Total plan confusion...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SecretNY, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. SecretNY macrumors member

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    Okay, I have had an iPhone starting with the 3G with Unlimited data. I've always upgraded to the new phone every year since I like getting the latest tech. Now that ATT won't give upgrades early I decided to buy a phone for my mother (5s) and swap sims.

    So my question (which I couldn't find the answer to searching) is how can I do this? And, I don't want to give up my unlimited data?

    Do I add a line? Individual or Family plan? (ATT makes this so confusing).

    Does a added line use the same data or do I purchase a separate data plan?

    Finally, does the new line essentially get it's own 2 year contract (so in a sense I will always have a line getting an upgrade since next year my line is due?)

    Thanks. Sorry if this was answered in one of the hundreds of posts...
     
  2. sydia21 macrumors regular

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    You can add a line and do a cross upgrade. If you are ordering at an AT&T store they can swap the sims for you.
    It'll probably be easier if you do a family plan. The second line will need a data plan but that doesn't affect your unlimited data unless you move to a mobile share plan which you don't want to do.
    And the new line does start it's own two year contract.
    I do the same thing with my Mother in laws line that is on my plan and I upgrade yearly.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. karmatourer macrumors 6502a

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    Add a dummy line for $10 and upgrade every year.No phone needed for dummy line.
     
  4. SecretNY thread starter macrumors member

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    So to clarify, when ordering the 5s, it will allow me to add a line to my existing account? Sorry for being slow, this is new to me.

    If I switch to a family plan, does that screw with my Unlimited data plan? As I'm terrified to lose it, I don't want to click the wrong button.

    Thanks.

    Also, I don't want to add a dummy phone since my mother does need a cell phone for limited use and Facetime with the grand kids.
     
  5. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    No need for a dummy line as you made it clear you were buying your Mother a phone.

    Buy her a new phone and line. Then swap sims. People do this all the time. The 2 year contract is actually tied to the phone number. If your throw the 5s in the trash next week, you still have 2 years on the contract.
     
  6. SecretNY thread starter macrumors member

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    nostress, do you add a line as an individual or family? How does that affect the data plan? Is it shared or separate?

    Thx
     

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