Personal Apology to all you UNLIMITED and bashing NEXT!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wesselya, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. wesselya macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012
    I wanted to apologies for saying ATT next plan is stupid and 2 year contract is the only way to go. I was grandfathered on two of my lines on unlimited plans and I was paying close to 180-$190 for 3 line old family plan.

    I was hard headed and set that UNLIMITED WAS THE BEST! After seeing that I maybe use 4GB myself and my other two lines barely use any data. All three of us peak at maybe 6GB.

    Mobile share brings me down to $120 a month with my discount. I couldn't justify Unlimited!

    I still hate the fact that I need to pay full retail on the NEXT plan for a phone but honestly the carrier shoves it down your throat if you want to play the I have unlimited game or 2 year discount price and you cant take it away from me!

    YOU WIN AT&T! I hope your happy Another customer canceled his Unlimited plan!

    I might buy one device on next and wait till craigslist starts selling the 6 at 400-$500.

    Cant justify unlimited unless u MAX out 5 GB each month!

  2. golfdude macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2005
    I was same way, I was clutching on to my unlimited plan just pissing money away. I switched last week and now saving $50 per month on my bill. Sold my 5s and 5 for total of $700, picked up two new 6's, roughy netted out.
  3. mellofello macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2011
    What happens when you start using more data? Especially with these bigger iPhones I expect people to have a huge uptick in data usage. When I went from iPhone 5, to note 2 I jumped from 3gb per month, to 8gb per month. Basing usage on historical habits before you have a phablet may lead to a rude surprise when you open that AT&T bill.

    I will hang onto my unlimited plan.
  4. jpeg42 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Do you mean because a bigger screen equals higher resolution videos? Point is kinda moot because you are throttled after 5GB anyways which makes it impossible to stream HQ videos.

    I am still on my grandfathered plan with my wife. But only because for two phones there is not much benefit to NEXT. If we add a third, then I am jumping too.
  5. golfdude macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2005
    I think its $10 per Gig over. Personally I don't go a lot of places that don't have wifi. NFL games can chew up data. But, in the past year I haven't had one month over 4Gig.
  6. iRobby, Sep 26, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2014

    iRobby macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Fort Myers, FL USA
    Going with NEXT and keeping Unlimited

    I am currently a single line Grandfathered AT&T User. Purchased first iPhone 3GS via AT&T Unlimited. I have always upgrade on the S cycle.

    My bill is $101.00 Unlimited Data including taxes and fees

    I contemplated the NEXT program in the spring time. Thought i could change plans and get the new iPhone when it came out this year. Doing the math it didn't seem bill would've gone up to $170 including 10GB rate and new phone installment.

    HOWEVER, once the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was launched I learned that I am able to switch to a NEXT upgrade program without changing my Unlimited Plan to a Mobile Share Plan.

    So My bill remains at $101 and only additional price is for the phone each month.

    So I have been trying to purchase a iPhone 6 Plus Space Gray 64GB w/ NEXT and my Unlimited.

    Only problem the whole transaction has to take place in the store in order to get NEXT. Therefore I cannot purchase online and pick up at store.

    It's either purchase and wait 3-4 weeks online or keep going to the Apple Store for inventory. Haven't had much luck.
  7. ssls6 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013

    I dropped my unlimited plan as well. Locked into a high rate compared to what the competition was forcing on tiered plans. Unable to hot spot my unlimited. Throttled when over 5GB which I was never above's a phone and I have an unlimited iPad data plan for $29 anyway.

    Now I'm on the 2GB plan and if I go over then $10/GB. It will save me money even in the months I go over.

    The limits put on "unlimited" made it very limited from my point of view. I finally woke up and said "what's the point"
  8. circa7 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    Howd you save so much? I have unlimited and its telling me that if I switch to 6gb Ill only save ~$10/m.

    I use about 4gb-6gb per month, one time I went 7gb last year. Am I missing something and its worth it to switch? Or should I stick to unlimited?
  9. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    I just ditched my unlimited plan too because they had been throttling me monthly for the last four months. Ended up moving the 4 lines to a 20GB mobile value plan and our bill is looking much cheaper and should more than cover our data needs. I was essentially paying for an expensive 5GB limited plan.
  10. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    i'd rather pay $10 a month for spotify or google music premium or go to t-mobile for streaming than pay more $$$ for unlimited. if you stream porn you can download it and then put it on your phone for offline playback
  11. wesselya thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012
    I don't stream that much and when I do i'm at home on my Wifi. Most places have Wifi for heavy usage but for normal use we should be good on 10GB for 3 lines. Worst case Ill bump it up to 15GB for an extra $22.

    Jeez $101 for one line. That's why my brother is on our plan. I got sick of him paying so much for a single line. ATT loves all you single plan users and that's why they started all those Framily plans.

    I hate paying $58 per line. Call me cheap but most places around the world do not charge so much for cell phone usage.

    Where does the madness end :). beg your parents to add you to share data plan and split the bill with them. they wont use data anyway and it will save them money.
  12. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    2 second guide right here to see if AT&T Next is worth it vs keeping your unlimited plan.

    1 or 2 line account = stay on unlimited
    3+ lines = AT&T Next will save you monthly
  13. ToucheAmore macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2014
  14. Roland Deschain macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2014
    I have 8 iPhones on a family share 10GB plan. AT&T automatically switched us over to the NEXT plan in February, saving us $120 per month ($360 down to $240 per month). Most of the people on our plans aren't upgrading phones (they are in their 60s and quite content with their iPhone 4S / 5), so it makes a world of sense for us to be on the lower priced plan. The only time we have come near the data cap is when my YouTube & Netflix loving nephew ends up off wifi for a few weeks at college, and he knows he has to pay the $15/GB overage charge. That makes him more careful. Otherwise, it acts effectively as an unlimited plan for us. I gave up two unlimited data lines a couple years ago to turn on tethering on our iPhones and I haven't regretted it (other than perhaps I should have sold the unlimited data lines). Obviously this is specific to each person, but when I really sat down and crunched the numbers, it just made a lot more sense to be on the NEXT plan for us.
  15. wesselya thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012
    On unlimited? if its ATT they throttle you. If its T mobile then I understand but they have ****** service where I live and LTE is not as fast.


    AMEN brother! took me a while to do the math and im an accountant :)
  16. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I mean, this is cool and all for you, but a lot of us still need unlimited. Throttling isn't nearly as bad as some have said, but I wouldn't know exactly because I'm on Verizon. I use about 10GB+ a month.

    I will definitely be holding onto my Unlimited from Verizon, and once they get me off, I'll be on T-Mobile where at least they offer better plans and pricing.
  17. wesselya thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Verizon is one of the most expensive carriers. I preferred ATT because you can talk Text and surf at the same time. I mean how many times do you wants to use GPS and talk while you drive and order something from Ebay or Amazon.

    I would sign up for Verizon because all their phones are factory unlocked but $$$ wouldn't make sense. I would switch to T mobile too but I have no service.

    I don't use that much data. I don't follow sports and most places that I heavily use data have Wifi.

    Wish I had a reason for unlimited but I don't... Im sure in the near future when cost comes down they will come back. For now its not needed. I have a family member on my mobile share that maybe uses 1GB and my wife uses 2-3. Still leaves me with 6-7 GB a month!


    I am not sure about this BTW. Most people like the unlimited Idea but don't use it.
  18. ToucheAmore macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2014

    Nope, Verizon. Throttling supposedly starts in October so we'll see how that goes.
  19. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Clearly it's true a lot of people still need unlimited because a lot of people have the plans and post about them (especially here). I'm not saying 90 percent of the world does, but a lot of us are away from wifi a lot and have strenuous data use and habits, especially when one HD movie can take up nearly a whole month's worth of bandwidth within two hours.
  20. wesselya thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012

    I agree but there is always ways around it. You can download at home vs streaming. If you really wanted to save money you could switch plans and manage. but if you wanted to be free as a bird I guess you could stick it to the man and stay with unlimited.

    If you have time to stream a 2 hour movie you have 12 minutes time to download it to your phone.

    I get the whole live spots thing because there is no way around it. but for music and other streaming purposes there are ways around unlimited!

    Save money! Live happy. ^&*^&* Walmart.
  21. jonfarr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2012
    I just want to add, even when you buy a phone at a discount (subsidized) locking you in on a 2 year contract, you are STILL paying full price for the phone. You pay the subsidized price up front and the rest is factored into your 2 year plan. That's why you have to pay a fee to cancel early.

    That is why next and these other plans save you money on the per line price. I know Att goes from $40 per line on 2 year contract to $15 a line when off contract. MAJOR difference.
  22. chakraj macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2008
    So Cal

    Or you could pay T mobile $70. and get unlimited LTE. I use about 30 to 40 gigs a month every month, never been throttled.

    And Tmobile has the fstest LTE service in So Cal where I am. :) Thats why I left Verizon for them twice as fast.
  23. golfdude macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2005
    I have 3 devices, the 2 iPads alone dropped from $25 per month to $10. That right there was $30. The savings on dropping the unlimited to share plan was $20, maybe $30, can't recalled now. My other phone is paid for by my conpany. Plus I get 23% discount on my plan.
  24. wesselya thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Yes and no because you are arguing that we will cancel before the 2 year contract. generally speaking Mobile share is the way to go because as you mention they give you a discount for going the NEXT way or being out of contract.

    That's why "I said way to go att" like any good sales person they usually come up with 2-3 different plan that end up being the SAME. ATT just became car salesmen and they are doing a great job!
  25. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    I'm so glad I switched to T-Mobile on a family plan. 2 unlimited lte lines and one 3gb line for $160 a month. I can used data as I wish, about a gig a day when I'm not at home. I can launch all my streaming apps without even thinking about it. I can't do without unlimited anymore.

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