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Old October 10th, 2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Quite possibly the best family plan I've seen

What you need:
-bring your own device, must be GSM/UMTS, and must support T-Mobile/AT&T frequencies (3G/4G not supported in all areas but expanding fast).
-Order your sim cards from T-Mobile from the below website (hidden from their front page, had to do a search to find it)

http://explore.t-mobile.com/phone-sim-card

A two line plan, 1000 minutes (unlimited nights/weekends/m2m), unlimited text, and unlimited data starts at $69.98/month. However, the data, while unlimited, gets throttled. Here's the plans w/data included (all of them ate 1k minutes, unlimited text)

$69.98 - throttled at 200mb (per line, as are all below)
$79.98 - throttled at 2GB
$99.98 - no throttling, truly unlimited
$109.98 - same as above + 5GB tethering per line
$169.98 - same as above but 10GB tethering per line

I've got a steal of a plan right now from AT&T and pay $125.20/month. Since taxes/discount are a wash, that's a $25/mo savings if I went with the truly unlimited plan ($600 every 2 years). This about equates to my wife's bi-annual iPhone upgrade, so it's not worth it for me to switch yet. But, given our data usage, I could easily use the $70 or $80 plan for more savings. Also, AT&T at some point will find and end my current data scam, which would rate jack me $20/mo and end my unlimited. When that happens, I'm jumping ship to one of these plans.

I truly think that $70 plan is a steal for a couple that are light smartphone users.
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Hmmm I pay $81 after taxes/fees for 3GB data and unlimited texting on AT&T.
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Hmmm I pay $81 after taxes/fees for 3GB data and unlimited texting on AT&T.
How many lines? The prices I quoted were for a 2 line family plan. The link I provided lets youpick how many lines and which features. For a solo plan, looks like $49.99 might do it for you. Add $10 if you want truly unlimited data.
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Correction on my part. The 200mb plan has overages. The 2gb plan is throttled. The unlimited plan is neither.
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How many lines? The prices I quoted were for a 2 line family plan. The link I provided lets youpick how many lines and which features. For a solo plan, looks like $49.99 might do it for you. Add $10 if you want truly unlimited data.
Just one line. Seems like a deal, but I dunno what I'm going to do with my contract. I just removed my ex-wife's line and of course that put me into a new contract with no upgrade eligibility.

I think at the end of the year I'm just going to buy out the contract and then switch carriers.
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Still a good deal, but looking like less of one to me at the moment. Here's why:

Current plan (AT&T): 550 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data on both lines, wife's is throttled at 3GB, mine is not throttled - $125.20 after discount and taxes applied

T-Mo: 1000 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (no throttling), $99.98 before taxes/discount (which largely cancel each other out)

So, by switching, I'd save about $25/mo, or $300/year. However, here's the downside. While I buy unlocked phones, my wife goes with the iPhone. To buy it unlocked would cost $750 for the 32GB model she likes to go with, versus $200 on contract. So, we'd save $550 staying on AT&T, which nearly negates the $600 over 2 years saved on T-Mobile. But here's the kicker - for these plans where you BRING YOUR OWN PHONE, they want a $200/line cancellation fee! An ETF without a subsidized phone!?

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Of course, the plan gets better under two conditions. If I go wit the "throttle after 2GB" option, that's another $20/month in savings. If AT&T rate jacks me, that's yet another $20/mo AND I lose my unlimited. So now we're talking $45-$65/month in gap, or $540-$780/year, which equates to an annual iPhone upgrade for her and still coming out slightly ahead.

I'd probably try the 2GB throttling plan and if I didn't like it, then up the ante. In the 12+ months I had my Incredible on Verizon, I only went over 2GB 2 or 3 times. In the 12+ months I've had my SGS2 on AT&T so far, this is only the 2nd month I've gone over 2GB, and in every case, it's because I was traveling and using my laptop of my phone's tethering as my primary internet, to include Hulu/Netflix.

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