Being a stay-at-home-mom – and a working one at that – is one tough act to follow. Take the case of Maricel, 35, mother of two, and the wife of a Luzon-based Sales Manager. She keeps in constant touch with her husband through their home’s landline which they had for some time already. While frequent phone calls have helped her family members stay in touch, she has realized it will take more than that to keep their family ties tighter as their daughter grows and a young son also comes of age.
While the kids are at school in the mornings, she attends to her accounting consultancy work at home which entails constant incoming and outgoing landline calls from a small but growing pool of clients. To submit electronic documents, she keeps a prepaid broadband dongle for e-mails and internet activity for her children. Once in a while, she attempts to use the prepaid broadband dongle for a video call to show her husband their kids’ latest achievements. Unfortunately, given the length of time they spend during the video call to catch up and spend time together with the kids, Maricel had been shelling out more for prepaid load. Further, her landline phone calls to her husband’s mobile phone had begun to cost a lot as well as they spoke longer to discuss the kids’ increasing concerns.