how do the iPhone data plans work on Family Plans?

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  1. chriskzoo macrumors 6502

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    I have given my old (2G) iPhone to my wife a long time ago and have just been using my work phone. I was poking through adding another line and saw that the options for the voice plan had a 550 minutes a month (plus nights and weekends I think for $60) family plan, but then the data just showed the $30 a month unlimited (which we currently have on her phone) and then $5 a month for 200 text messages.

    So can anyone with a Family Plan speak to how the data is used - do you have to have to pay for a data plan on each phone, or can you pick one data plan and then share it? My wife literally uses 10MB a month on her data so when the new plans go into effect we could share the 200MB a month for $15 plan if we can and I could grab a refurb 3GS if I can or see what the new iPhone offers.
     
  2. djransom macrumors 68040

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    A data plan would be required on each line. I speak from experience when me and my ex was together and I was paying for data on 2 of my 5 lines.
     
  3. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm, OK so you don't share the data plan. I guess with the new data plans we would be good with the $15 plan each, $30 total which is what we are paying now for unlimited data + 200 text, but then we'd have to spring for $5 on each phoen for text messaging. So at the very least we're talking:

    $60 for 550 minutes + nights and weekends shared (which is fine for us)
    $30 for the two $15 data plans
    $10 for the two $5 text plans
    -----
    $100 a month

    Hmm, with that in mind, I think we'll just drop her to the $15 data plan, which I assume means we have to pickup the $5 text plan, as you can no longer couple them like on the 2G and save $10 a month. Right now we're paying like $58 after taxes for the data/text plan and Senior Nation 200 which they offerred us and is enough for my wife.
     
  4. djransom macrumors 68040

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    That's exactly how it will pan out. You can also just add the $30 for unlimited family text as well, but that's only if you text alot.
     
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    The system is sort of complicated ...

    You pay the Family Base Price for the Minute Plan ... and that covers two phones. Any additional phone (#3, #4, ect.) is 9.99 in addition to the Base Price (unless you choose the unlimited plan, then its 49.99 per additional line).

    Each phone has it's own data plan ($30, $25 or $15, effective June 7).

    Then you can choose other options such as texting, ect.

    Hopefully that clears up some confusion.
     
  6. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup, I got it. I was hoping to be on the iPhone bandwagon again and thought we might be able to do it for an extra $15 a month or so, but it looks like it will be an extra $50 a month. I'll just have to stick to my work Blackberry and get all my Apple app love through the iPad.
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    A much effective answer can be had by calling AT&T. I think your issue is too specific for us to answer, we can take a guess and it might be right.

    My guess is, you are charged per smartphone line a data plan and not one big data plan for all.
     
  8. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    No disrespect, but his question was pretty simple ... and answered more quickly than AT&T probably would have responded lol.
     
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Probably so, but many things that look simple tend to be a big thing at AT&T... or at least they make a big deal out of it.
     
  10. mshoo1 macrumors newbie

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    Any information on how tethering will work for family plans? Is it $20 for each iPhone on the family plan?
     

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