ATnT new price drop!

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ATnT new price drop!

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/t-cuts-prices-wireless-data-plan-customers-201118916--sector.html

 

will this new announcement apply to existing customers?

 

will we ha e to ask for it?

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So these new shared data plans are no contract plans, and you keep the $15 pricing as long as you don't renew any of your contracts? That makes absolutely no logical sense to me whatsoever. Your plan costs less withOUT a contract than it does WITH a contract? You would think they would offer the lower price to KEEP you for two years. This is complete rubbish and like I said, a stab in the back to unsuspecting people who think they are getting a great deal, only to find out they will have to take part in either 1) the Next program to get a new phone, or 2) Sign up again for a contract - thus losing the good deal on these new plans to sacrifice the lower price of a phone. SCAM!

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parry_hotter wrote:

So these new shared data plans are no contract plans, and you keep the $15 pricing as long as you don't renew any of your contracts? That makes absolutely no logical sense to me whatsoever. Your plan costs less withOUT a contract than it does WITH a contract? You would think they would offer the lower price to KEEP you for two years. This is complete rubbish and like I said, a stab in the back to unsuspecting people who think they are getting a great deal, only to find out they will have to take part in either 1) the Next program to get a new phone, or 2) Sign up again for a contract - thus losing the good deal on these new plans to sacrifice the lower price of a phone. SCAM!


there is no contract on the talk/text data, there is however a installment plan on the phone for wither 20 months or 26 months. You can get out of the service at any time by paying off the balance of the device and walking away. In addition you can pay the full retail amount for the device, start the service agreement and cancel with no penalties the next month. People are only unsuspecting if they don;t do the due dilligence and read the terms of service and the rest of the documentation before they sign the service and installment agreement.

 

 

Yes it is a good deal for those that require having changing the devices out every time the latest and greatest one come out - on the next plan they can upgrade at 12 months on the 20 month installment agreement by trading in the old device in good condition and fully working

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parry_hotter wrote:

So these new shared data plans are no contract plans, and you keep the $15 pricing as long as you don't renew any of your contracts? That makes absolutely no logical sense to me whatsoever. Your plan costs less withOUT a contract than it does WITH a contract? You would think they would offer the lower price to KEEP you for two years. This is complete rubbish and like I said, a stab in the back to unsuspecting people who think they are getting a great deal, only to find out they will have to take part in either 1) the Next program to get a new phone, or 2) Sign up again for a contract - thus losing the good deal on these new plans to sacrifice the lower price of a phone. SCAM!


It's not a scam.  The full details of two-year contracts, the Next program and the service agreements are found online.  Lack of customer understanding does not make it a scam.

 

When there is a difference between contract pricing and non-contract pricing in the US, the non-contract pricing has been lower.  Prepaid plans follow this same concept.

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why in the world should it be cheaper to be on contract. you pay 199 for a phone then the rest is included in the price of the 2 years of service.

Look at it this way

40x24=960

15x24=360 thats a savings of 600 over the 2 years

take that 600 and buy a new phone like the moto x from motorola on motorolas site its 329 bucks or a nexus 5 from google for 349. The only company I see getting hurt here is Apple with there over prices last gen crap like the 5s.
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GLIMMERMAN76 wrote:
why in the world should it be cheaper to be on contract. you pay 199 for a phone then the rest is included in the price of the 2 years of service.

Look at it this way

40x24=960

15x24=360 thats a savings of 600 over the 2 years

take that 600 and buy a new phone like the moto x from motorola on motorolas site its 329 bucks or a nexus 5 from google for 349. The only company I see getting hurt here is Apple with there over prices last gen crap like the 5s.

you missed factoring in the cost of the device 32.75 @ 20 months

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The original idea behind the discount, was the same idea behind the contract.

The 2 year contract is there so AT&T can pay the cost of the of the phones, and once they finish, they will pass on the savings to you.

 

For customers out of contract, looking to get an iphone 5s, it used be a simple breakdown, so the more you pay upfront, the less you pay on the bill essentially was what it was coming out.

No contract: $650  ($15 base discount)

Contract: $199.99 + $36 + $15/month (loss of the discount)

AT&T Next 18(26 months) :  tax upfront, $25/month

 

 

For 10gb, the contract doesnt make anymore sense

No contract: $650 ($25 base discount)

Contract: $199.99 + $36 + $25/month (loss of the discount)

AT&T Next 18(26 months) :  tax upfront, $25/month

 

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ACE - Master

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How did I miss factoring in a device at 20 months? I'm on this new plan and didn't have to use next. I just know that Jan 2015 my contract ends if I want new phones there full retail. The moto g for 179 is the cheapest off contract phone you can get with a nice screen. That's what the kids will get or my handme downs. Oldest daughter is using my old nexus 4
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I finally bit the bullet and gave up my unlimited data plan for the new Mobile Share Value 10 GB plan--I ran the numbers and it turns out that my pre-FAN cost ($160, not including taxes and other charges) for a 10 GB MSV plan with 4 lines is exactly the same as the pre-FAN cost of my previous Family Share 550 Voice plan for 3 lines with unlimited/2/2 GB data plan, and 1000 text on just one line.  Quite frankly, it was the $15/month per line that was the clincher for me--I definitely would not have switched at the $40/month per line price point (for the 10 GB data plan w/ 2-year commitment), and even if I were to go with the 8 GB MSV plan I'd still be on the losing end of the proposition ($90 + $25 x 4 lines = $190).  10 GB is definitely the sweet spot, at least it is in my case--especially if you need more than 2 lines but not an excessive amount of data (<11 GB, since if you go over 11 GB you'd pay an overage of $30 which would bring your total cost equivalent to that of the 15 GB plan).

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jane697 wrote:

I finally bit the bullet and gave up my unlimited data plan for the new Mobile Share Value 10 GB plan--I ran the numbers and it turns out that my pre-FAN cost ($160, not including taxes and other charges) for a 10 GB MSV plan with 4 lines is exactly the same as the pre-FAN cost of my previous Family Share 550 Voice plan for 3 lines with unlimited/2/2 GB data plan, and 1000 text on just one line.  Quite frankly, it was the $15/month per line that was the clincher for me--I definitely would not have switched at the $40/month per line price point (for the 10 GB data plan w/ 2-year commitment), and even if I were to go with the 8 GB MSV plan I'd still be on the losing end of the proposition ($90 + $25 x 4 lines = $190).  10 GB is definitely the sweet spot, at least it is in my case--especially if you need more than 2 lines but not an excessive amount of data (<11 GB, since if you go over 11 GB you'd pay an overage of $30 which would bring your total cost equivalent to that of the 15 GB plan).


Depending on what your FAN discount covered on your old plan, it sounds like you could possibly pay more with the new plan since the FAN discount is on the data part only, and not the device fees.

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21stNow wrote:

jane697 wrote:

I finally bit the bullet and gave up my unlimited data plan for the new Mobile Share Value 10 GB plan--I ran the numbers and it turns out that my pre-FAN cost ($160, not including taxes and other charges) for a 10 GB MSV plan with 4 lines is exactly the same as the pre-FAN cost of my previous Family Share 550 Voice plan for 3 lines with unlimited/2/2 GB data plan, and 1000 text on just one line.  Quite frankly, it was the $15/month per line that was the clincher for me--I definitely would not have switched at the $40/month per line price point (for the 10 GB data plan w/ 2-year commitment), and even if I were to go with the 8 GB MSV plan I'd still be on the losing end of the proposition ($90 + $25 x 4 lines = $190).  10 GB is definitely the sweet spot, at least it is in my case--especially if you need more than 2 lines but not an excessive amount of data (<11 GB, since if you go over 11 GB you'd pay an overage of $30 which would bring your total cost equivalent to that of the 15 GB plan).


Depending on what your FAN discount covered on your old plan, it sounds like you could possibly pay more with the new plan since the FAN discount is on the data part only, and not the device fees.


Yes I know that (I did do my homework before taking the plunge--LOL), but adding the fourth line for only $15/month, combined with getting unlimited text for all four lines--I was paying $10/month for a 1000-text bundle on just one line with my previous plan--at no additional charge on the new MSV plan...all of that plus the unlimited minutes and tethering option will more than make up for the slight increase on my monthly bill.

 

Bottom line--I did the math, and the MSV 10 GB plan turned out to be the most cost-effective solution for me in adding a fourth line. :-)  Also--getting the $100 bill new-line promo credit (and yes, I know the $100 credit will not be applied until the line has been active for at least 45 days) and waiver of the $36 activation fee on the just-added line will help lessen the pain of a slightly higher monthly bill as well.

 

And if you're really interested in the math--under my old plan my post-FAN total (not including taxes/fees) for 3 lines comes out to $127.50; for the MSV 10 GB plan with 4 lines the post-FAN total comes out to $135, so my monthly bill won't be substantially higher.  So yes my bill will go up a bit, but not too high such that I might have second thoughts about whether I should have given up my budget-friendly old plan just to add a fourth line.  Paying an additional $7.50/month (before taxes/fees) on my monthly bill for essentially adding a fourth line that gets me unlimited voice/text for all 4 lines is definitely a bargain, IMHO.

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The math worked out in a similar manner for me.  I couldn't justify switching because I would pay roughly the same amount for service, but lose my subsidy on two phone lines.  Yes, I would gain unlimited minutes and text messaging, but I don't need those features anyway.

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21stNow wrote:

The math worked out in a similar manner for me.  I couldn't justify switching because I would pay roughly the same amount for service, but lose my subsidy on two phone lines.  Yes, I would gain unlimited minutes and text messaging, but I don't need those features anyway.


Yeah, I could see how the math would work out better if one doesn't switch--unfortunately, in my case I was on a legacy FamilyTalk Nation 550 plan that only allowed a max of 3 lines...and since now the only postpaid wireless plans AT&T offers are the Mobile Share Value plans (AFAICT) and I needed to add a 4th line, I pretty much had no choice but to give up my legacy plan.

 

Slightly off-topic, but personally I don't particularly care for the fact that, if on a MSV plan if you plan to upgrade your (smart)phone on any of your existing lines and elect to pay the subsidized phone price rather than either paying the full non-contract price of the phone or go with AT&T Next, you are then required to pay $40/month on the line that received the upgrade rather than the discounted per-line price (in my case $15/month)

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Your just paying for the subsity when you go that route thats why its 25 more a month plus the 199 for the phone.  If you figure it out that phone just cost you 799 bucks.  I have no problem paying full retail for a device.  But again I use nexus devices

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