The Low Cost iPhone Rate Plan Thread

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by chriskzoo, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    #1
    If you are a heavy cell phone user, this might not be the thread for you. I personally use about 150 minutes a month, a few texts here and there, and maybe bring up a map occasionally if I'm on a trip, so here is what I'm thinking:

    Right now, if you have a first-gen iPhone (as I do), the cheapest you can do is $69.51 after taxes, or $834.12 a year. My contract is coming up soon (November actually, but I might buy it out) and I've been doing a little investigating on what pay options are. For years I just used a Virgin Mobile Pay as you go phone for $0.25 a minute and hardly ever spent more than $20-30 a month, so that is what I'm looking at doing here.

    I found out you can easily covert an iPhone to a GoPhone using the similar $0.25 a minute charge (or $1/day used + $0.10 a minute). Add to that Skype Out at $0.02 a minute, and we're starting to see things taking shape. So here is my plan:

    Proposed setup
    -Convert to Pay as you go (GoPhone) - I confirmed it includes Visual Voicemail
    -Add a $100 GoPhone card, which expires in 365 days (400 minutes)
    -Add $10 of Skype Out credit (500 minutes )for when I'm by a WiFi spot, which I usually am to make outbound calls cheaper atthose times
    -Use Textfree lite for a free 15 texts per day ($5.99 for unlimited texts forever) - free inbound texts if I get my one buddy I text with to use it, otherwise it's $0.20 for inbound texts) (on second thought, that might go against data usage, so I have to check on the cost there(

    What is lost/limited
    -Essentially, non-WiFi data access. normal charges are $0.01/kb (which is rape) or you can by 30 day bundles at $5/MB or $20 for 100MB.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

    cellocello

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    #2
    tl;dr

    The "low cost" iPhone of the future, is the normal iPhone of today. Otherwise, monthly fees are up to the carrier.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    #3
    How do you get visual voicemail without data?
    You can send and recieve free text messages through your email without any app. This way you are not limited to 15 a day.
     
  4. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    #4
    I could definitely go for an even smaller phone minutes plan to lower the bill a bit. Voice is definitely my lowest usage currently.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    #5
    I'd have to look into it, but when I live chatted with AT&T support they wayd that Visual Voicemail was included when you use an iPhone as a GoPhone.

    As for texting, that is going to cost you data if you're not on WiFi.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

    michael.lauden

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2008
    #6
    am i missing something here?

    i have a iPhone 2G and only pay 20/month...

    is 5-10$ a month really worth not being able to use an iPhone for what an iPhone is for?

    i can tether in the car with my MacBook and SMS for free using Mail...

    this seems like a lot of work to save only a few bucks
     
  7. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    #7
    How do you pay $20 a month? I pay 70
     
  8. macrumors 68000

    cellocello

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    #8
    I can't speak for the poster you quoted, but in Canada you're free to put the iPhone on any plan you like - including the $20 ones.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

    NDimichino

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #9
    Free health care and $20 iPhone plans. What the hell.
     
  10. macrumors 68000

    cellocello

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    #10
    hahah, not many minutes and no data though.
     
  11. macrumors 68020

    michael.lauden

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2008
    #11
    $20 - unlimited data + 200 TXT Msgs

    :)


    edit: AND i'm in ATL not canada
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    #12
    So how do you just drop voice and keep the data plan? This is what I originally thought of doing.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2008
    #13
    I hate when people come on here and say they have something but don't explain it.

    I can say I have a $5 plan with unlimited data and 1 million txt msgs but it doesn't mean **** unless I explain myself...

    So please elaborate on your claims...
     
  14. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    #14
    Saving Money...

    This thread seems to be concerned with saving money, so I have to ask. Why are you buying an iPhone in the first place? There are plenty of phones that don't cost $400 and then you won't have to get such a low rent service plan.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    #15
    It's not about saving money - it's about spending it more wisely. If I'm spending $850 a year on my iPhone plan and can get pretty much all the same functionality for my usage for $400 a year, isn't pocketing the $450 worth it?
     
  16. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    #16
    on ATT you can't have just a data plan.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    #17
    How is that possible.
     
  18. macrumors 68020

    michael.lauden

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2008
    #18
    um. well you see. i bought an iPhone - activated it via iTunes and now i pay 20$ a month.

    no trickery here.
     
  19. macrumors 68020

    michael.lauden

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2008
    #19
    and being gayed at by someone with less than 30 posts isn't really much of an insult. i didn't do anything special or go out of my way. i still have voice and am on a family plan let's take a chill pill i get roll over so i don't have to worry about the minutes

    it's just the standard bundle.
     
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Location:
    Northern Va
    #20
    How much does the voice plan cost you?
     
  21. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
    #21
    It would be $9.99 add-a-line on a FamilyTalk rate plan.

    Dave
     
  22. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
    #22
    Sorry but Visual Voicemail on an original iPhone or the iPhone 3G requires an iPhone data plan. There is a little confusion because on the original iPhone if you failed the iTunes Credit Check you were offered a Prepaid option that included the iPhone data plan so that would support the Visual Voicemail feature.

    Also, from your initial post you will have to pay the full $175 ETF since your contract start was before May 25, 2008 when the $5 pre month reduction started.

    Dave
     
  23. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Location:
    Well..Ask your mother.
    #23
    iPhone 3g. I only pay 30 dollars a month and I get 2100 minutes. Unlimited text. I only pay for the data plan.

    Family plan. :D
     
  24. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
    #24
    Actually, you can have a data only plan with AT&T, just not on a GoPhone rate plan. A little research will show you how it is done.... you just have to think outside the box and have a disregard for Contract Terms of Use just like the OP (hint: BB Personal data plan $35).

    Dave
     
  25. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    #25
    This thread seems to be going the wrong way. The plan you are on does not cost a total of $30, how much you pay personally is the the issue. The issue is the total cost of the plan, which is not $30.
     

Share This Page