Question about data plan.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mikeyiphone, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. mikeyiphone macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    I currently have an Original 8GB iPhone on the edge network. I am eligible for the upgrade to the 3GS at the discounted price but my question is more about the data plan.

    I currently have the iPhone data plan + 1500 texts at 30 dollars a month, which i think is a fair deal.

    When i went to pre order on apple and ATT through there website I noticed that the data plan is 30 dollars and a text plan for 1500 mintues is 15 dollars.

    So if i want to upgrade i basically have to spend an extra 15 dollars a month?

    I know there was some angry customers when the iPhone was upgraded to 3G about an extra 10 dollars cause of the speed but has it increased again?

    Also i though there was word that ATT may actually drop the price of the data plan. Any chance of that happening?

    This is my first post thanks in advance and nice to meet everyone!!
  2. Decrepit macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
    I'm in the same boat. One side of me says that skipping the 3G was a great idea since the 3GS seems so much better (especially since 3G coverage wasn't available in my area at all anyway).

    But I am half tempted to just wait until they announce their tether plans and see if the plans change.
  3. saDeRmac macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    The 3G data plan has always been $30 and any texting package would be added alacarte.
    As far as the drop in price... no signs as AT&T raised the 3G plan to be in accordance to all other PDA plans.
  4. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    Yes, from what I can remember, the 1st Gen iPhone data plan was $20 dollars, and the ur text plan was $10 dollars more. So your new plan will be $30 plus $15 for 1500 Text.
  5. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    I am actually really disappointed, like you Decrepit, i skipped the 3G cause I didn't think the added feature of 3G speed was worth the upgrade (I mean 200-300 for a phone plus an extra 120 a year for the data plan makes it 320-420 just for faster Internet) no thanks, Wifi is everywhere now and its free in most areas.

    This really blindsided me, i figured the plan would stay the same.

    Anyone know if those free text messages apps are a good substitute for a 1500 text message plan lol
  6. Lou142 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Data plan for the newbie

    Hey everyone,

    I am switching over to AT&T from verizon. I understand that the base data plan for the iPhone is $30. However, this plan does not give you unlimited data correct? I currently pay $30 for my data plan on my Omnia, and have unlimited data. So, how much data usage am I allowed under ATT's $30 data plan?

    As for rumors of a $20 dollar data plan on ATT, all the articles I've read make mention of a $20 LIMITED data plan. Anyone else read it the same way? In this context, does this mean that the current $30 plan is unlimited - since a cut to the current plan would be categorized as a LIMITED plan? Did I just answer my own question?
  7. Singin Hobo macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Currently all data plans offered by AT&T for the iPhone are unlimited, though they do not include texts in that. You can puchase 200, 1500, or unlimited texting plans.
  8. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    It's unlimited up to 5 GB
  9. Lou142 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009

    Hmm.. could you put your statement into context, such as a common/general function on the iPhone (downloading music, photos, etc.). The 5GB is throwing me off. Thank you.
  10. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Basically, when there are threads asking "how much data do you use per month" the answers on this board tend to range from 0.5-3 GB, at the most.

    It's probably POSSIBLE to hit 5 GB, but I haven't seen anyone around here admit to it. It would be pretty hard.

    Remember, Wifi doesn't count. I probably use about 1 GB a month on AT&T and another 1-2 GB on Wifi. So I don't even come close to the limit.
  11. mrtune macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I bet 99.5% of users don't ever even reach 1GB of data transfer on their phones, especially considering the phone has wifi, which doesn't count against you.

    I spend quite a bit of time on the internet (mostly reading this site) while on my iphone and the occasional youtube, and I very rarely even go over 500mb.

    Sure you have those power users who play on youtube or stream video/music off the internet 8 hours a day, for the whole month, but they are the extreme minority.
  12. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    The $15/month extra has nothing to do with the speed.

    The $15/month extra is because AT&T is giving you a $400 discount off of the price of the phone.

    When you bought the original iPhone, you paid full price -- $399. AT&T did not discount the price of the phone. Instead, they created a special, cheaper data/text plan for the original iPhone.

    With the iPhone 3G/3GS, the full price is $599. AT&T resells the phone for $199. Since they discounted the full price of the iPhone 3G/3GS, they're not doing a special, cheaper data/text plan.

    Going back to speed, AT&T still sells phones that can't use 3G, and they get charged $30/month for data, and $15 for unlimited text. So there is no discount based on speed.
  13. TomInOregon macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    That's an interesting take on it. If they would officially explain it this way and offer the lower cost data plan for anyone willing to pay the unsubsidized cost, that would make sense. As it is however, if you bought a $599 3G or 3GS, they would still charge you $30 and $15.
  14. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yeah, it would be great if they had a cheaper data plan for people who don't get any discount off of the phone's price! Customers in that situation really lose/lose. :(
  15. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    The way you break it down does make sense and seems fair. The thing is i rather have the plan discounted cause that plan can go on for years, whereas the iPhone will come out with another version year after year. Also i have a better chance of getting some type of discount on a iPhone (ebay,craigslist, hand me down etc) as opposed to getting a discounted dataplan/text package.

    Im going to call up ATT and see if i can downgrade my minute plan, will i lose my rollover minutes. If i can keep my three thousand roll over minutes then maybe ill do that. Ill actually save 5 bucks.
  16. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    Im going to call up ATT and see if i can downgrade my minute plan, will i lose my rollover minutes. If i can keep my three thousand roll over minutes then maybe ill do that. Ill actually save 5 bucks.[/QUOTE]

    If i downgrade then i lose all of the rollover minutes with the exception of 450 minutes.
  17. saDeRmac macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2008
    The regular (non-tethering) iPhone plan is UNLIMITED; there is no soft cap. Now if you do have irregular usage, there is a flag thrown in the system.
  18. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    Has something changed recently? I know most of AT&Ts data plans have a 5GB cap, but the iPhone never did have that cap stated in the agreement. I remember there being a number of threads on this topic.

    Edit: Doh! I somehow missed the post above mine!
  19. Cartoonkid macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2009
    Costa Mesa, CA
    A friend of mine downgraded his plan a couple of years ago, and was able to keep all of his rollover minutes.

    Hopefully that policy didn't change and you're able to keep yours.

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