Which would you choose... Tethering or Unlimited Messaging?

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  1. IndianaiPhone macrumors regular

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    So, I'm trying to decide which plan I should go with. Here are my choices:

    Messaging Plan:
    -Voice: $39.99
    -Unlimited Data: $30.00
    -Unlimited Messaging: $20.00
    -Total......................... $89.99

    Tethering Plan
    -Voice: $39.99
    -2 GB Data + Tethering $45.00
    -200 Messages $5.00 (Use an app like TextFree to text people for free)
    -Total......................... $89.99

    I'm leaning towards the tethering plan because I would love to be able to take my MacBook Pro to school and get on the internet with it there. It would be hard to get used to using an app for all my texting though.

    Which plan would you choose?
     
  2. Dan in PA macrumors regular

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    Unlimited texting. I'm assuming by school you mean high school, my HS didn't provide WiFi either. :(
     
  3. ijen0311 macrumors 65816

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    Messaging for me. I send 10k a month. Though tethering would be nice for my iPad....
     
  4. IndianaiPhone thread starter macrumors regular

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    From what I hear, you can't tether to an iPad.
     
  5. Loves2spoon macrumors 65816

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    Why not just keep the unlimited data and wait for a jailbreak. MyWi will be updated someday and work with 4.0.

    Get the unlimited texting!
     
  6. Sunday Shadows macrumors regular

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    does tethering use the 2GB on the data plan or is that in addition?
     
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    It uses the 2 GB which is kind of bogus.

    So that's one problem. The other problem is that I just used the word "bogus" in a sentence. I think I'd better go to bed now.
     
  8. ijen0311 macrumors 65816

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    You're right. I'm thinking mywi style. It's too late... :cool:
     
  9. irish1313 macrumors member

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    I tether my iPad everyday with MiWI. Gonna miss it for while I wait for the ios 4 break
     
  10. ijen0311 macrumors 65816

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    Me too me too.
     
  11. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

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    Keep the messaging. Teathering for the price is a joke. You can get a google voice and get free texting.
     
  12. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    If you have unlimited data, keep it at all costs.

    There will be a jailbreak and an update to MyWi soon, and you can tether without the charge, and you'll actually have the data to use it.

    Also, there might be a hack for tethering that doesn't involve jailbreaking, as I'm using now.
     
  13. IndianaiPhone thread starter macrumors regular

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    What's this hack that doesn't involve jailbreaking that you speak of?
     
  14. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a

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    Messaging all the way.

    I am of the breed that doesnt have a use for tethering. I have many unlimited uses for unlimited data and unlimited text.

    Blonde Buddhist
     
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  16. coasterswim macrumors 6502

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    This is quite the contradiction you just made.
     
  17. dccorona macrumors 68020

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    paying $20 extra for the right to use the data I'm already paying for?
    no thanks...
     
  18. Dan in PA macrumors regular

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    :p Keep the messaging, don't pay for tethering. Use free messaging while you pay for messaging.
     
  19. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

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    Unlimited DATA and MESSAGING.

    Tethering has too many disadvantages:

    1) Lose Unlimited DATA
    2) Costs too much for the data you get (2GB)
    3) Will run the battery down on your iPhone VERY quickly
     
  20. cambookpro macrumors 603

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  21. Resist macrumors 68030

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    Neither, because I get free Messaging using a real phone number with a free app called Textfree Unlimited.

    And for tethering, many are getting that free as well by jail breaking their iPhone. I will not pay for tethering on principle though, because I already pay for an unlimited data plan. So it makes no sense to me that AT&T is going to charge to tether and then limit the data. Plus the 3G speed in my area is extremely slow, usually no faster than 1MB.

    Messaging and Tethering should be part of the current data plans.....period!
     
  22. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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  23. mbarringtons macrumors newbie

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    How does tethering run down the iPhone battery quickly? I thought the phone had to be connected to the computer for the option of tethering.

    Either way, as everyone else has said, messaging + unlimited data!
    Now, if only AT&T would allow free iPhone2iPhone texting like they do in Korea (or so I've heard)...
     
  24. F123D macrumors 68040

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    Keep the unlimited data
    Jailbreak and use MyWi
    Use the TextFree App
    Save $20 a month
     
  25. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    bluetooth + 3G radio running constantly
     

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