iPhone users with family plans, level with me...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by smg9779, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. smg9779 macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2009
    How much do your iPhones cost monthly and how much did you pay for the actual phones? My wife and I are seriously considering getting a couple of iPhones on a family plan but the monthly charges just seem outrageous. We are current AT&T customers, not upgrade eligible so I've been told in the past, who pay 50-55 bucks a month on a family plan. I'm not expecting to get an iPhone for this amount monthly, but 2X-3X more just seems crazy. So, after doing some research, I'm looking at $399 for a new 16gb iPhone 3GS for the wife and $499 for a 32gb one for myself. $900 bucks plus tax brings the total to about $1000 just for the hardware?! Are you freaking kidding me? As for plans, the cheapest is 129.99 plus $10/month for 200 texts, so thats about $140.00/month for two lines, does that sound about right? Can I get an individual plan for $69.99 and then add a second iPhone line for $9.99 + $30 for data? Is this possible? Anyways, I'm really just looking for the cheapest ways get two iPhones on a family plan. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  2. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    family plan is 59 for 2 phones
    2x30 for the data plans
    $30 for unlimited messaging
    About $160 a month
    My bill per month for 2 iphones and a non-smart phone with unlimited is about $170
  3. DavieBoy macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2009
    New Jersey
    For 2 iPhones with 700min and unlimited texts it runs me 150 a month. I get some sort of discount for working for a school.
  4. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2008
    ~$300 a month.

    4 phones (3 iphones), 3 data plans, 1 unlimited family texting plan.
  5. Sirobin macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2008
    I have an iPhone, with unlimited texting, plus two basic phones on my plan, 700 minutes, and it's like $140-$150 a month.
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    What do you expect 2 tiny computers to cost? They'd be $1,300 + tax without AT&T's help. They're bringing them down to $900 + tax in exchange for their monthly fees.

    I agree that AT&T is expensive, but why are you complaining about the hardware costs? That's the one part that makes the most sense in all this.

    Oh, and we pay $130.74 per month for 2 iPhones here. (Actually $147.67 minus a $16.90 work discount.)
  7. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    5 lines.. 2 iphone 3gs, 1 blackberry bold, 1 samsung flip, 1 sony ericson

    1400 mins + 200 bonus per line + a-list (10 numbers unlimited calling) = $80.00 - 25% + $40 (4 lines..) = $100 for voice.


    unlimited family text/mms = $30


    3 family web data plans (iphone, iphone, blackberry bold... yes medianet works perfectly fine on the iphones/berrys) = $30


    $160.00 + tax

    so under $180 every month.
  8. bluedukies8 macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2009

    If you are not eligible for upgrade you will pay more for the iPhone. Find out when you are and maybe smarter to wait it out a couple of months (if you can). Sucks but how bad do you want it? There are other ways to get one cheaper, but personally I would rather buy new and know there are no problems.

    As far as plans there is a plan that will give you 550 minutes (can have 3 lines max) for $59.99 add $30 a piece for each iPhone and then 200 texts each your at $129.99. I don't know if 550 minutes would be enough the next plan up is 700 minutes and total it would be $139.99. Only a $10 for 150 more minutes.

    Your idea of a single line plan then adding a line for $9.99 is not possible. As soon as you add the second line to the plan it turns it to a family plan. You can't share the $30 data plan. It is $30 per iPhone.

    The best bet to lower your bill is to see if you or your wife would qualify for a company discount where you work. The easiest way to find out is either through AT&T's website (you can check by your work email) or you can ask a rep at your local AT&T store. Lots of companies have discounts that people aren't aware of. They range in percentages but any little bit helps. With the discount you get it off the BASE price of the family plan and off the $30 iPhone data plans.

    The plans may seem pricey compared to the phones and the plan you have now, but think about all that you can and will do on the iPhone. You are getting a lot more and functionality with the iPhone. You WILL use the phone more.

    I used to work for AT&T and still have friends there so I can pretty much answer any questions you may have.;)
  9. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    3 iPhones with Unlimited S/MMS and 900 minutes.

  10. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    tbh people who work for att are trolls, there are sooo many ways to get around the high costs of att. most employees dont know jack. ex.. ways to cheat the discount system and so on.. u'd be better off reading thru various ways people work the system rather then asking an employee, no offense to the post who says he worked at att at one time but where i live the att employees here are STUPID.. they claim certain things cant be done and wont work no matter what you do yet i prove them wrong countless times, i learned alot from here and trial and error.
  11. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    $120 a month total
    2x iPhone Data plans
    1x Family Unlimited Text Msg plan
    450mins bla bla bla

    Yes, I have it at a discount from my previous employer and loving the discounted dataplan.
  12. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009

    2 phones
    800 min/59.99 plan + 9.99
    2 data plans
    1 - 200 message plan
    1 - unlimited message plan

    FAN discount of 15%
  13. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    700 family shared
    2 data plans
    unlimited family text
    $173.51 month.

    A lot for cell service but I don't have a home line so it makes the monthly bill easier.
  14. lathem macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2009
    I pay $251/month (including a 15% military discount) for five phones (two are iPhones), 2100 shared minutes, and unlimited family texting.
  15. lenard macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    $175 - Total
    3 iphones
    3x $30 data
    3x $5 200 msg plans
    with a corporate discount mixed in there.
  16. countrydweller macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2009
    How do you get two iphones and one BB bold data plans for $30 total, they are $30 each usually?
  17. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    You don't.
  18. kicko macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    1400 min
    200 texts per phone
    2 data plans
    = avg. $160 per month

    after taxes with work discount.

    with all the free txt options i was considering 86'ing the text plans save $10

    if you have both phones sharing the same itunes account you can install apps on both.
  19. gendaito macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2009
    My wife's employer recently became a corporate AT&T account. This gave her a 24% AT&T FAN discount. The only way for me to get the 24% discount was for her to set up a family plan & add my line. Without the 24% discount I couldn't see any advantage to having a family plan for just two people. Perhaps if you had more than two lines it might be worth it.
  20. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    i have family data plans @ $10.00 each, they work just fine, on the iphone you loose VVM, on the blackberry you loose PUSH, so to get around this i use youmail on iphone and gmail on blackberry.
  21. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I have 2 iPhones and a Motorola Q9.

    1,400 family share minutes
    2 iPhone 2g data plans
    unlimited family texting

    This is usually around $190 per month.
  22. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    1400 Min- 80
    2 iPhones- 30+39.99
    1 regular Phone- 9.99
    unlimited text- 30
    19% discount- -24
    Plus taxes-

    I'm about 173.50 a month
  23. STITCHES macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    On my plan:
    2 iPhones, 1 "dumb" phone
    $9.99 add a line x 2
    $30 data plans x 2
    550 minutes
    unlimited family text - $30
    + Texas state employee discount.

    about $160 a month.
  24. dave.h.3g macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2008
    1100 minutes
    +4 added lines@$10
    +unlimited text@$30

    comes out to about $180/month
  25. smg9779 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2009
    Thanks for the info everyone. My wife and I made the jump. My wife got a 16gb 3GS and I got a 32gb 3GS. 550 shared minutes, 200 texts/month, unlimited data for both, $113/month before tax. My wife has a corporate discount of 15% plus no activation fee, so that helped soften the blow. So, is this iPhone gonna change my life?

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