or another. Mostly with no caps. One person is reasonable the other persons uses up 1000 minutes on a 500 mintue plan and low and behold someone owes 500+ dollars. Go figure huh!

If you do get the phone make sure you know what the cost are and that you have limits placed on the phone. Once it is out of your site she gets to do what she wants and your responsible. Which could be bad if the relationship does go short for any particular reason.
I hope it doesn't it seems like it is going well. (baring the distance thing) When does she come back?

(I'm also a little confused how poor student gets to fly off and hang in London)


Dilinger
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