Carrier AT&T. What's the best way to save money with a family plan?

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  1. iHavequestions macrumors regular

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    My fiancée is about to switch from tmobile to AT&T and we are planning to join a family together. I know they pay her $450 to join and I oiled get a monthly discount correct? I currently pay $104 for a plan that includes 5gb data, unlimited texting and 450 talk minutes.
     
  2. 617aircav Suspended

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    Trying to save money and moving to AT&T does not compute.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Call AT&T and ask them. I think they may have discontinued the family plans and only offer the Mobile Share plans now.
     
  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Best way to save money on AT&T?

    Get the lowest data plan and don't use data.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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  6. Prise macrumors regular

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    This cracked me up! :D
     
  7. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Is there still a discount if you aren't oiled? :D I keed.

    Anyway, too many variables and that's their plan for us to keep our wallets open.and upside down. AT&T Next, subsidies, plans if you own your phone, shared data... It's crazy and you'll be at the mercy of the expertise of the person helping you.
     
  8. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    I don't like oily discounts...too slick for me
     
  9. Apple Trees macrumors 6502

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    If you want to save money then you can sacrifice service with the lower end networks like T-Mobile and Sprint. For AT&T and Verizon, quality costs I'm afraid.
     
  10. keitarou macrumors 6502

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    Quality depends on location. Let's not forget that. Verizon and AT&T doesn't have quality everywhere in the country. In some places, they are worse than Sprint/T-Mobile. And coverage everywhere doesn't mean everything to most people.
     
  11. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Everybody has their favorite story where this square inch of land is better served by x carrier than by verizon or ATT.

    If a wide swath of coverage across the 4 million square miles of LAND we call the USA is required the big two are the way to go.
     
  12. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

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    The new Shared Value plans its now $130/mo for 10GB shared data, 2 smart phones, Unlimited talk/text, and mobile hotspot/tethering.
     
  13. keitarou macrumors 6502

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    People don't care that X and Y carrier has coverage in the desert (using an extreme example). To most people it matters that Z carrier works better for less in their square inch of land.

    I won't argue that the big two has better covered land. It's true. To say the big two has better quality in general isn't true. Location is a big factor. In the rural area's the big two is the best. Urban, not really true. Depends.
     
  14. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Funny you say that. I actually care about the bolded. And up and down the west coast and up and down the east coast and the southwest and the southeast and mid-central.

    It's just as important as z carrier works in my square inch of land and the other square inches as mentioned above. I think there might be others who think like that also, else VZW wouldn't be in business.
     
  15. keitarou macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely. There are others who think like you and there are those who think like me. Hence you have VZW or AT&T and I have T-Mobile. I value savings more than coverage in the desert. If/when AT&T and Verizon is able to offer their "coverage" at a reasonable price, then I would consider them again. Right now, T-Mobile works well for my needs and price. I don't travel up and down the country by car. If anything I go around in a plane. The places I go, even the desert of Las Vegas, has great T-Mobile service. Quality is in the eye of the beholder.

    If I were you, I would have Verizon as well. Living in NYC, and having used all 4 carriers in the last 2 years, T-Mobile right now is the best for me. Verizon had coverage but dl speeds in the low 1 mbps on LTE in Manhattan. AT&T... same. Sprint.... well... waste of money. T-Mobile, best coverage and speed in this area right now.
     
  16. Prise macrumors regular

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    Precisely!

    When I started working and had to travel across different areas of the country, I used Verizon, especially since CDMA had more reliable phone service at the time, when I simply couldn't afford dropped calls.

    Fast forward to today, where my travel is no longer inter or intra State, but from large urban cities to large cities abroad, T-Mobile is a much better option, especially with int'l roaming.

    These days, since I spend all of my time and travel to urban areas where all 4 carriers have an abundance of coverage, I couldn't care less whether there's coverage in the desert, down the creek, or that suburban shopping mall.

    If where I am changes, I'll re-evaluate, but until then, coverage areas in "X" is just background noise, as far as I'm concerned.
     
  17. I7guy macrumors G5

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    I haven't done a speedtest in my office, which is in mid-town Manhattan, but I will. I actually do not have any speed issues in NYC.

    And when you said the desert, I mean between cities not in Las Vegas and in the southwest in general...out in the boonies where I tend to do. That is the reason, for me, I'm sticking with Verizon.
     
  18. bobright macrumors 601

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    $30 for 2 smartphones that are unlocked or paid full in retail. If not they are 40 each line on top of the $100. I'll be getting the 2GB Mobile Share for 2 lines since we don't use much data. It'll be 40 a line subsidized though.
     
  19. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Many / most people will qualify for a $25 credit that lowers the cost of a phone to $15. I was on an unlimited plan under contract.

    Existing customers (two year service agreement & no annual service contract customers) who were already on a Mobile Share Value 10GB or higher plan or who migrated to a plan prior to 2/2/14 will receive the $25 Mobile Share Value savings credit discount.
     
  20. bobright macrumors 601

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    If you are sticking with your old phone though right? or if you bought it in full and it has no annual contract
     
  21. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    I like to talk AND surf at the same time on my 5s.

    I like 10gb a month when I only use about 3.

    I like paying $130 a month now versus over $200 for the last several years with basically the same amount of lines.

    I like the NEXT program because now I am not going to ever have to check my "Upgrade Availability" again.

    I like 25mb/second here in Miami.

    I like a constant 80-100% signal strength.

    I LOVE that AT&T has joined the competition legitimately and is now kissing it's subscriber's asses to keep them.

    Ain't competition good???
     
  22. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Correct. I'm using the same phone which is on contract.
     

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