Brought to you today by Optus Family Sharing [part 1].
“What’s wrong with your phone?
Where’s all the data gone?
MUM! Can I use your phone?!
Use Dad’s phone, he has data!”
These conversations are so frequent in our house! Seriously, we talk about data and internet too often. We love our internet and we don’t just confine its use to inside the home, we use it out and about too.
How many mobile phones does your family have? What about an iPad which also uses data? Do you chew through it?
Yes, we do too! It’s a never ending battle. I always get to 4 days out of receiving a data reboot and I can’t use it without paying more money each month.
My kids and I love Instagram. They also love YouTube and the music apps. But we do need proper phone data. We can be on a trip somewhere or at the footy and someone wants to quickly look something up, or add a photo to Instagram, but I HATE that feeling of not being able to because there’s no data left on the phone!
We have 3 mobile devices, 1 iPad and 2 iPad minis. Whilst the minis are on WiFi only, we occasionally use the personal hotspot feature. I also use it for my laptop too. I often take the laptop to footy training so I can be working away in the car and I might need a quick use of the internet, but of course the personal hotspot takes up lots of my mobile data. The freedom to never run out of data across all of our devices would be awesome for us as a family!
I am not alone in thinking this is all too hard each month. Recently Optus conducted a survey and this is what they found…
- 52% of households in Australia have three or more mobile plans
- Most Australian family households (72%) have concerns about their current mobile phone plans
- Over one fifth (22%) complain that data use is a problem with some household members going over their data limit while others use very little
- More than a quarter (27%) of parents regularly argue with their children about how much time they spend on their mobile devices
- Young families (80%) are the most likely to see the merit in combining all of their household mobile plans together.
I can see that from these simple stats that new options need to be available to families. I certainly want to know how to improve the data use, save money and have more control over who is using what.
This is when I recently discovered a new plan being offered by Optus called Family Sharing.
Every family is different in what they want from their mobile plan and how they use it. However, they do all have some things in common. They want more value out of what they are paying for. They want to maximise use and limit wastage by having increased visibility of usage and to maintain control of their budgets. But most of all, they want to keep connected both digitally and emotionally with family and friends.
Optus has launched Family Sharing, a mobile plan built for households so that everyone in the family can share and maximise their data.
So, this means you can share ALL of your mobile plans within the house and let NOTHING go to waste! For us, it’s always the data on my husband’s phone which goes to waste every month. He never uses it! But with Family Sharing I can see that we’ll all get to tap in to it and won’t have to manage several plans within our house.
I am going to come back next week and discuss with you what Family Sharing really means and why it will benefit so many families. In the meantime, check it out here. This is something you can implement in your home instantly and start saving money and getting your data usage back on track!