My Mom is into saving money and wanted us to give up the Cable internet service in favor of DSL at $15/mo cheaper for the first year. Of course I don't want to go throught the hassle of switching e-mail and stuff so I made a counter offer. They also wanted a cell phone. I told them I'd add a line to my existing Verizon Wireless account. It's giving me an additional 100 minutes a month, 500 instead of 400, but it'll also end up costing me between $20 and $25 per month more. It does give them some security when they go out now, and gives Mom peace of mind.
Anyway it's a "done deal" now. I hope it all works out.
By the way, I don't use up my time as it is, so feel free to call and chat. Verizon Wireless folks - it won't cost you anything because of their "in" network.