Question regarding AT&T Data Plans

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kauai, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Kauai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2010
    Is there any downside to buying the $30 plan for 3GB of data and going overboard 2GB for an additional $20 in fees rather than just buying the $50 plan?

    Seems like the $50 plan is redundant to me if not.
  2. avr146300 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2012
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    I'm new to some of this data plan stuff but if u do the 5GB for $50 can't you then tether to other devices?? That might be an advantage to just paying the $50.
  3. eclipseblur954 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2011
    Didn't even notice that, i'd definitely sign up for that before they notice and increase the 3gb overages
  4. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    $50 plan has tethering included, so you can use your phone as a wifi hotspot. Other than that they are the same. $50 gets you 5GB on each plan.
  5. Kauai thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2010
    Yeah but on the 3GB plan you can save $10-$20 so for someone like me who wouldn't need to tether from my iPad ever it's a better deal.
  6. eclipseblur954 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2011
    Ahh i see, thanks for clearing that up
  7. hobbbz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    I had to bump to the higher phone plan so I didn't need a 4G iPad since I can just tether my phone for the same cost.
  8. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I agree. If tethering is not needed. $30 plan is the way to go. Even if tethering is needed $30 plan may still be the way to go if only occasional. You can add / remove the option as needed.
  9. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Double check the plans setup on prepaid data. They don't work like the post-paid plans.

    As I recall, you pay for the block and it autorenews when you either hit 30 days or hit the data limit.

    So let's say you use 1GB every 8 days. On a $30/3GB plan it'll renew when you hit the 3GB limit (in 24 days) then start the 3GB/30day counter again. Keep at it at the same rate and it'll kick over again; slow down and only use 1GB every 15 days and it'll renew after 30 days.

    Does that help?

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