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Saturday, September 20th, 2014 5:45 PM

Got rid of my unlimited data plan - got shared value plan. Saved avg $20/mo. What's the catch?

Greetings all,


I've just upgraded my iPhone 4S to iPhone 6. I had a very old unlimited data plan ($30) and 1000 text messages ($10). My plan was 450 Nation with tons of saved minutes ($39). My monthly bill was between $85 - $99, due to overages (international text messages).


I pre-ordered online (AT&T) and when I activated my iPhone 6, I immediately lost my data and message plans. I could call CS or go to AT&T store and spend few hours to get my unlimited plan, however I decided to save my time and pick limited data plan.


My average monthy data usage is 450MB, my max was 0.9GB (only one time for 4 years). I chose Mobile Shared Value plan - 1GB, unlimited voice, unlimited text (incl. international!) for $25 + $40 smartphone = $65 total (about $69 with taxes and surcharges). So I am saving between $15 and $30 a mont.


Is there a catch? I'll come back in a month or so to update with my experience.



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10 years ago

There's no real catch that I know of. When your contract ends, if you don't sign a new contract (and get a new phone) you should also get a $15/month discount on your voice/text portion of your plan each month until you do sign a new contract.

The new mobile share plans aren't perfect for everyone, but if you use more minutes than data, it sounds like it could really benefit you. One warning I will give you is that if you have multiple lines on your account that both call the same number at the same time, AT&T may flag it as "inappropriate 3-way calling" and if you do it excessively, they may disable your account. This can be resolved if it is a legit reason, other than bypassing their 3-way calling process.
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