unlimited data and AT&T next

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by impulse462, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. impulse462 macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    Hello all,

    My parents and I are all on one shared AT&T account, but with 2 plans however. I have my existing grandfathered unlimited data plan from way back in 07. My parents however got iPhones later (around the 4S) and are on a plan together.

    They originally had 2 year contracts, but now when they upgrade, they're prompted to use AT&T Next. If my parents upgrade via AT&T Next, will this affect my unlimited data account in anyway?

    Any feedback is appreciated.
  2. AYNOM macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2015
    Yes. This is A&T's slick of way of selling you a Mobile Share Value Plan that will put all of you on a shared data plan. Long before I gave up my unlimited data (barely use any data) this happened when my mom had upgraded.

    Are they upgrading in-person or online?
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    But the OP is not on the same plan, so it shouldn't affect the OP (plus doesn't AT&T allow for people to use Next and not change plans)?
  4. AYNOM macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2015
    Yes they do. I wasn't on the same plan either, but of course, if you're doing it in person they will tell you the generic... if you do this you'll save money blah blah blah.

    Either way, upgrade and it shouldn't be a problem, if it changes go on AT&T's chat and tell them there was a mistake with the upgrade and they'll fix it.
  5. impulse462 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    They talked to someone in person, but i told them not to do anything yet because i wasn't sure how it would affect my unlimited data. So you're telling me that if my parents upgrade via at&t next, then my unlimited data plan will become part of the "shared data" thing through next and I'll lose my unlimited data?
  6. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    I think he's implying that if they are the primary account owners, the people at the AT&T store could persuade and change the whole entire plan to a Mobile Share Value Plan, thus getting rid of your unlimited data plan.
  7. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Yeah, that happened to my friend. She had unlimited data plan, and her family was in the store, and they convinced them to change everyone's plan to MSV, thereby, she lost her unlimited plan because she did not even have time to object.
  8. Ghostbuster386 macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2014
    Orlando, FL
    It should not affect it but what they are saying is to make sure no one changes your plan.
  9. AYNOM macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2015
    Correct. And as I previously stated, I had to go online to get it corrected.

    Yes, but you can go online and get it corrected, they'll have to escalate it to someone who matters and all I said was the person in-store didn't inform me/one of the users that we would have to forfeit the grandfathered unlimited data and that it's absurd that they would do that given how long you've been with AT&T.

    So yeah, it's just imperative to make sure those commission based people don't try to screw you over for the sake of their numbers whether it's intentional or not.
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I also had the unlimited plan since 2007 and upgraded two weeks ago from a 5s on contact to a 6s+ on Next at Best Buy. I could have kept the unlimited plan, no problem. I think Next is independent of all that, it's just a finance plan for the phone itself.

    I got rid of the unlimited plan since I read the price was going up and I rarely use more than a few hundred MB of data per month. Going with the 2gb mobile share plan saved me quite a bit. But if you want to keep the unlimited plan and get a phone with Next, I don't think it will be a problem.
  11. impulse462 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    Ok, thanks for the info guys, I'll let my parents know. Cheers
  12. BentTable123 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2015
    Have your parents order online through at&t's website so they can keep their existing plan and upgrade with 2 year contracts. The old plans are usually cheaper and have more data then the new plans.


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