Each new year, as part of my inventory of the year to come, I like to take a look at changes that I want to make in the way that my family communicates with each other. Having a teen that’s new driver, a hubby who works almost an hour away and a little one whose social calendar seems to be almost as busy as my 16-year old’s, it matters to me that I have digital ways to stay connected and perhaps, more importantly, stay aware of where my family is and what they are doing. Having myself been a Verizon customer since I was 16 years old (that’s a LONG time y’all), I have always trusted my family’s mobile devices to the company that gave my own parents peace of mine. This year, I even learned that there are amazing new ways for me to stay connected, stay informed and perhaps most importantly stay sane no matter how busy my family’s life gets with a little help from Verizon. Read on to learn how Verizon’s Family Tech Initiative gives me peace of mind when it comes to staying connected to every member of my family.
As a mom and wife who has a tendency to worry, I love the fact that we live in an age where we are all connected and all easily accessible. It helps me breathe just a little bit easier when I can have my teenage son text me when he drives to a new location or have my husband give me a call when he’s made it to work through the snow storm. However, as I’ve learned more about what makes me feel secure when it comes to my family, I’ve discovered that the key to peace of mind comes from Verizon. Here are a few of the ways that Verizon’s Family Tech Initiative is helping me to stay connected in better ways that I ever dreamed of!
Mix-and-Match Plans that Work for the Whole Family
When I was young and single, I didn’t worry too much about my cell phone plan. While I trusted Verizon for coverage I could count on, I had a single line that allowed me to talk and text….that was really all I needed at that point. Then I got married and was able to upgrade to a family plan. As my kids have gotten older and our needs have changed, I’ve discovered that having a family plan has so many benefits! Where there used to be a one-size-fits-all approach to cell phone plans, Verizon is making sure that I have the exact plan I need for every member of my family by allowing me to mix and match unlimited plans and manage them all in my family account. So how does this work? Well, for me, my smartphone is used for texting, calling and checking emails. That means that the go unlimited plan is the perfect fit. However, my hubby streams videos non-stop. So for him, the beyond unlimited plan is the right choice. Then there is my sweet son. Not only does he have a library of Apple Music that could rival any DJ but he also needs to have constant service no matter where we travel due to the fact that his continuous glucose monitor to manage his Type 1 Diabetes runs through his cellular service. For him, the above-unlimited plan gives him the most coverage possible and even ensures that when he travels, he has access to the service that he needs. Where in the past I would have had to have the whole family on the same plan, now Verizon lets me pair these plans together and choose different plans for my family members based on their different needs. That means that I can always feel confident that every member of my family has exactly what they need and none of the extras that they don’t.
Family Locator Services
Remember how I mentioned loving the ability to contact my family no matter where they are? Well, one of my favorite Verizon features (especially with a new driver in the house) is the Family Locator service. With this sanity-saving service that’s just $9.99 per month, I can essentially track my family member’s phones and know where they are without calling or texting them. While I still have my teen text me when he’s arriving or leaving a location, I love being able to simply pull up this service and see exactly where he is. That way, if it’s taking him longer to get home than I thought it would, I can see that he stopped for gas, which allows me to take a deep breath and worry less. Even better, I can set up Family Locator Services so that I an updated when my teen is on the move! As the mom of new driver, this has been one of the BEST features I could imagine and has given me peace of mind during a very stressful time.
Accessories and Tech that Enhance Communications
While the Family Tech Initiative services for our smartphones are unmatched, I adore that Verizon realizes that accessories can help with communications and provides access to accessories that make our family life run smoothly. Take smartwatches for example. I had no idea how helpful these accessories would prove to be with my kids! My teen received a smartwatch last year for Christmas that connects to his cellular plan and it’s been a lifesaver on more than one occasion. He’s able to check his blood sugar on it, receives texts on it when he’s not close to his phone and even communicates when me from it thanks to adding his smartwatch to our data package.
I’ve been waiting for a version to come out that would work for my little guy and I’m so excited that there is now the option of the Verizon GizmoWatch for him! Much like the traditional smartwatches, this watch will allow me to give him independence while still having access to a GPS locator, all while giving him a device that he’s proud to wear. We’re planning to add it to our plan soon and hope it gives him just enough freedom and me just enough peace of mind!
While these three benefits of the Verizon Family Tech Initiative matter most to me, really, I could go on and on about all the ways that the Verizon Family Tech Initiative is helping to keep us connected, keep my family safe and give me peace of mind. But I want you to check it out for yourself. From my family’s most-used features that I’ve mentioned above to ways to manage teen screen time and more, click here to find out how the Family Tech Initiative can help improve the way that you communicate with your family today.
Then, I challenge you to take inventory of how your family is using your mobile devices and then visit your local Verizon retailer today to discover the amazing, innovative, always-changing ways that Verizon and the Family Tech Initiative can help give you peace of mind while keeping you connected.
Now tell me, how does your Verizon plan help keep you connected with family?