|Sep 16, 2012, 11:12 AM||#77|
That said, i agree with you on the mobile share plans. They are significantly more expensive for many folks that don't require unlimited minutes. My total monthly cost with taxes for 5 iPhones, each with a 2GB Data plan, is about $210 on AT&T with a 15% fan discount, and Verizon's mobile share plan would cost me significantly more for a comparable amount of data.
FamilyTalk Nation 700Min with Rollover ($51)
1st iPhone5 with 2GB Data ($21.25)
2nd iPhone5 with 2GB Data ($9.99 + $21.25)
3rd iPhone5 with 2GB Data ($9.99 + $21.25)
4th iPhone5 with 2GB Data ($9.99 + $21.25)
5th iPhone5 with 2GB Data ($9.99 + $21.25)
(Optional: Unlimited messaging and m2m calling on all phones for $30 extra)
|Sep 16, 2012, 11:24 AM||#78|
I went AT&T again as I have 4 family lines with them. Switching to Verizon would have cost roughly 110 for just my line alone. Sticking with AT&T, my 4 lines can get on the mobile share with 10 GB's and still only pay about 240.
I haven't switched to the mobile shared yet, but it's honestly looking good. I wasn't aware that if you pick the 10 GB plan, each smartphone is only 30 bucks a pop. With my wife and the in-laws only using an average of 500 MB's per person, I'll have plenty of non-throttled data left over to use as I see fit.
As it stands now, we have 3 iPhones with 2 of them having unlimited data and the third using the 2 GB plan. The fourth is a "dumbphone" and we're paying about 235 before even making the fourth an iPhone. Making the 4th an iPhone will push me over the cost of the 240 shared plan and that's even if we choose the lowest data plan. The more I think about it, the more I think the shared plan is the way to go for me.
|Dec 19, 2012, 03:31 AM||#79|
I have 1 VZW unlimited line and a 4 line grandfathered unltd data AT&T family plan.
VZW has more 'consumer friendly' features such as unlimited un-throttled LTE, option to add unlimited mobile hotspot for $30(tethering) and the ability to take my iPhone 5 unlimited data sim and put it into my iPad (WiFi/cellular data) and be able to get unlimited data on my iPad. With VZW you also have the option of taking your sim and putting it into a MiFi or Jetpack.
|Dec 19, 2012, 02:50 PM||#80|
Interesting this thread popped up. Was in NYC for a couple of days and using my ATT iPhone 5. I had crappy speeds at the best of times and constantly had no data at all even with seemily acceptable signal levels. I had to continually switch airplane mode on/off or completely reboot the phone to get data back for a little while. Missed a call and got the voicemail an hour later once and had lots of iMessage fails that had to go out as texts and a couple of periods of no service or -130 signal.
I also had my Verizon LTE iPad 3 with me and it was hardly any better for data. Lots of times I had what looked like decent bars or signal level but no luck on actually using the thing.
So, I have to conclude that when you have a few million people living in one place and several hundred thousand random visitors you are sol no matter what.
|Dec 19, 2012, 05:25 PM||#82|
Verizon for sure. at&t has the most horrible customer service ever. I have a $25 prepaid plan on my old phone that I want to change to pay as you go until I get my new phone, and they want you to CALL to change it. How ridiculous is that in this digital age? I'm not gonna go through the silly voice activated menus to sit in queue just to do something that could be done with 1 mouseclick.
I just removed all my payment info instead so they can't get my money, then I'm throwing away the simcard. I can manage a few days without a phone.
Verizon iPhone5 is my next stop.
(not to mention they refused to unlock the old 3gs which I bought on ebay, not that I ever expected them to do it though. So I just had a 3rd party do it for $5.)
|Dec 19, 2012, 05:31 PM||#83|
If I had to choose between the two, definitely AT&T, even though Verizon has better coverage in my area. My reason -- they have reasonable individual plans where as for Verizon Wireless, I have absolutely no idea why they structured their plans they way they did (no individual plans, share everything only).
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