T-Mobile has introduced a new feature called Family Allowances that is sure to put a smile of the faces of parents nationwide. With this new plan it seems T-Mobile is determined to help parents promote the responsible use of cell phones.
The new Family Allowances plan will allow parents to control how and when their children, or other family members use their cell phones, in other words it will take away virtually all the worry of overages, and in the case of unlimited options it can also keep that constant talker or texter from always being on the phone.
So far, it sounds great, with the Family Allowances plan parents will be able to set limits for minutes, messages and downloads all through an “simple” online tool. With the plan they will be able to set limits that determine how many minutes are able to be used, and even what times of day a phone can be used. They can also block specific numbers from being called or from calling. Sounds like a good way to keep your teenager from speaking with those that may be a bad influence.
On the flip side parents can also authorize an Always Allowed number that will, well simply put, always work, even if the child has reached their limit. This will assure that the parents will never be out of reach, or more important it will take away the child’s excuse of not being able to call home for any reason.
And for those that may be worrying or wondering about unlimited features or myFaves calling options, those will also continue to work, similar to the Always Allowed numbers, however parents do have the option to restrict those as well.
The Family Allowances plan will be an extra $2 per month (introductory rate) and parents will be able to manage every line on their Family Plan. Although no specific date was announced it was noted as being available within “the coming weeks.”
In addition to the Family Allowances plan, T-Mobile has also launched another new feature called Web Guard. This is a free service and allows parents to keep their young children away from adult oriented web sites. For more information on either the Family Allowances or Web Guard, check out T-Mobile