Carrier Opinions on monthly AT&T plan - Unlimited or stick with my current plan?

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  1. AMTYVLE, May 16, 2019
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    AMTYVLE macrumors 6502a

    AMTYVLE

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    Hello - For years I've have AT&T and really like them so I would like to stick with them. Anyway, I currently have the 32GB Monthly Data Plan with Data Rollover, with 2 iPhones on the plan, monthly bill is $216.86. Lately I've been using about 30GB a month and have gotten dangerously close to going over 32GB and being billed extra fees. I've been looking and AT&T has two Unlimited Data Plans and was thinking about maybe switching to one of those. The downside to that is, I currently save 22% on my bill every month because a past job I had offered a % off your monthly bill (it never stopped, even after I left that job :D) If I go to an Unlimited Data Plan, I lose that 22% savings on my bill each month (verified that with AT&T themselves).

    What do you guys think? Is it worth switching to one of their Unlimited Data plans? Which one (Unlimited & More OR Unlimited & More Premium)? Or would you just stick with the current plan - 32GB Data with Data Rollover and keep the 22% a month savings?

    I also have DirecTV Satellite and AT&T U-Verse Internet at home, so I'm pretty dedicated with AT&T. Also, with the Unlimited Plans, it says you get 35+ Live Channels included through DirecTV NOW, but hesitant on going with DirecTV NOW as I tried it a few months ago and it was very buggy.

    Sorry for the long post, and Thanks in advance!
     
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    You make no mention of what the new plan would cost. Just what you are saving right now.

    $216.86 sounds awfully expensive for two lines. Does that include monthly payments on the iPhones?

    T-Mobile One runs $120 (including taxes and fees) for two lines with unlimited data (reduced speeds after 50GB), Netflix and 20GB Tethering. With two base XS Max that comes to $182.50 per month. I don't know if taxes are also included in advertised phone payments.

    Looking at what AT&T offers in my area. It would be $125 a month (+taxes and fees) for AT&T's unlimited data (reduced speeds after 22GB), DirecTV 35 Channels and no tethering. With two base XS Max that would be $198.34 per month plus taxes and fees.

    They're just telecom companies. Assuming service quality in your area is similar. Why not go with the best offer?

    If it must be AT&T. After taxes and fees. Their doesn't appear to be much of any price difference between your current plan and a new unlimited plan. Assuming you are making phone payments. If not then a new plan is way cheaper. All that is better is no risk of overages. However, based off your current usage, you will be throttled every month.

    Make sure you are connected to WiFi at home. Also wherever you go regularly. If it is an option. Connect to WiFi. Then you don't have to worry so much about data. As long as you leave WiFi turned on. It'll connect at those places automatically.
     
  3. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    Be careful with the new unlimited plans. ATT talked me out of a grandfathered unlimited plan and to a new unlimited plan due to foreign travel add ons.

    What I found was the new unlimited plan was throttled at the get go. I ended up switching to a GB plan.
     
  4. AMTYVLE thread starter macrumors 6502a

    AMTYVLE

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    Good to know! Thanks for that! I think I'm probably just going to stick with my 32GB plan now.
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    Yes, that monthly price includes 2 iPhone XS Maxes. Also, the only time I use WiFi is at home or somewhere I trust like a friend's house. I avoid open public WiFi anymore because I just don't trust it. My Work only has Public WiFi and I refuse to join it because of stories I've heard from co-workers about it. Which is why I'm burning through data, mostly at work.
     
  5. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    ATT used to have an unlimited plan that had speeds of only 3Mbps but they don't have that any more. Speeds are NOT throttled out of the gate. They advertise that they may throttle after 22Gb on a single line. And they may throttle after 15Gb of tethering data. I've never noticed myself to be throttled. Don't know if my plan is currently available but I pay for 4 lines what you are paying for 2 and I get unlimited data, HBO and tethering. I'm glad I ditched the grandfathered plan years ago.
     

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  6. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    I had that unlimited plan at the end of 2018 and it was throttled at the start at the 3 Mbps download speeds. Hopefully it’s gone now - it was awful.
     
  7. VineRider macrumors regular

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    according to AT&T website, you can get the high tier unlimited plan, 2 phones, for 150. This would seem to be a better deal than 32gb for 216. Not sure what the taxes etc. are, or if you have phone payments on your bill, but this seems to be a better deal than what you have.

    The lower tier unlimited for 2 phones shows 125 for two lines.. You may want to jump up on their website and do some price comparisons.
     
  8. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    AT&T has two "unlimited" prepaid plans. If you set up auto-pay, one is $55/mo, the other is $75/mo.

    The $55/mo plan does allow unlimited data but for some things it throttles the speed. Specifically video. Max download speeds of video is about 4-4.5Mbps.
    It doesn't throttle data files though. You can get 60Mbps download speeds for data files. Although tethering isn't allowed on the $55 plan, tethering works. It's really easy to switch back & forth between the two prepaid plans on their website, so you can try either one and see how you like it.
     
  9. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    I have an AT&T unlimited+ plan and I’ve NEVER encountered throttling. Even when I went over the 25gb soft limit. The fine print says that above 25gb of usage that they MAY throttle. Although, when I do go over it was by 1-3 gb.

    I really like the unlimited. My monthly bill is rock solid repeatable every month and I never have to worry about what my kids are up too.
     
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    Have you considered using a VPN which utilizes AES-256 encryption. To encrypt everything while connected to a public WiFi.
     
  11. Renho macrumors 68000

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    i pay $220 for 2 phones unlimited, one $52.00 phone payment included with insurance on both for $9.00 each.
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    $24 payment for a phone, those must be ip 6's or 7's...Why am i paying the same as you with only 2 lines..........hmmmm
     
  12. Jdhommert macrumors member

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    I'd switch. I'm on a 20GB plan (originally a 10 that they doubled for free I think)

    6 phones and we pay 210 a month after tax
     
  13. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like the poster is paying for phones out of his $216, so a change to prepaid would require paying off the phones at the change. I don't know the poster's finances, since even if you have good money saving money isn't a bad thing :)
     
  14. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    That's not a payment for a phone. Phones are paid for. That's the line access fee. $20 + taxes.
     
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    When I was with ATT and I had the Unlimited Plus plan I used 620GB one month and I was NEVER throttled or slowed down. I think it’s rare this happens. I went way over the 22GB for at least 4 months on the plan with no issues.
     
  17. Glideslope, May 19, 2019
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    Glideslope macrumors 603

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    Long time AT&T Family Share Customer. Grandfathered 50g Mobil Share 4 lines was paying $220 a month.

    Had been wanting to lower our monthly bill for a while. 3g/9g Mobile Share plans were a no go as we average 35g of shared date per month.

    AT&T is great in our area, and we have been happy with them since they were Cingular. However I did get ahold of their department that can offer loyalty pricing for customers like us with over 20 years with them. I explained that we were looking at switching to T-Mobile.

    Ended up getting the standard Unlimited Plan for $120+$32 Tax/fees a month (4) lines with paperless, and auto-pay. Lost mobile hot spot ability, but never used it anyway.

    I notice no difference in my LTE speeds in areas I’m familiar with. We have gone over the 22g with no difference. The only difference I notice is if I’m in a large event like a stadium baseball, hockey, concert, etc... my LTE will be slower than it was prior to the switch. This was explained to me at the time of switching. This is eliminated with the Unlimited Premium. Given that I attend 4-5 such events per year it’s a non issue for me. None of the 4 lines use the TV Streaming function.

    So, in the end there was effort involved getting to the department to make a deal to retain me as a customer. It was not easy. However, I’m saving $70 a month now and 90% of the time notice no difference in LTE performance. It’s good where it was before, and not good where it was before regardless of how much data we have used.

    Good luck. ;)
     
  18. bushman4 macrumors 68020

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    Promotions are constantly changing at least once or twice a month. So you have to keep checking until you see one that meets your criteria
     

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