studentSam is away from home for the first time, attending college. "It's great to be on my own, without Mom and Dad tapping on my door twice a night, asking if I've done my homework. But I do miss them sometimes, and Becky, my older sister, went off to college two years ago.

I'm always busy, whether I'm in my room studying, working at my job at the library, or out with friends. That's why having CellPlusPlus is great. My family and friends from home can reach me anytime, anywhere- without having to memorize a bunch of different phone numbers. All they have to do is call my CellPlusPlus Genie Number* , and it will follow me wherever I am: it rings in my dorm room, on my cell phone, and even at my desk phone in the library (thank God. there's no cell service down there!)

"Money can be an issue sometimes, what with books, meals and laundry and stuff. That's another thing CellPlusPlus is good for. It comes with a GenieCard Visaź Prepaid Card, and my Mom and Dad can put money on it whenever I need it, either by telephone, over the Internet, by mail, or directly from their card to mine. You know how parents are always telling you how tough things were when they were kids? My Dad was trying to tell me that, when he was in school, his parents had to actually mail a check to him, which took days to get there, and then he had to deposit it and wait for the bank to let him have the money. The GenieCard does it in seconds, and the money's right there.

"But don't think that I'm always asking my folks for money; I've got two part-time jobs right now, and CellPlusPlus helps with that too. I'm helping out as a student aide in the Philosophy department, and I work at the campus library. Both paychecks go straight to my GenieCard, so while other kids are waiting in line at the bank, I just check my GenieCard online and see that my money's already there. Then I can withdraw cash at any ATM displaying the Visa and/or Interlink brand marks, or even use my GenieCard to shop anywhere that Visa debit cards are accepted.

"I haven't told Mom and Dad yet, though. I want to see if they get worried when I don't ask for money at the end of this month. at least not as much."

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