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AT&T New Unlimited vs. AT&T Unlimited Grandfathered

Hi All -

 

I've had the AT&T Unlimited Grandfathered plan for many many years now. I saw their new Unilimited plan and its features. Besides the obvious pros (tethering, lower price) and cons (still being capped at 22GB, which I do not get anywhere near - I usually average around 10), is there anything that I am missing as a con? This new plan would save me about $25/month.

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks!

-DC

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ACE - Guru

Re: AT&T New Unlimited vs. AT&T Unlimited Grandfathered

@rockerdoc About the 22 GB threshold I can say this... I'm currently on the 'Newer' Unlimited plan that was previously paired with DTV service. I somehow hit 40 GB this month and never once experienced a slowdown or any network re-prioritization (could just be where I live/work)... I could still stream music, watch videos, multitask with internet searches, send/receive emails, etc. $25 is a pretty hefty savings for you and now you would get 10GB of tethering on AT&T's newest options coming out Thursday (3/2). Also, if you currently have either DTV or DTV Now you can receive a $25 loyalty credit for subscribing to those services which is an added perk.

 

Sure you've already reviewed the details.... but just in case:

https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/unlimited-plan.html

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ACE - Expert

Re: AT&T New Unlimited vs. AT&T Unlimited Grandfathered


@rockerdoc wrote:

I've had the AT&T Unlimited Grandfathered plan for many many years now. I saw their new Unilimited plan and its features. Besides the obvious pros (tethering, lower price) and cons (still being capped at 22GB, which I do not get anywhere near - I usually average around 10), is there anything that I am missing as a con? This new plan would save me about $25/month.

Plus roaming in Canada and Mexico.

Seems like a no brainer. The new plan starts Thursday.

 

Plus if you have direcTV or DirecTV Now (which starts at $35 a month) you can save $25 a month!

 

FYI, it's not capped at 22GB. If you reach 22GB if you are on a super busy tower you may be slowed down until the congestion stops and then you'll go back to normal. Some have used 100GB and never noticed a slowdown.

 

 

 

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    ACE - Guru

    Re: AT&T New Unlimited vs. AT&T Unlimited Grandfathered

    @garylapointe forgot about the roaming into Mexico and Canada - definitely another great perk I left out. Thanks!

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    The new plan is great, don't hesitate to switch

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    Re: AT&T New Unlimited vs. AT&T Unlimited Grandfathered

    Thank you all for your responses!

     

    As I was evaluating the cost benefits, I realized something...I do have an FAN discount with my current rate plan setup. Will this "new" Unlimited plan take FAN discounts? (The discount is for state employees).

     

    Best,

    DC

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    ACE - Expert

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    rockerdoc wrote:

    Thank you all for your responses!

     

    As I was evaluating the cost benefits, I realized something...I do have an FAN discount with my current rate plan setup. Will this "new" Unlimited plan take FAN discounts? (The discount is for state employees).

     

    Best,

    DC


    Nope.  You can only get military or veteran discounts.  

     

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    The only con I can see is that employer or FAN discounts are not applicable to the new plans. Because my grandfathered plan has a discount, it comes out to the same price as the Unlimited Plus. The only way I would get any savings would be if I switched to the slower speeds of Unlimited Choice. I was told by a representative that it's possible the newer plans will accept discounts in the future. 

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    ACE - Expert

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    There are other benefits to the new plus plan.  Especially If the cost is a break even.

    hot spot up to 10 gigs and free roaming with your plan in Mexico and Canada unlimited talks and text

     

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    I just switched from my grandfathered account to the new Unlimited Choice. I was able to keep my employee discount and I'm paying almost $100 less per month. That's significant. How could I not dump that clunker? The grandfathered plan was being taxed separately from my call/text plan, so I was being taxed twice as two "separate products". I asked specifically about the slow-downs over x-amount of Gigs and was told the same about a 22gig cap where "you might not even slow down based upon the amount of users on the tower at the same time."  I never seemed to exceed 8 gig ever, and there's plenty of wifi hotspots around to keep my cell data low anyway. 

    Someone mentioned using the phone as a hotspot, which was never available on a grandfathered plan. 

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    ACE - Expert

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    @SurlGurl

    If you were told you could keep an employee discount, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when the bill comes.   They can be applied for some perks, but not a discount on service.  

    Verteran and military can get the discount. 

     

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    ACE - Expert

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    @SurlGurl wrote:

    I just switched from my grandfathered account to the new Unlimited Choice. I was able to keep my employee discount and I'm paying almost $100 less per month. That's significant. How could I not dump that clunker?

    Are you in (were) the military or work for AT&T? I don't think you're going to be getting that discount as the regular FAN discounts don't work with the new plans.

     

     

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    No. I was never in the military. But apparently a qualified government employee (USPS) counts for the 25% off.
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    Not on the new unlimited plans
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    Well I haven't changed from grandfathered to a new plan yet, but when I start going through the process it does state:

    Service Discount: STATE OF GEORGIA

    You'll see your 15% discount applied to eligible Mobile Share plans on your next bill. (Note: this discount does not apply to monthly device charges.)

     

    I'm a school teacher and it still says it will be applied.

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