Upgrade to 5S with AT&T - Keeping Unlimited Data Plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by uncdwm, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. uncdwm macrumors member

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    Dec 30, 2008
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    I currently have an AT&T family talk plan with 1 blackberry and 1 dump phone and pay ~$130/mth all in for 1400min with a business premier discount, too many rollover minutes to count, and 1000 regular texts/mth on the one phone (not picture messages). I plan to upgrade my Blackberry to the iPhone 5S when it comes out.

    I chatted with an AT&T rep online and they said I can upgrade to the 5S and keep my unlimited data plan as long as I don't change rate plans to the Mobile Share. However, I have a couple questions to help me decide if I should keep my unlimited data or switch to the new Mobile Share Plans which will save some money...


    1) How do I actually purchase the iPhone and switch if I want to upgrade and keep same rate plan? Directly through Apple, call AT&T and order, etc.? Are there benefits of going through Apple vs. AT&T (taxes, price, availability/wait time, etc.)?

    2) Does my old unlimited data plan include free tethering/hotspot? My blackberry didn't have that option but the iPhone does, don't think they can only provide tethering/hotspot if I switch to Mobile Share Plan?

    3) The unlmited talk and text includes picture messages? I end up paying a couple extra bucks on my bill when people send me picture messages, and this month I went $5-10 over on regular texts too even though I pay $15 for the 1000 texts plus the dumb phone doesn't have a text plan

    4) It will be about the same price or actually somewhat cheaper for us to switch to the Mobile Share plan get get 2gb-4gb of data but also includes unlimited texting for both phones. Does it make sense to keep my unlimited data (don't use that much now but I have a crappy blackberry) or switch to the Mobile Share plan?

    5) When AT&T says I can keep my data plan, I can upgrade with the subsidized price vs. having to pay full retail right (assuming same as it was for the iPhone 5)?
     
  2. paulyeo macrumors member

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    Jul 1, 2013
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    1. You can purchase the iPhone at any Apple and AT&T store/online. You will be able to keep the same rate plan (grandfathered unlimited data). I've always had my phone on launch day via ordering directly from Apple.com

    2. The AT&T grandfathered unlimited data plan doesn't include personal hotspot. You can only get personal hotspot via mobile share plan if you're on a family plan.

    3. You could get the 700 minutes family plan, and add the $30 unlimited family messaging plan including pics AND unlimited mobile to any mobile. it would save you some money and you get unlimited mobile to any mobile calling.

    4. read #3

    5. once your contract is up, you can upgrade to any phone and keep the unlimited data plan.
     

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