Carrier Grandfathered ATT -> Best Carrier in 2016

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sammyman, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    I have a grandfathered ATT plan. I read I can get out of the contract if I want because of changes they are making, increasing it $5 per month.

    I wanted to look around and see what the competition is in 2016.

    Looks like I'm using 10-15GB per phone per month. My only explanation is that the kids are probably using Youtube Kids when we drive around too much.

    Should I stick with ATT? Also, I live in the Bay Area if that makes a difference.
  2. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    People are paying hundreds for your plan, I'd hold onto it personally.
  3. imlynxy macrumors 65816

    Mar 8, 2012
    I doubt you can find something better if you use you phone mostly within the country. Just go to the ebay and search for "unlimited data att " , you will see that the plan you have can be sold for 500-600 dollars.
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    "Better" is going to be in the eye of the beholder. Strictly speaking, ATT's overall coverage is solid. We just moved to TMO because the coverage where we frequent is more than enough and we actually saved money. The "Binge On" service has drastically reduced our data consumption (my son watches videos in the back seat as well). We get 10GB of rollover (up to 20GB pool) data per line, four lines, for $120 a month; I think this same plan is 6GB x 4 lines now. We each use under 6GB per month (generally 3-5) since Binge on and my son streams EASILY 40+ hours a month while we drive, generally on mine or Grandma's device (she is on our family plan).

    But again, this is HEAVILY dependent on whether TMO coverage is acceptable where you live. People either love or they hate TMO, generally speaking. Having compared prices though, and constantly comparing prices, I can easily say that ATT is the best bang for your buck if TMO isn't an option.
  5. MephistoZap, Jan 21, 2016
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    MephistoZap macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2016
    Check out cricket you can get 10gb for $55, it's owned by att now. My family has been with them for over a year and have had no issue. They have very good deals on multiple lines of you've got more people for lines. It includes unlimited talk and text and data is unlimited but slowed to 2g speeds after use. Also higher rate plans even include full roaming including data in Canada and Mexico for free. Speed is limited to 8mbs but in real world usage it's not very noticeable. And the plans include tax, so you'll be saving a lot of money. Cricket is a really good deal for what you get. Cricket used to have a 20gb plan for $60 at some point they may bring that back since att brought back unlimited data. I could see them doing that.

    If you don't care about your phone number you could sell your unlimited plan on eBay and make like $600. That would pay for a lot of service. I wouldn't settle for T-Mobile coverage unless you never leave the city.
  6. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    I use both AT&T and T-Mo. The surprise I got while comparing plans recently is that Verizon is now the exact same price as AT&T. Three short years ago my Verizon bill was quite expensive, my how things have changed. I'm returning to Verizon due to their superior network and far better customer service compared to AT&T. Even T-Mobile has better customer service than AT&T.
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Sorry you had bad customer service. I honestly can't say that I ever had issues with ATT. Verizon (bioy must have been ten years ago) basically **** on my when I had a phone completely die six months into my contract. I paid my etf on the spot and never looked back.

    My wife had VZW through work when we moved to new england three years ago. It was woprse than ATT in coverage everywhere we went, but this may have easily changed. I tried TMO two years ago and it was unusable. Tried again three months ago and it's night and day.

    As far as prices, the OP has unlimited data, so I was trying to compare that. TMO is the closest you will get price wise without actually paying for their unlimited data okan which ius actually more expensive than ATT's grandfathered plan. But I honestly don't see myself ever going past 10GB a month consistently with Binge On and Music Freedom (jesus I sound like their marketing team lol). Before Binge on hit my son used my data up on two lines in three weeks lol.
  8. imlynxy macrumors 65816

    Mar 8, 2012
    I'm here not to protect Att, but I personally like Att's CS better than T-mo's. Yes T-mo has a polite CS, but this is it. In most cases it is not helpful at all. Att may be don't say "thank you", "I understand you concern" many times, but the up to the point.
    I have Verizon FIOS, it works great, but the moment I have some issues it is a nightmare.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    We have five iPhone on my account and all have the Unlimited AT&T. We all use around 10-15gb of data just getting our business done. No way I will leave them, AT&T has been great to me and the company.
  10. Sketchr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    I use both Verizon and at&t. I have double data plans on both as I- we use a lot of data. Yes, I have fast wifi and use that too. For me, the most important factor in a carrier is service. Is it reliable where I live, work play and most of the areas I travel?

    Both carriers work great in all of the above with Verizon holding a slight advantage. Customer service has been about the same for both. Mostly excellent but a few challenging incidences with both. I will say that dealing directly with corporate stores and face to face has proven to be more successful. That said it depends on the employee helping me. Their knowledge, personality and willingness to make sure I am satisfied.

    TMobile is also fast in most of the areas I mention above. I'll say "Most" areas, but not all the time. However, my testing (with friends service) showed that they were way too many times service dropped and slowed down. It was not consistent like Verizon and at&t. And since service overrides cost for me, I'm staying put. I need dependability. I will say I am happy for the uproar TMO brings to the competition.
  11. Snide macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    I'm frequently in a remote spot where only AT&T has coverage. Broadband options are limited to DSL at 1.4 megabits. I use the Apple Lightning to HDMI adaptor to stream sports and Netflix movies into a projector a few times a month. Even if other carriers worked at this spot, I don't think there would be a better deal to be had.


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