The other night my husband and I were talking about technology and how much it’s changed since we were teenagers. Remote controls, computers and Walkman were the most amazing feats of technology as far as we were concerned. Not having to get up and walk across the room whenever you wanted to change the channel on the TV was a genious idea. To think that one day we could not only watch TV, but also movies, on a portable telephone/computer was something that we could have never believed 30+ years ago. To say technology has changed by leaps and bounds in an understatement.
These days what would we ever do without our smartphones? I firmly believe that both of my kids think their phones are a form of “life support”. The easiest way to teach them a lesson, or to get them to do something, is to take away their phone. They simply cannot function without it.
My husband was totally against smartphones, that is until he got an iPhone. Now he’s attached to his phone too. Thankfully I have not been bitten by the phone bug – yet. While I do appreciate my smartphone I can live without it if need be.
When you have a cell phone it’s important that you find the best possible plan to fit your budget. My husband and I did a lot of research and checked out almost every possible plan with all carriers to find the best one for our family. I happen to like the plans you can get that don’t require a contract. That way you can get out of service if you don’t like it or you find something better.
We thought about moving our kids to a no-contract plan when they are older and have a job. We think learning to pay their own cellphone bill will teach them responsibility. After all, if you don’t pay your bill you don’t have a phone. And they certainly can’t live without their phones.
GIV Mobile is a company that offers consumers no-contract mobile service. They have a plan as low as $40 a month and that includes everything AND it’s unlimited (250 MB high speed data). If you have a teenager you know the value of unlimited texting. When our kids used to have phones with pre-paid minutes our daughter would go through the minutes in a matter of days simply by texting her friends. I think we’d be in the poor house for sure if we had to pay for texting. I’m sure most parents would agree.
GIV Mobile has another plan (2 GB high speed) for only $10 more per month.
In addition to unlimited talk, text and data GIV Mobile also provides consumers with
- Nationwide Coverage
- Free Nationwide Long Distance
- Caller ID
- 3-Way Calling
- Call Waiting
- International Dialing
As if the plans aren’t great enough, GIV Mobile goes one step further. Every month 8% of your monthly payment goes to a non-profit organization of your choice. Imagine that – not only are you getting a lot of valuable service and plenty of “bells and whistles”, but you are also GIVing to your favorite non-profit charity too. It’s a win-win situation all around.
You can pick which charity will benefit from your monthly GIV Mobile payment. You can select charities from various categories including education, animals, health environment, arts & humanities, international or public benefit.
Some of the great charities that will benefit from the 8% of you GIV Mobile bill include;
- The United Way Worldwide
- PetSmart Charities
- The Wilderness Society
- American Red Cross
- Feeding America
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Doctors Without Borders
- United States Fund for UNICEF
These are just a handful of the charities you can designate the 8% of your GIV Mobile bill too.
I know that many people, myself included, like to give to our favorite charities whenever possible. As you know, life happens and sometimes we either forget or we don’t have any money left over in our budget to make a contribution. Using GIV Mobile services ensures that your favorite charity will continue to benefit from your donations on a monthly basis, without you having to think about it, as long as you are a GIV Mobile customer. What an excellent idea!
GIV Mobile would like to give a lucky She Scribes reader a brand new Nexus 4 phone AND 3-months of GIV Mobile service ($449.99 value).
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on August 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please answer ONE of these questions.
- Why is it important to you to give to charity?
- What causes are important to you?
- What do you GIV to?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.
PLEASE NOTE – When tweeting you MUST use one or more of the following hashtags for the tweet to qualify –
#GIV8 #GIVMobile #WirelessForACause #SaveMoneySaveTheWorld
*I was not compensated in any way for this post. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. GIV Mobile will be providing the prize package.