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rittchard
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« on: March 22, 2014, 07:58:00 PM »

Call me suspicious but I just got an email, and subsequently completed the change/upgrade offer they have, for their "new" Mobile Share Plan.  I should now be paying about $50/month LESS for 10GB shared data (vs 4GB) without an annual service contract and everything else exactly the same?!?!  I'll be waiting the next few months to find out what I missed in the fine print.

Now I realize there are probably a lot of better deals out there, and the competition is getting a lot more attractive, but I've been stuck with them for years now ever since the first iPhone.  In all these years there's never been any change that actually benefitted me lol.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2014, 09:37:51 PM »

If you keep your current phone then there's no catch, if you want a new one you have to either use their NEXT program (which will make your monthly go up) or you have to buy a phone outright (which will cost you more upfront) or if you try and buy a subsidized phone then your monthly phone fee goes up from $15 to $40 per device.  If you're not going to upgrade for awhile then it's a great way to save money in the meantime. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014, 05:27:29 PM »

Ahhhh I see, I knew there had to be a catch in there somewhere.  So essentially I'll get re-screwed later this year when the new iPhone comes out since I can never resist.
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014, 07:02:34 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on March 24, 2014, 05:27:29 PM

Ahhhh I see, I knew there had to be a catch in there somewhere.  So essentially I'll get re-screwed later this year when the new iPhone comes out since I can never resist.

Yes, unless you were ok with buying it for full price.
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 05:16:17 AM »

*happily pays $30 a month plus tax for 100 minutes talk (unlimited free wi-fi calling), unlimited text, and 'unlimited' data (5GB before throttling, supports 4G/LTE/whatever), on my iPhone 5 via T-Mobile*

I'll never go back to a phone under contract again while things like these are offered. Yeah, I have to buy the phone for full price whenever I want to replace it, but I save SO much money compared to these contracts (which yes, have slightly gotten better over the years).
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 03:46:51 PM »

Yeah, I have a family plan on T-Mobile, I have unlimited everything at 110 a month, including data, unthrottled. Before I was doing 145-150ish. And for 90 percent of the places I go to I have good signal with LTE or at least HSPA+, I average around 10meg down consistently. I don't think I can ever go back to Verizon or ATT, contracts or subsidized phones. It would be a wash anyway since for a new flagship type phone I've seen 250-299 at least on verizon unless you find a good deal somewhere, whereas a Nexus phone is usually about 350.
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2014, 06:30:08 PM »

I switched to this plan and my bill went from 230/mo to 160/mo for 4 lines. Catch is like someone else said, have to use Next to get a new phone.
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014, 09:18:19 PM »

I'm tempted to switch my individual line to the 2GB plan, but being 6 months away from my full discount upgrade, not sure if I want to jump in yet.

My individual line is $79.99 a month ($39.99 450 mins, $30 3GB, $10 unlimited text) comes to about $87 per month after taxes. (Discount applied)

The mobile share for 2GB would be $65 per month, and it says my discount would still apply.

I only use about 100 minutes a month, but a lot of data. So I'd be losing 1GB of data, and gaining unlimited minutes, something I'll never need. Feels like paying for something I don't use. With AT&T admitting the cost to transmit 1MB of data over LTE going down by 93%, it sure hasn't reflected on their data prices.

That T-Mobile $30 plan also sounds tempting, but T-Mobile coverage was poor last time I used them, to the point of being in areas with zero service ,not even roaming.
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