How much do you pay for your wireless plan?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by yoyo5280, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

    yoyo5280

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    Forgive me for being personal, but I thought it would be interesting to compare the cell phone plans and prices across the world. I was surprised about how expensive they can get in the states.

    So, post your
    Country:
    Monthly Fee:
    Carrier:
    Description of plan details and how it works:

    I'll do mine once I find the bill :p

    Country: Japan
    Monthly Fee: ¥980 (10.38 USD) x 4
    Carrier: Softbank
    Description of plan details and how it works:
    Free unlimited calling to family, Free calls within Japan between 1AM and 9PM between soft-bank and disney mobile. Unlimited mail to handsets.

    Each line is 980¥. we have 4.

    Cheap plan, but once you start using data things can get well over ¥50,000 if you don't have the ¥0-5,000 packet plan.

    -Omi

    -Omi
     
  2. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    About $110/month with AT&T. That's for 4 lines, including one iPhone 3G and unlimited texting with 700 minutes. It's not anything that you guys should use as a comparison point though because I get an excellent FAN discount ;)
     
  3. dmr727 macrumors G3

    dmr727

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    My wife and I just moved to AT&T. We're on the 700 minute plan with unlimited texting and the iPhone data. She gets a 22% discount on most of it from her airline. All told we're paying about $155/month.
     
  4. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    $150

    Line 1+2:$60- 700 Minutes
    Line 3:$9.99+$30 Data Plan+$0.00 200 text
    Line 4:$9.99+$30 Data Plan+$0.00 200 text

    $40+$40+$60=$140.

    Government fees+Taxes screw you over.


    That's with a 20% FAN discount, which only works for the voice lines.

    on AT&T's website:

    Total Charges:$130
    Government Taxes and crap: $9.48
    Usage Charges:$5
    Credits and other charges/adjustments:$5.xx
     
  5. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    You consider $9 and change getting 'screwed over'?
     
  6. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    1000 texts & 400 minutes per month.

    £25/month.
     
  7. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    When my total (Before my FAN discount) is $140, and after my FAN discount is applied, with every charge, my total is $152-$155, Yes I consider that getting screwed over.
     
  8. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    Country: Australia
    Monthly Fee: $59/month
    Carrier: Three Mobile
    Description of plan details and how it works: $59 contains $29/month for calls/text messages, and $30 for a 32GB iPhone 3GB and 1GB data.
    $29 cap plan gives me $150 worth of calls/text messages to any carrier in Australia, and 200 minutes to other 3 mobiles.
    Call rates are $0.40 per 30 seconds with a $0.35 flagfall. Text messages are $0.25 to send. There is no fee for receiving calls or text messages.
     
  9. maestro55 macrumors 68030

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    AT&T
    450 Anytime Minutes
    5000 Night & Weekend Minutes
    iPhone Data Plan
    Unlimited Text Messaging

    Comes in around $92 a month (unless I go to Germany and run my bill up to $168 :p )
     
  10. farkasam macrumors member

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    For some of us $9 actually means something. But, if it's disposable for you then kudos.
     
  11. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    It's not for me either, but it's only 7% of his total. Our sales tax here in Memphis is almost 10%. My point is it's not that big of a screwage, percentage-wise. There are much better things to say you're getting screwed on than a relatively cheap 7% tax.
     
  12. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Country: Switzerland
    Monthly Fee: CHF 24
    Carrier: Swisscom
    Description of plan details and how it works: 1GB of data and telephone use is CHF .50 per hour.
     
  13. Surely Guest

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    If you don't consider 9 bucks to be disposable, you probably shouldn't have a cell phone.

    I mean, it's only 30 cents a day in a one-month period.
     
  14. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    Country: UK
    Monthly Fee: £20/month
    Carrier: T-Mobile
    Description of plan details and how it works: 600 minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited internet

    Texts and mins can be used to any network at any time. ALSO it's a rolling sim only contract which means I can cancel the thing whenever I damn well want. I'm never going onto one of those 12 month + contracts again

    I've actually just cancelled that plan and am moving back to pay as you go for 2 weeks before I move to Austria for a while. Payg deal is:

    Tesco mobile (using O2's network). £15 top up gets me £45 worth of credit to use on anything and 5 favourite numbers have their call and text charges halved, making it 5p to text my boyfriend, 10p/min to call. Not baad
     
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    Country: New Zealand
    Monthly Fee: $41.95 (US$28)
    Carrier: Telecom XT
    Description of plan details and how it works: 50 national minutes, 150 national texts, and 20 MB included. International texts are 19c each, and those are the only "overage" I have in a typical month.

    This is my carrier's cheapest plan with roaming. Once I get back from the US I'll drop down to a cheaper NZ-only plan.
     
  16. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    That's a great deal. What's coverage like for T-Mobile?
     
  17. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    United States
    Sprint
    About $130 a month
    4 phones, unlimited data and texts, ~1500 minutes a month.
     
  18. yoyo5280 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Country: Japan
    Monthly Fee: ¥980 (10.38 USD) x 4
    Carrier: Softbank
    Description of plan details and how it works:
    Free unlimited calling to family, Free calls within Japan between 1AM and 9PM between soft-bank and disney mobile. Unlimited mail to handsets.

    Each line is 980¥. we have 4.

    Cheap plan, but once you start using data things can get well over ¥50,000 if you don't have the ¥0-5,000 packet plan.

    -Omi
     
  19. jmann macrumors 604

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    Country: USA
    Monthly Fee: $60.05
    Carrier: T-Mobile
    Description of plan details and how it works:

    300 minutes a month, unlimited calling to five people of my choosing, and Unlimited SMS & Data. That is with my 18% discount. :)
     
  20. yoyo5280 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Country: Canada
    Carrier: Rogers Wireless
    Monthly Fee: $54.97
    How it works:

    200 minutes, 500MB data, Vis. voicemail, caller ID, 10,000 text.

    $17.50 voice, $30 for the rest. $6.95 access fee, 5% tax, and 911 fee.
     
  22. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

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    Country: USA
    Monthly Fee: $200 (including taxes and all)
    Carrier: AT&T
    Description of plan details and how it works:

    This is for two lines sharing 1400 minutes. One line (mine) has iPhone data and unlimited texting. The other has iPhone data and 200 texts.

    It is really insane, but we both use our phones a lot (I mainly use data and texting, my mom more voice than data since it's her business phone) so it's worth it to us. We don't have Cable TV, so if you factor what that would usually cost, then the phone bill is a little bit more normal to us :p
     
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    ....with two data plans at that.

    I don't have a data plan because I can't afford it --- because I don't have the disposable income. At least I didn't before.

    Some people have a low pain tolerance. ;)

    It's just over-zealous use of the words 'screwed over'.



    Here's me:

    Carrier: Optus
    Country: Australia
    Type: Pre-paid
    Cost: $30.00 (or around $25 USD)
    Details of plan: It's a rip-off. I'm charged around $0.40 per 30 seconds of calling with a flag-fall of around $0.25 that gets tacked onto any outgoing call I make. So a 23 second phone call would cost me $0.65 AUD, or around ($0.55 USD).


    Actually, for $30, I get around $120 worth of phone calls. It's a VERY silly system they invented here so that plans are hard to compare. With this plan, they could have said $30 will get you $30 worth of phone calls, and then divided all the prices by a factor of 4. However, they decided on the bull**** method instead.

    Welcome to Australia.

    I'm going to get a $50/month (around $42 USD) plan soon, but that's with no data. By paying $50/month, I'll get around $300/month worth of calls per month. :rolleyes:



    I'm not going to include the details of my Canadian mobile account with FIDO. I only had it for a number of months.
     
  24. jmann macrumors 604

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    That's not expensive compared to the ghastly AT&T rates. I hardly ever talk on the phone, so it really worth it to me. :)
     
  25. Surely Guest

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    Here's mine:

    Country: USA
    Monthly Fee: $109.99 ($70 + $9.99 for the phones, plus $30 for the iPhone data plan)
    Carrier: AT&T
    Description of plan details and how it works: Family plan with 2 phones: One iPhone, one regular phone. We share 1000 daytime minutes plus 200 bonus daytime minutes (Total of 1200 shared). No text plan- usually our text costs are less than the minimum $5 plan.
     

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