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I am eligible for an upgrade with Next. I have my line and a 2nd line using the 1400 Family plan. I am grandfathered with unlimited data and A-list. If I look at my bill, my primary line charges are about $118. The 2nd line charges bring the total to about $158.
If I place a Next order with the 18 month installments, it shows my charges as $118. My question is - if I complete this order for my line, what happens to the 2nd line? Does it stay as is? Is it still on the Family plan with me? I do also have the option to keep existing plan and services.
And if the 2nd line also upgraded to Next, would it be an additional $118 or would it stay about the same?
There are a lot of variables here, but basically, here is a summary of your options:
For your best "bang" you would want to get as many of your phones as possible on a Mobile Share plan. This is because they all get unlimited voice & text service, plus the pricing gets much better for you once you hit the 10GB data bucket. The cost of off-contract smart phones on the account drops from $25/month to $15/month, and the data cost drops per GB purchased too. It can be cheaper to put 3 or 4 smartphones on a 10GB plan than to put them on a 6GB plan just because of the extra discounts you get at the higher data levels. The thing to remember though is that you lose those discounts when you get a new contract subsidized phone, so you will need to be prepared to pay $300-900 for a new smart phone (depending upon what model and capacity you purchase). You can spread that cost out over 18 or 26 months using NEXT, but then that just makes your monthly bill look $25-75 higher too because you are paying for your new phone over time. The thing to remember here is that even though you are paying significantly more for your phone, you are still saving money over what you would be paying if you got a 2 year contract subsidized phone (by as much as $150 over the 2 years for each contract/phone).
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