iPhone onto existing family plan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JDMFSeanP, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. JDMFSeanP macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, I have searched and read through other threads on this same topic but needed a DIRECT answer to my questions.

    When adding to a family plan, does it automatically re-activate the plan for two years? Or can I just activate the phone, add the data plan, and use it?


    I'm going to buy a refurb now, should I wait to activate in May with my whole family (none of them have iphones)?

    It is only an extra 20 dollars to add the iphone onto the plan right?

    Can I jailbreak the iphone without activating it?

    Thanks for any help I can get guys! I'm going to be selling my 16gb Ipod Touch to get one of these, and get rid of my brick of a cingular 8125, hope this is worth it!
     
  2. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I can only answer...

    questions regarding the additional 2 year contract for that individual iPhone = Yes; and the $20 data plan = Yes. Others will advise you on the jailbreak stuff, since I'm not a jailbreak. Good Luck :cool:
     
  3. JDMFSeanP thread starter macrumors regular

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    So if I activate the iphone plan it will add two years?
     
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Yes, but that's just for the...

    individual with the iPhone; all the rest of the members on the Family Plan will remain on their current contracts. :cool:
     
  5. JDMFSeanP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah ok, that reactivation is just for ATT though right?

    So I could still switch phone sif I wanted?
     
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Yep, you can do what you want...

    but why not give AT&T a shot with your iPhone? :confused:
     
  7. JDMFSeanP thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm gonna be using the iphone for sure, I just want to know if I can swithc phones if needed.
     
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    AT&T treats each phone as a different account, so it will only be two years on the iPhone account. The great thing for present AT&T customers is there's no discount for the contract, so I'm essentially just extended my contract for a year (I have about 7-8 months left).
     
  9. Jayhawk85 macrumors member

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    it's an upgrade, so no new contract

    The contract applies to new wireless customers. Buying the iPhone outright is treated the same way as paying full price for a new phone. You don't get roped into a contract, but you're paying the whole cost of the phone rather than a subsidized phone along with a 2 year contract.

    I added my iPhone on to our family's plan, all it costs is the $20 a month on top of the $9.99 extra line, and there's not a contract on it. It's a great deal, and way cheaper than the Blackberry that I traded in for the iPhone.
     
  10. JDMFSeanP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, so thats cleared up, but jay when you added the iphone plan did it automatically add two years to your account? Or did your family plan just continue on as normal?

    We have like 4 months before ours expires, and I can't wait that long :p
     
  11. rjohnstone macrumors 68030

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    It doesn't "add" two years to your existing contract.
    If you have 4 months left, you will be extended out another 20 months.
    20+4 = 24 Months
    Not 2 years and 4 months.
    I was 21 months into my current AT&T contract when I got an iPhone.
    All it did was add an additional 21 months to my CURRENT contract.
    21+3 = 24 Months.
    The term is 2 years from activation date.
    Read the fine print... it's pretty well spelled out.
     
  12. JDMFSeanP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you.

    I'm just asking as my mom wants to extend it all at once.
     

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