AT&T Family plan with 1 iPhone 3G and 1...not

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by munckee, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I'll give ATT a shout once we get closer, but I figure someone here might know the answer. I'm currently on a family plan with Verizon that expires Aug 11. We're planning on moving both numbers to AT&T under 1 of the two following scenarios:

    1) 1 iPhone 3G and 1 iPhone (first gen)
    2) 1 iPhone 3G and 1 "regular" ATT phone with no data plan

    Does anyone know how this would work under the terms of the iPhone plans? Could we just get the family plan for voice and then add the data plans necessary for whatever devices we're using?

    So scenario 1 would be...
    family plan - say $89.99 for the 1400 min. plan
    iPhone 3G data plan - $30
    iPhone 3G text plan - $15
    iPhone data plan - $20
    extra line fee $9.99

    Does that look right? Anyone know if the extra line fee is monthly or 1-time?
  2. 3kids macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2006
    A family plan is for the first 2 lines so you wouldn't have the $9.99 fee. I calculated everything out and it is cheaper for me to have 2 different contracts than a family plan. Just my situation, but the family plan really wasn't the best deal in my family.
  3. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005

    Thanks 3kids. Mind sharing how you decided it was cheaper to do separate plans? I'm curious if the same would be true for me...
  4. L3X macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chesapeake, VA
    The extra line fee is $9.99 per month. ($39.99 if an iPhone 3G). Also, why do you have the $20 iPhone data plan and a $30 3G data plan. If you only have one iPhone 3G, you just need to incorporate the $30 3G data plan.

    I don't know how it would be cheaper to get two individual plans instead of a family plan.

    It saves my wife and I like $50 or so a month to have a family plan with my folks.

    Also, with the family plan, you can get unlimited family texts for $30. This is a steal compared to the $20 they charge one person, or $15 for 1500. With four people in our plan, it's definitely worth it.
  5. 3kids macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2006
    This is what I found:

    I probably needed, on a family plan, more than 700 minutes. That is their first tier. The next level is 1400 minutes. That family plan, for my regular iphone, the new 3G plus 200 txt messages(if they even allow txts to be added to individual phones in a family plan) would cost $144.99.

    Keeping my existing contract and buying a new plan independently for the 3G phone would be $$134.99 for 900 minutes, 450 per phone and that also with the 200 txt plan on the new phone.

    The way the plans appear to be written is on a family plan, the only options for Txts are as a family plan, which were $20 or $30 monthly, thus perhaps higher than the 144.99 above. Some here say that will play out one way, some another. But regardless, I think the 2 plans would likely be better for me.
  6. L3X macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chesapeake, VA
    You CAN add individual texts to phones on a family plan. It's $5 for 200 txts, $15 for 1500, $20 for unlimited.

    So, in your instance, it IS cheaper to get the individual plans, but you're looking at whether it's worth $10 to get 500 more minutes. 900 as compared to 1400. I think the $144 is the better deal.
  7. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I had 1 $30 data plan for the iPhone 3G and 1 $20 data plan for the first gen iPhone... Seemed to make sense to me. The "extra line" charge is pretty hefty though at 4x the cost of a regular line for an iPhone line.
  8. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    No the iPhone add-a-line voice plan is $9.99 and the iPhone 3G data plan is $30, for a total of $39.99. :)
  9. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Ahhhhh HAH! That makes some sense now!
  10. wfj5444 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    But... can you get the 3G voice only? I think they have said no.

    That would be the cheapest way for me, since I use a company provided SIM with an unlocked iPhone. I just add a line to my family plan as a voice only 3G.

    I wonder if there is a way for my company SIM to be listed as an iPhone 3G SIM..

    Hrm.. its unlimited data/voice anyways.

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