April 23, 2020 9:25 am at 9:25 am #1852123
It’s like this: We have (ka”h) five children learning from home, and only one phone that we can use. How can anybody juggle this type of course load? Granted, most of the girls’ classes are being recorded, so they can listen at staggered times, but there are a few live classes that overlap.
I suppose that we’ll need to talk to the schools to request some flexibility, but I wondered what everybody else is doing.
(You lot in the CR are my mavens. I always know I can come here to ask these types of questions. It’s a relief to know that there’s someplace I can turn.)April 23, 2020 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm #1852462zaidy78Participant
It’s beautiful that you have such a beautiful family. Kneinehara!
But with 5 children you should have just received from the government in the amount of $4900. You should be able to afford a few cheap simple Kosher cell phone lines. (From experience, it’s probably worthwhile to invest in a few sets of headphones so that everyone in the family can use the phones at the same time).
Hatzlacha!April 23, 2020 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm #1852494
Many of the Yeshivos and Beis Yaakovs recently started offering parents flip phones with unlimited voice (calling only) for $20 each.April 23, 2020 3:04 pm at 3:04 pm #1852545lowerourtuition11210Participant
“But with 5 children you should have just received from the government in the amount of $4900. ”
1.You dont know if they received it yet. There are plenty of reports of those who did not receive it.
2. Maybe they need that money to pay expenses from yom tov.
3. Maybe they have outstanding loans that they have to pay back.April 23, 2020 3:44 pm at 3:44 pm #1852570Yserbius123Participant
I can’t speak for everyone, but we are personally finding it frustrating with even three devices. Speaking to the school and teachers is pointless, as the schools are struggling too and are having a lot of difficulty adapting to the new situation.
Although kosher phones are important blah blah blah, they are also rather overpriced and may be out of range for many people (except in Israel where they are dirt cheap). If a kosher phone isn’t an option because of cost, drugstores and supermarkets sell really cheap phones with just voice and text and a pay-as-you-go plan that usually end up costing bupkis, certainly less than you would otherwise spend on a kosher phone.April 23, 2020 8:05 pm at 8:05 pm #1852586
Several school districts and MO yeshivos were offering free and “loaner” devices for some of their students who did not have them at home but I suspect that may not be an option with the smaller and more frum yeshivos. Is it possible to check with friends who might have older phones and Ipads which could be temporarily activated at low cost or be used in conjunction with a Wi-Fi hot spot? Its really sad that some kids are missing out on instructional time, especially if the local jurisdiction orders schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year.April 23, 2020 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #1852599
$20 a month for unlimited calling, which many of the Yeshivos and Beis Yaakovs started offering, is hardly “overpriced”.April 23, 2020 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #1852717
So the general consensus is to get more devices? I don’t even know where to start. And it’s not just a matter of obtaining a phone or phones, then there’s monthly service, too. Oh, dear.
Thank you, everybody who has offered input. You should have a lot of nachas from your own children.
P.S. Thank you, zaidy78. I suppose that I should clarify that we actually have six children ka”h, but our oldest is out of school.
P.P.S. Joseph, can you tell me which Yeshivos and Beis Yaakovs are offering phones? Heh-heh, maybe we should consider transferring? Heh-heh. That was a joke.
MODS: If I posted this twice, then please excuse me. I had a problem with my connection.April 23, 2020 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm #1852760
I don’t know whether its “OK” to mention names but in most metro areas, both sprint and Tmobile (still operating separately after the merger) offer low-cost basic plans involving 4 phones for $20-$25/month with unlimited voice access for audio only instruction and sufficient data for the type of online video platforms (Zoom, Blackbaud, etc) that most schools are using for distance learning.
Good luck. Your kids are very fortunate to have a mom who is as concerned about their missing instruction as you seem to be.April 24, 2020 12:46 am at 12:46 am #1852787Yserbius123Participant
@MRS PLONY TAG in Far Rockaway had phones and tablets donated to families who need extra devices. If your schools didn’t say anything about it, they probably don’t offer it. I would suggest what I said before, just grab one off of a shelf in Rite-Aid or something. You can have it in your hands immediately, there’s no contract to sign, and it’s rather cheap.
Also, please don’t listen to @Joseph. He gets his jollies from lying to people in YWN Coffee Room so I wouldn’t trust anything he has to say.April 26, 2020 8:56 am at 8:56 am #1853279interjectionParticipant
“Although kosher phones are important blah blah blah, they are also rather overpriced and may be out of range for many people (except in Israel where they are dirt cheap)”
The phones themselves cost about $100. I wouldn’t call that dirt cheap. The service is only $10-20 per month but if you have 5 kids who need phones, that’s $600 per month and you still have to pay tuitionApril 26, 2020 10:16 am at 10:16 am #1853318
How’s a kosher phone better than a 2G or 3G flip phone that you can order service on for $10 month with resellers (MVNOs) and have data blocked as well as text blocked at the carrier level?April 26, 2020 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm #1853342
You can get unlimited voice calling for $10 a month on any old Sprint phone, including Sprint flip phones, for $10 per month from Tello.April 26, 2020 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm #1853378
Actually, Tello’s price for unlimited mobile calling is $8/month.April 26, 2020 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm #1853406
“….and [with these older 2G and 3G phones] you canhave data blocked as well as text blocked at the carrier level?
And Reb Yosef neglects to tell you that for a small additional charge, you can have voice blocked as wellApril 26, 2020 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #1853468
“….and [with these older 2G and 3G phones] you canhave data blocked as well as text blocked at the carrier level?”
Yes, you can have data blocked. Or have data and text blocked, allowing voice only.
And with companies like Tello, Twigby, Ting and others there’s no additional charge to block the data or the data and text.April 26, 2020 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm #1853668
Tello, Twigby, and Ting? Are those Israeli companies or are you messing with me? I need something in the Monsey area.April 26, 2020 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm #1853688
Mrs. Plony: Those are American cellular service providers. Check their websites.
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