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For those who are on post paid plans is anyone on month to month? Other than not subsidizing the phone are there any differences from a contract plan?

For those who are on post paid plans is anyone on month to month? Other than not subsidizing the phone are there any differences from a contract plan?

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I am currently on month to month. Everything has been the same now when compared to when I was on contract.

I am currently on month to month. Everything has been the same now when compared to when I was on contract.

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There is no difference in plan pricing wether you have a contract or not. Also just to clear it up and put it out there, even without a contract you STILL have to have a data plan on smartphones.

 


I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.

There is no difference in plan pricing wether you have a contract or not. Also just to clear it up and put it out there, even without a contract you STILL have to have a data plan on smartphones.

 


I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent AT&T's position, strategies or opinions.

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Thanks for the input guys.

Thanks for the input guys.

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Nice part of the "month to month" is your under an old contract which has no termination fee and is usually cheaper.  If another cell company offers a good deal you can't refuse you can take advantage of it. 

Nice part of the "month to month" is your under an old contract which has no termination fee and is usually cheaper.  If another cell company offers a good deal you can't refuse you can take advantage of it. 

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My contract expires in 2 weeks and I'm considering switching carriers. However, until I decide, I'll be on a "month to month" basis.


The reason they charge early termination fees is that part of the monthly cost is paying for the free or reduced price phone you got when you signed the contract - so wouldn't it be reasonable to expect that once the contract ends the bill should  be lower, since they're no longer subsidizing the purchase of the phone anymore?

My contract expires in 2 weeks and I'm considering switching carriers. However, until I decide, I'll be on a "month to month" basis.


The reason they charge early termination fees is that part of the monthly cost is paying for the free or reduced price phone you got when you signed the contract - so wouldn't it be reasonable to expect that once the contract ends the bill should  be lower, since they're no longer subsidizing the purchase of the phone anymore?

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rose322 wrote:

My contract expires in 2 weeks and I'm considering switching carriers. However, until I decide, I'll be on a "month to month" basis.


The reason they charge early termination fees is that part of the monthly cost is paying for the free or reduced price phone you got when you signed the contract - so wouldn't it be reasonable to expect that once the contract ends the bill should  be lower, since they're no longer subsidizing the purchase of the phone anymore?


The bill or the ETF should be lower?

The ETF does decrease every month you're still within your contract. The monthly bill does not decrease because the prices of the plans are different from the price of the subsidized phone. The price of the phone has nothing to do with the price of the plan. They are both different. AT&T's calling/messaging/data plans will never change throughout the contract, but the ETF will decrease because the price of the subsidized phone is decreasing every month as well.

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rose322 wrote:

My contract expires in 2 weeks and I'm considering switching carriers. However, until I decide, I'll be on a "month to month" basis.


The reason they charge early termination fees is that part of the monthly cost is paying for the free or reduced price phone you got when you signed the contract - so wouldn't it be reasonable to expect that once the contract ends the bill should  be lower, since they're no longer subsidizing the purchase of the phone anymore?


The bill or the ETF should be lower?

The ETF does decrease every month you're still within your contract. The monthly bill does not decrease because the prices of the plans are different from the price of the subsidized phone. The price of the phone has nothing to do with the price of the plan. They are both different. AT&T's calling/messaging/data plans will never change throughout the contract, but the ETF will decrease because the price of the subsidized phone is decreasing every month as well.

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ive been month to month for quite a while and plan to stay put.

ive been month to month for quite a while and plan to stay put.

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Me again.   I completed my 2 contract agreement and have been on my same plan, same price for 8 years.  Unfortunately ATT kicked all us ATT Blue's off..  Reason, they are shutting down the system that served us.  They said our phones would work on the new systen, 3G, but depending upon what phone you have it will work.  Mine does.  They did offer us to contiinue on a no contract (month to month)  but we would have to choose a new plan (without contract).  So my

cell bill went from $40 w/1000 minutes to $60 for 700 minutes (family plan).  They did give us free phones which only make phone calls.  So I'm using my old phone, Motorola KRZR which has more functionality.  I'm looking at my options.  What really bugs me in they broke the contact and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it but if I had opted out before my 2 years were up they would be all over me.  So I'm looking at the competition too.  T-Mobile has a month to month plan, bring you own phone, for $50 a month and give you "unlimited" Cell / Text / Data.  First 2gb is at 4g and then the rest at a slower speed., but I'm not a web person so it should be bad.  What are we going to do when we only have 2 or 3 carriers to choose from ?

Me again.   I completed my 2 contract agreement and have been on my same plan, same price for 8 years.  Unfortunately ATT kicked all us ATT Blue's off..  Reason, they are shutting down the system that served us.  They said our phones would work on the new systen, 3G, but depending upon what phone you have it will work.  Mine does.  They did offer us to contiinue on a no contract (month to month)  but we would have to choose a new plan (without contract).  So my

cell bill went from $40 w/1000 minutes to $60 for 700 minutes (family plan).  They did give us free phones which only make phone calls.  So I'm using my old phone, Motorola KRZR which has more functionality.  I'm looking at my options.  What really bugs me in they broke the contact and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it but if I had opted out before my 2 years were up they would be all over me.  So I'm looking at the competition too.  T-Mobile has a month to month plan, bring you own phone, for $50 a month and give you "unlimited" Cell / Text / Data.  First 2gb is at 4g and then the rest at a slower speed., but I'm not a web person so it should be bad.  What are we going to do when we only have 2 or 3 carriers to choose from ?

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If I ever decide to go with a post paid plan I am certainly going to go with month to month.

If I ever decide to go with a post paid plan I am certainly going to go with month to month.

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Razr8 wrote:

If I ever decide to go with a post paid plan I am certainly going to go with month to month.


That's a great idea, same here. No ETFs, and you can cancel whenever you want. It certainly beats locking yourself in for two years to a contract. While contracts can be convenient, I think they're a bit overrated. Of course, you will pay the subsidized price of the phone instead compared to buying/supplying your own device.

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Razr8 wrote:

If I ever decide to go with a post paid plan I am certainly going to go with month to month.


That's a great idea, same here. No ETFs, and you can cancel whenever you want. It certainly beats locking yourself in for two years to a contract. While contracts can be convenient, I think they're a bit overrated. Of course, you will pay the subsidized price of the phone instead compared to buying/supplying your own device.

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Yeah, I'd rather pony up the cash up front and own my phone and have the piece of mind of a month to month plan. And it's like getting the best of both worlds you get the coverage of post paid and no contract like prepaidSmiley Wink

Yeah, I'd rather pony up the cash up front and own my phone and have the piece of mind of a month to month plan. And it's like getting the best of both worlds you get the coverage of post paid and no contract like prepaidSmiley Wink

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Razr8 wrote:

Yeah, I'd rather pony up the cash up front and own my phone and have the piece of mind of a month to month plan. And it's like getting the best of both worlds you get the coverage of post paid and no contract like prepaidSmiley Wink


You know, I never thought of it that way before... You're most certainly right!

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Razr8 wrote:

Yeah, I'd rather pony up the cash up front and own my phone and have the piece of mind of a month to month plan. And it's like getting the best of both worlds you get the coverage of post paid and no contract like prepaidSmiley Wink


You know, I never thought of it that way before... You're most certainly right!

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Yeah, I'm almost tempted at times to switch just for that very reasonSmiley Wink

Yeah, I'm almost tempted at times to switch just for that very reasonSmiley Wink

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Did everyone see last sundays ad for "ATT Go Phone" with UNLIMITED TALK,TXT, & WEB for $50 per month.  Use your own compatible  phone or buy one from a retailer.  The ad I saw was by Walmart.  Talked to a sales person there and as the

other postings have said, it's the same service without a contract.  You do have to pay your $50 by a certain time otherwise you start over.  Sound pretty good to me.  Buying a new phone ?   Do we really need to have the latest and greatest each year.  I've had mine for several years and it serves me well.  But with Web available it might be time for a new one where at least the screen is usable on the web.

 

Anyone know the difference in the terminology for "WEB"  or "DATA", except that the carriers seem to charge more for

Data.  To me the seem the same.

Did everyone see last sundays ad for "ATT Go Phone" with UNLIMITED TALK,TXT, & WEB for $50 per month.  Use your own compatible  phone or buy one from a retailer.  The ad I saw was by Walmart.  Talked to a sales person there and as the

other postings have said, it's the same service without a contract.  You do have to pay your $50 by a certain time otherwise you start over.  Sound pretty good to me.  Buying a new phone ?   Do we really need to have the latest and greatest each year.  I've had mine for several years and it serves me well.  But with Web available it might be time for a new one where at least the screen is usable on the web.

 

Anyone know the difference in the terminology for "WEB"  or "DATA", except that the carriers seem to charge more for

Data.  To me the seem the same.

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Bubey2 wrote:

Did everyone see last sundays ad for "ATT Go Phone" with UNLIMITED TALK,TXT, & WEB for $50 per month.  Use your own compatible  phone or buy one from a retailer.  The ad I saw was by Walmart.  Talked to a sales person there and as the

other postings have said, it's the same service without a contract.  You do have to pay your $50 by a certain time otherwise you start over.  Sound pretty good to me.  Buying a new phone ?   Do we really need to have the latest and greatest each year.  I've had mine for several years and it serves me well.  But with Web available it might be time for a new one where at least the screen is usable on the web.

 

Anyone know the difference in the terminology for "WEB"  or "DATA", except that the carriers seem to charge more for

Data.  To me the seem the same.


I didn't see the ad, but it's a great deal, isn't it? AT&T changed it earlier this year from $60 for unlimited talk and text, but with no web access. Now, they've dropped the price by $10 AND even threw in unlimited web/data. I think they did this to get more competitive with Boost Mobile, considering Boost has the exact same plan.

"Web" and "data" are ultimately the same thing. I would consider "web" as more of Internet use, while "data" could be anything. They still mean the same thing, though, despite somewhat different meanings.

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Bubey2 wrote:

Did everyone see last sundays ad for "ATT Go Phone" with UNLIMITED TALK,TXT, & WEB for $50 per month.  Use your own compatible  phone or buy one from a retailer.  The ad I saw was by Walmart.  Talked to a sales person there and as the

other postings have said, it's the same service without a contract.  You do have to pay your $50 by a certain time otherwise you start over.  Sound pretty good to me.  Buying a new phone ?   Do we really need to have the latest and greatest each year.  I've had mine for several years and it serves me well.  But with Web available it might be time for a new one where at least the screen is usable on the web.

 

Anyone know the difference in the terminology for "WEB"  or "DATA", except that the carriers seem to charge more for

Data.  To me the seem the same.


I didn't see the ad, but it's a great deal, isn't it? AT&T changed it earlier this year from $60 for unlimited talk and text, but with no web access. Now, they've dropped the price by $10 AND even threw in unlimited web/data. I think they did this to get more competitive with Boost Mobile, considering Boost has the exact same plan.

"Web" and "data" are ultimately the same thing. I would consider "web" as more of Internet use, while "data" could be anything. They still mean the same thing, though, despite somewhat different meanings.

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Does the cost of a phone over a two year contract wind up being more expensive compared to paying for it fully upfront?

Does the cost of a phone over a two year contract wind up being more expensive compared to paying for it fully upfront?

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Buying your own phone of choice isn't really so bad except for the big outlay all at once.  If you pay another $30 a month for an unlimited plan on a 2 year contract and your phone say costs $300.00, it's paid for in 10 months and the other 14 months x $30 = $420 for the cell phone carrier.  They all work the same.  So bottom line you save all the way around.

Buying your own phone of choice isn't really so bad except for the big outlay all at once.  If you pay another $30 a month for an unlimited plan on a 2 year contract and your phone say costs $300.00, it's paid for in 10 months and the other 14 months x $30 = $420 for the cell phone carrier.  They all work the same.  So bottom line you save all the way around.

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Yes, see my post (9-8-2011) and you can choose where to buy it from. e-bay / overstock / on line retailer or Cell phone carrier. Just make sure it works with you carrier.
Yes, see my post (9-8-2011) and you can choose where to buy it from. e-bay / overstock / on line retailer or Cell phone carrier. Just make sure it works with you carrier.

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I was told by an AT rep that "DATA" is for sending pictures, files, songs, etc. "WEB" is for browsing & e-mail.
I was told by an AT rep that "DATA" is for sending pictures, files, songs, etc. "WEB" is for browsing & e-mail.

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WHY ??? If the user is not going to use Data and doesn't want it ?
If they mess up and send an attachment, picture then the carrier could charge the $2 fee for the day. Data plan that's now wanted or used seems a little greedy on ATT. Guess I'll have to make sure I go with one that doesn't make you sign up for Data.
WHY ??? If the user is not going to use Data and doesn't want it ?
If they mess up and send an attachment, picture then the carrier could charge the $2 fee for the day. Data plan that's now wanted or used seems a little greedy on ATT. Guess I'll have to make sure I go with one that doesn't make you sign up for Data.

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Hi there!

As mentioned, when your in a contract, you are essentially paying off the phone's value and for service. You definitely save all the way around. Smiley Happy

Data and Web are both the same actually, though some may go with data being the "information gathered" logic! Smiley Tongue when you open the browser on your phone and close it, you should see the amount of bytes used via OLAM. You will also see the activity on your bill. So it's not too different here!

Hope that helps!

-Evandela
~Sunshine Smiley Happy
Hi there!

As mentioned, when your in a contract, you are essentially paying off the phone's value and for service. You definitely save all the way around. Smiley Happy

Data and Web are both the same actually, though some may go with data being the "information gathered" logic! Smiley Tongue when you open the browser on your phone and close it, you should see the amount of bytes used via OLAM. You will also see the activity on your bill. So it's not too different here!

Hope that helps!

-Evandela
~Sunshine :)
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If you split the difference between with and without a phone you'll find that with a phone is lot more over the period

of 2 years than without a phone.  One can buy their GSM phone from whomever they wish.  I save about $30 a month

this way.  $50 on monthly unlimited plan, no contract  and  $80 a month unlimited ATT plan.  The Phone cost me $300

and it was paid off in 10 months, not 2 yrs. The rest of the savings stayed in my bank account.

If you split the difference between with and without a phone you'll find that with a phone is lot more over the period

of 2 years than without a phone.  One can buy their GSM phone from whomever they wish.  I save about $30 a month

this way.  $50 on monthly unlimited plan, no contract  and  $80 a month unlimited ATT plan.  The Phone cost me $300

and it was paid off in 10 months, not 2 yrs. The rest of the savings stayed in my bank account.

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