Parents Manage Wireless with T-Mobile Family Allowances

Posted by at 4:31 pm on August 5, 2008

T-Mobile USA, Inc., announces the upcoming availability of Family Allowances. This new feature, to be launched in August, allows parents to manage when and how their family members use their T-Mobile phones and service.


With Family Allowances, parents can give their teens an upfront monthly wireless allowance that works on all the phones T-Mobile offers — virtually eliminating the worry of surprise overages. The feature lets parents set and change limits for minutes, messages and downloads (e.g., games, ring tones and wallpaper) using a simple online tool. Once the allowance is reached, the feature shuts off service for that specific element and parents receive a notification. Parents can stay in contact with their family members by setting up “Always Allowed ” numbers that will continue to connect, even after allowances have been spent. Any unlimited calling features that are included in a family’s plan, such as myFaves and T-Mobile-to-T-Mobile, can also still be used, which preserves the value of the calling plan. Additional controls are available so parents can choose to set allowances on unlimited calling features, if desired.


With Family Allowances, parents can choose to establish additional limits on the time of day a phone may be used, set allowances to zero to prohibit the use of minutes, messages or downloads (other than to “Always Allowed” numbers), and establish numbers that are blocked from calling or sending messages to any phone on their family plan.


“Parents across the country want their teens to have a mobile phone to stay in contact, but also want that phone to be used responsibly,” said Lisa Brown, director, marketing at T-Mobile USA. “With Family Allowances, parents get peace of mind knowing they can reach their sons and daughters, without having to worry about surprise bills. They can also reward their teens for responsible phone use by increasing their allowance.”


Family Allowances will be available in the coming weeks at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at For an introductory rate of $2 per month, parents can manage all lines within their T-Mobile family plan.


The Family Allowances feature is available to customers with qualifying post-paid multi-time plans. Introductory rate is a limited-time offer. Taxes additional. Details, including restrictions and service limitations, will be available soon at and retail stores.

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