Family Plan - Need to share households?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dezlboy, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. Dezlboy macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    I am ATT customer eligible for an iPhone. My mom lives in same state, different area code, not ATT customer. When I get iPhone I need to either increase my minutes OR get Mom to become ATT customer so the minutes are free when talking to her. (i am running over my current limit - and speak with her a lot).

    The extra minutes will be about an additional $30, the same price as adding a line to a family plan. Then if she gets an iPhone, I don't get her the data plan. So the cost is about the same either way. Right?

    Any ideas?

  2. mb2008 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    Adding a line is only $9.99. I'm kinda confused as to what you need. If you just need to add your mom, the $9.99 is enough, since calling her will not count against your minutes. Every iPhone 3G gets a $30 data plan, so if your mother gets one, you will be paying $60 for data plans. You can put a 2G on the network without data, but I don't think AT&T will do the same for the 3Gs. I have 4 lines from 3 different households on my family plan, no problem.
  3. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    First your mom does not have to buy an iPhone just because you buy one. You can have a FamilyTalk plan with only one iPhone. I know the AT&T system does not show that in their examples. AT&T will require the both iPhones to have the $30 rate plan on each line. So unless your mom really wants an iPhone, I would suggest she consider a different phone.

    You may be able to select the FamilyTalk 550 rate plan for 59.99 for both phones and then you just need to add the $30 data plan. I say maybe because the FamilyTalk 550 is not available in all markets. Just enter your ZIPCODE and check.

    You can even purchase your iPhone 3G at Apple and then you / your mom can get a "Free" or discouted phone at any AT&T store. Once you have both lines, you can call AT&T Customer Care and have the two individual lines merged into a FamilyTalk plan.

  4. Dezlboy thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    Dave006 and mb2008 - thanks for the advice. Mom doesn't want an iPhone - so I will check out the Family Talk 550.

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