Verizon aims to curb cell 'sticker shock'

Aug 08, 2005

Verizon is seeking to eliminate unpleasant surprises on cell-phone bills that can cause parents to think twice before turning the devices over to their kids.

Since teenagers may not grasp the consequences of too much talking or messaging, Verizon is giving parents the ability to monitor their kids' cell-phone use and prevent them from going over their calling-plan limits.

"Knowing the size of their minute and TXT messaging packages, plus using Verizon Wireless' tools for tracking usage, parents can help teens take responsibility and practice managing real world costs," said Verizon's Marni Walden.

Parents can use their teen's cell phone to dial #DATA to hear details of the costs of text-message plans, or #BAL to monitor the number of minutes used and still available.

In addition, Verizon offers flat-rate calling plans that may be a better deal than pay-as-you-go fees for particularly loquacious teens.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International. All rights reserved.

Explore further: Drone postal deliveries begin in Switzerland

Related Stories

Wireless, cable companies can't rest on their networks

Apr 17, 2013

Think of your car as a smartphone on four wheels. Or your smartphone as a wallet. Or your home as a connected network center where thermostats, video cameras, lights and televisions all "talk" to each other. That "talking" ...

Wireless connections creep into everyday things

Feb 27, 2013

A car that tells your insurance company how you're driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. And a meter that warns your air conditioner when electricity gets more expensive.

Verizon Communications 4Q loss widens

Jan 22, 2013

Verizon Communications' fourth-quarter loss widened, dragged down by restructuring, pension and Superstorm Sandy costs. The company activated a record number of new devices on its contract-based plans during the period.

Smart home coming whether Americans are ready or not

Jul 27, 2012

Lowe's executives are hesitant to say that we've arrived at the home of the Jetsons, with everything in your house automated and controlled by computers and wireless devices, but they say we're not far off.

Recommended for you

Drone postal deliveries begin in Switzerland

4 hours ago

Wondering where your package is? Look up! Switzerland's postal service said Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another ...

Omnidirectional free space wireless charging developed

4 hours ago

Mobile devices, such as smartphones and laptops, have become indispensable portable items in modern life, but one big challenge remains to fully enjoying these devices: keeping their batteries charged.

The future of artificial intelligence

5 hours ago

Only a few years ago, it would have seemed improbable to assume that a piece of technology could quickly and accurately understand most of what you say – let alone translate it into another language.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.