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How to find the right mobile plan for your family

Family plans are a great way to save a lot of money on your phone bills. While there are a lot of benefits of getting onto a ‘family bill plan’, selecting one that suits your unique consumption needs can be tricky. Here are some tips to get you started.

brand stories Updated: Sep 07, 2017 19:14 IST
A family mobile plan is a great way to cut costs while addressing each members smartphone needs.
A family mobile plan is a great way to cut costs while addressing each members smartphone needs.(Pixabay)

It is not unusual to hear parents complain about how their kids are glued to smartphones. A recent study by U.S.-based Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children, said that teens spend about nine hours using media for entertainment. It is also said that some 13-year-olds check social media 100 times a day. That’s a massive amount of data usage, and can be a big dent on the pocket for the parents paying the bills.

It’s not just teens, though. We are all using data at warp speed, and often have to face the drudgery of painfully slow internet after we run through the data allowance. One rather simple way to optimise your data plans is to get a family plan. While family plans are not new concepts, there has been significant innovation to make them very user friendly.

Choosing the right plan for your family, however, can be tricky . A mobile family pack, comes with various benefits, and is a more cost-effective way of managing several phones with one plan instead of each member having a different plan. While there are a lot of benefits to getting family packs, selecting one that works for you can be a daunting task. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Find what’s right for you

While choosing a phone plan, it is important to pick something that suits your needs. Consider the number of members, how much data and voice they use, and the cost that suits that you prefer. The Airtel family plan, for example, lets you create a plan for upto five family members. Postpaid customers can simply use the Airtel app to create a family plan with one bill. All you need is one parent account, and you can add multiple users to it, with each member allotted a certain data cap. It works best for parents sharing their postpaid plans with children.

2. Look for free in-family calling

A family plan can be very cost effective if it allows for free in-family calling, which means that any calls to a number in your plan will be free of cost and not use up network minutes. Whatever plan you ultimately go for, this should definitely be one of the benefits.

3. Find a plan that’s flexible

A good family plan lets you customise each member’s usage. This works well for parents who want to programme the data quota for their kids. The Airtel family plan lets you customise both voice and data limits for each member. It helps optimize everyone’s data quota and is certainly wallet friendly.

4. Find the most cost-efficient plan

The cost is the biggest benefit of a family plan. Consider a family comprising a grandparent, parents, and two children, who are all smartphone users. On an average, one can run up a bill of at least Rs 1000 per member each month. Besides, phone usage tends to be much higher if family members are regular internet users. Now, for example, if they were to get on to the Airtel family plan, even the most expensive pack would cost them Rs 1599 per month. Now that’s a lot of money saved.

5. Stay away from generic plans

A family of two and a family of five are not the same. They have different needs, the data usage will be different, and so will the calling and texting. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really work here. Find a service provider that has options for all kinds of users. Airtel has various alternatives for different kinds of families. For example, the 399 plan with 1.17 GB data and 680 minutes voice calling is perfect for a two-member family, while the 1599 plan with 7.32 GB data allowance and 4250 minutes voice calling can work well for a five-member family. If members in a family all have smartphones, a family plan is a great way to cut your costs. But what’s more, it can help ensure that no one goes overboard and sticks to their monthly limits.

Find out more about Airtel’s completely customizable and highly cost-effective family plan here.

(This content was created in partnership with HT Brand Studio and not the editorial team)