This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.
While I am very social by nature and LOVE my online social activities and friends, I have yet to take it to the next level. I do not own a Blackberry or smart phone. I've stood firm by my decision that my cell is for emergencies only. Very few people have my number and I mainly carry it so that the people responsible for the kids (grandparents, school personnel and friends) when I'm not with them can contact me in the event of an emergency. I usually forget it has a camera and knock myself in the head for not taking pictures. I did add the ability to text to Facebook while doing the Relay for Life as I wanted to share the experience with my friends. I still use that power from time to time.
Recently I joined Foursquare and thought it would be fun to update all the fun places we go. First I was getting messages that my phone was not set up for premium texting. I fixed that only to realize that I didn't have a data package so I had no way to update. I really want to play. I really need to upgrade.
In looking into options I came across Boost Mobile. They have a variety of plans that allow you to customize to your needs. They are VERY affordable and best of all...the are a NO-contract company. We have been with another carrier for a number of years and have been mostly satisfied. It seems, though, that every time we make any changes we are automatically signed up for another two years. It would be nice to be able to have options, especially when other companies are offering better deals.
With Re-Boost (their payment options) you can set up recurring payments, find a store to pay in person, or pay by phone. You can also add money to someone else's account without attaching the card information for future payments. This would be a good reward system for a child with a cell phone who may be responsible for payment. Extra money for good grades or helping extra around the house could earn money towards their bill. While my kids are still a little too young to be carrying cell phones, I can see this being an added incentive in the future.
The ability to update Facebook and twitter without worrying about going over my text limit is very appealing. Boost offers unlimited talk, text, web and e-mail for just $50 a month ($60 for blackberries). They also have a $2-a-day option, which again may be useful on a family plan to limit use for younger kids who wouldn't need a phone all the time but may find it useful when away from home.
Do you update your social networks while away from home? How important is "staying connected" to you?