A netizen shared how she signed up for the most expensive Starhub mobile plan in order to buy the iPhone Pro Max 13 at a cheaper price, and she ended up not being able to afford the bill for it and has to ask her mother for money to pay it.
Here is what she said
For context, I am a 19-year-old girl still studying in Poly, and I’m working part time as a F&B server on the weekends, earning about $8/hr.
Ever since I was in secondary school, I have been using the Samsung Galaxy S6 that my mother bought for me under a cheaper plan with Starhub, for about $50/month which my mum pays for, using it until I started Poly.
I told her one day that I want to get a new phone after my Starhub contact expired, and wanted the Iphone 13 Pro Max.
But it was really expensive, the phone was $989 for a Starhub plan with 30GB, and monthly bill of $65, which was slightly more than my expired plan.
The other option was a Starhub plan that costs $55 per month for 15 GB, which is about the same as my old plan, but the phone could cost $1369.
My mum refused to get it for me and said that she didn’t have the money to spend like that, so I told her to transfer ownership of the plan to my name and I would sign up for the Starhub line myself.
I told her that I will pay for the phone and the Starhub bill myself since I’m working part time on the weekends and have some money.
She said okay, and I then signed up for the 120gb per month Starhub plan at $155 per month (with another $18 in add ons), and used my savings to buy the phone at $209.
I was so happy with my purchase.
However, the first two months I couldn’t afford to pay the bill and had to ask my mum for help. I make about $400++ from my part time job and after minusing my daily expenses for food and etc at school, I simply don’t have enough to pay for the bill.
I am starting to regret my decision, but my Starhub contract runs for 22 more months and I can’t terminate it without paying the penalty fee.
I don’t know what to do now, my mum is really stressed out with the extra financial burden that I am laying on her, please someone gimme advice.