Is a family plan cheaper with respect to the iphone 4?

unagimiyagi

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Hello,

If I want 2 iphones, will getting the cheapest family plan be cheaper than buying two individual lines?

I actually do not care about the voice minutes. We'd use about 450 a month combined at most.
 

iHalo

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Sep 14, 2008
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My family has a family plan for 5 iPhones. I believe this is how it breaks down.

$30 a month for data per phone (unlimited)
$30 a month for unlimited texting on ALL PHONES ($6 per phone)
$10 a month for each additional line.

Then we have one phone with the minutes and stuff.
 

unagimiyagi

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Jun 9, 2009
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OK, thanks. On the AT&T site, I kept pricing family plans for the iphone and did not think that I was saving any money.

Question: if I got the Palm Pre or an Android phone on a family plan, then would I be saving money? Is the iphone more expensive than other smartphones on AT&T? One AT&T store guy said no, all smartphones are priced the same, but I never believe store reps.
 

serialtoon

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Jul 1, 2009
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you do save money, but mostly on the voice plan, not really the data. Texting is a bit cheaper as well. Nothing major though.
 

Goldinboy17

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Jun 21, 2010
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OK, thanks. On the AT&T site, I kept pricing family plans for the iphone and did not think that I was saving any money.

Question: if I got the Palm Pre or an Android phone on a family plan, then would I be saving money? Is the iphone more expensive than other smartphones on AT&T? One AT&T store guy said no, all smartphones are priced the same, but I never believe store reps.
All smartphones are the same. The unlimited texting for families is $30, no matter what phone you use. Any smartphone will need a $15 or $25 data plan, dumb phones are cheaper data wise.
 

spotz770

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Feb 8, 2010
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If I combine my gfs line and my own into a family plan, will we be able to keep unlimited data?
yes...I just did this.

instead of 39.99 each, it's 59.99 for the two of us.

I kept my unlimited with my upgrade and family plan conversion.
 

zhenya

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It is cheaper. You can get 550 combined minutes for $59.99. Add in two 2gb data plans at $25/each, and you are at $110/month. The cheapest individual plan is $39.99/month for 450 minutes. Two of those plans, plus your data is $130/month. Yeah, you get more minutes, but if you are like us, and won't even use the 550 minutes, what's the point? If you want to add unlimited messaging, you save another $10/month as you pay $30 on the family plan compared to $20/each on the individual plans.

I don't see what's so hard about this - it seems pretty clear on AT&T's web site.