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dennett
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Dec 19, 2008, 09:13 PM
 
I'm going to buy my wife an iPhone after MacWorld on 1/5, just to make sure there isn't any major changes, not to mention that our Verizon contract is up on 1/9. I had planned on buying myself one but due to financial considerations I don't think we really NEED two iPhones. My question is this, can we purchase 1 iPhone and a regular cell and use a family plan that's cheaper than $129? If so what would that plan cost and include?
     
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Dec 21, 2008, 09:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by dennett View Post
I'm going to buy my wife an iPhone after MacWorld on 1/5, just to make sure there isn't any major changes, not to mention that our Verizon contract is up on 1/9. I had planned on buying myself one but due to financial considerations I don't think we really NEED two iPhones. My question is this, can we purchase 1 iPhone and a regular cell and use a family plan that's cheaper than $129? If so what would that plan cost and include?
Take this with a grain of salt because I too am interested in this question and waiting feedback.

The other day I went into a store and priced a 1400 minute family plan w/ 200 texts per month, 2 iPhones, and 2 of those AT&T matrix phones for the kids and they want $207/month. This is a friggin' car payment even with the 17% discount given by my employer. (negated by the 22% cell phone tax in my State) Granted, I realize $60/month of this is for the obligatory data plans for the iPhones, but I wouldn't be using AT&T if I didn't want iPhones for my wife and I.

Any way of maximizing savings? Any ideas I've not thought of. Ways of manipulating separate plans etc...? (with 2 iPhones and 2 texting phones for the kids. )
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Dec 21, 2008, 09:24 AM
 
You can always offset your costs a little by getting rid of your landline.
     
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Dec 21, 2008, 02:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by Atheist View Post
You can always offset your costs a little by getting rid of your landline.
Good point. This has been the caveat all along and why I've procrastinated on cell service 'til now. I work for a communications firm and my land line is essentially free. I'm going to back up to the AT&T store to see if I can whittle this cost down a bit.
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Dec 21, 2008, 05:12 PM
 
I pulled the trigger today. I got the danged thing in my hand and I couldn't let her take it from me. I purchased an iPhone for myself and my wife and I got two Samsung Propels for the kids because they didn't have the Matrix(s) in stock.

It's going to be about $207/month, but no deposit, no activation fees, and the Propel was buy-one-get one.
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Dec 21, 2008, 10:38 PM
 
If the kids are old enough to work part time, you should make them chip in for the phones. Pay for their text plans or something.
     
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Dec 22, 2008, 01:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by dennett View Post
My question is this, can we purchase 1 iPhone and a regular cell and use a family plan that's cheaper than $129? If so what would that plan cost and include?
Absolutely.

The $129/mo breaks down like this:

$69 for first two lines,
$30 for first iPhone data plan,
$30 for second iPhone data plan.

If you have just one iPhone, it'll be $99/mo because you obviously won't get the data plan for the other phone.

That plan includes 700mins (IIRC), unlimited mobile-to-mobile and nights/weekends, and unlimited internet on the iPhone, but does not include any text messaging -- you pay 20¢ per message in and out. You can either add an individual text plan to each line (sensible ONLY for the lowest 200 msgs/mo plan), or add unlimited text to the entire family plan for $30.
     
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Dec 23, 2008, 02:44 PM
 
We went with the 550 minute plan. I do not have an iphone and my wife has the 3G.

Basic plan $50
Additional phone $10
iPhone 3G $30
plus taxes & fees
minus corporate discount

About $87/month.

No text messaging included - each is 20c - We just don't use text messaging
     
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Dec 24, 2008, 04:10 PM
 
I have a 1400 minute family plan for me and the wife - she has a first gen iPhone, and I have a 3G iphone. We share unlimited texting. Total bill each month is $198 after taxes and everything.

Yes, that is a lot of money, we dont spend money on another home line, and we both use the internet and texting quite a bit on the phone. I dont have a desk at work, so I use the internet all the time on the go - the way I look at it, $30 data for me, $20 data for her, $30 text plan, and at least $20 in taxes - half our bill isnt even for phone calls!!! CRAZY!!


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