Thinking/Wishing about getting iPhone...AT&T Family Plan????

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zagato27, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. zagato27 macrumors 65816

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    Gosh, I feel reallllllly stoooooopid asking this question but here goes. I have a AT&T family plan with four phones (mine, wife's, daugher, and son...all SE W810's). I've had this plan for over 2 yrs and would love to upgrade to iPhone's for all. I know that I would have to purchase the data plan and wouldn't mind a reasonable increase in my rates but if I have to get a data plan for each of the four phones that would be too costly. So, my question is: does AT&T offer a family data plan that would cover four iPhones or would I have to get a data plan for each phone. I'm so :confused:
    Thanks in advance. Cheers
     
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    No, the data plan has to be purchased for each iPhone. That is the $30 data plan for each phone. Only minutes and SMS can be shared.
     
  3. zagato27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So, an additional $120/month(4 phones @ $30/month).....plus the cost of 4 iPhones......YIKES! Ok, just too rich for me. Have to wait til I'm down to only 2 cell phones;) (me and she). Cheers
     
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Yeah on the Family Plan, the first phone would be about $70 and the other phones would be $9.99 plus the $30 data plan. Then if you add family messaging, that's another $30 so it can get very expensive simply because it's an iPhone with a required data plan. BlackBerrys would be the same way.
     
  5. cjm3113 macrumors 6502

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    You would not need to make all 4 iPhones. Just to throw another option out there. You could stay on the family plan with all 4 and choose to add only 1 or 2 iPhoens and then you would only have to add 1 or 2 data plans respectively.
     
  6. Rob Mclovin macrumors 6502

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    Why dont you and your wife just get one or just for yourself. Would doubt that the kids all need iphones too, that would be to much money.
     
  7. Barbs macrumors 6502

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    only way I would add kids to my family plan with iphones is if they helped pay for some of the cost. That way they will also respect the device more and I would hope be more careful about misplacing it or destroying it.

    I would say 14 is the youngest age I'd get a child an iphone. Either they helped pay for their phone by baby sitting or paper routes.

    No free rides. It teaches kids the opposite lesson that you want them to learn in life.
     
  8. Rob Mclovin macrumors 6502

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    Ehh id go at the max 16 if i had a kid. 14 there still immature. At 16 they can start working.
     
  9. zagato27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, both kids are in college, so they're old enough. Paper routes might be a bit of a stretch:) Their full time job is getting good grades to maintain their scholarships. I'll think about it though.
     
  10. beeh macrumors regular

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    If they're on scholarship sounds like they are responsible kids? I'd get them iPhones and not worry about the cost, they're probably saving you way more than what you would spend on their phones. It is almost Christmas anyway!

    Although, maybe you should just get yourself one to try it out and make sure it would be worthwhile before taking the plunge for the rest of the family. :)
     
  11. zagato27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Excellent point! Responsible kids....definitely! Yes, to the saving too. However, things can be tight with two kids in college at the same time.

    What an idea! Arrrrrrgggggghhh, don't think everyone would understand though:)
     
  12. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

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    get your own iphone, and one for your wife if she wants one. the kids are old enough that they can pay for their data plan if they want iphones.

    i didn't have a phone until i was 18 and paid for it myself. i had to work hard to pay for my phones and plans over the year. (working 2 jobs, going to college, and on scholarships). If they are responsible kids, they can manage $30-40 a month.
     
  13. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    Have you thought of going with a Tmobile family plan? You could buy the iphones(maybe first gen ones for the kids to save money) then just use them with Tmobile.


    Unlimited EDGE data would be $24 per month per phone.

    IMO the iphone is still a great device to have even if you don't have data. Its basically your simple phone+iTouch all in one.
     
  14. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Uh...that's $4 more than unlimited EDGE for AT&T, plus AT&T comes with 200 free text.

    Great idea, let's pay more and switch!
     
  15. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    Tmobile will treat it as an unsupported phone so you won't have to get data like you do on ATT.


    If he doesn't need data on all the phones, as I was reccomending.
     
  16. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Might as well just get a Touch...and spend half the $400.
     
  17. Rob Mclovin macrumors 6502

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    AT&T doesnt do the 200 free texting. Its 5 bucks a month now.
     
  18. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

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    they do if you don't get the 3G iPhone. The original iPhone still uses the old EDGE data plan ($20 for unlimited data and 200 txt).
     
  19. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    Or if they need cellphones they could get iPhones and not have to lug around two devices?
     
  20. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    Or they could save $400 and deal with the extra couple of ounces...
     
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    Try to get a FAN discount on your AT&T plan so you could save some extra money.
     
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    What is a FAN discount? How does one get it?
     
  23. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    I think your underestimating how much carrying around a couple extra ounces around is. Realistically they wouldn't end up carrying around a cell phone and an itouch, and having one device is allot easier to deal with.
     
  24. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    seriously, why would you buy an used iphone at $400 and not have data subscription.
     
  25. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    Because data is really expensive. The iphone is still a nice device to carry around without having data.
     

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