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With my current AT&T, I pay around 200 dollars for 3 lines. (210 once you add ipad cost). All were 200 dollars phone. For 2 years, it would cost 5400 dollars. With Tmobile 3 line and 2GB data, it would cost 4680 in 2 years including 600*3 for the phones. Not too bad.

Fortunately I rely primarily on WiFi and am fairly fine with HSPA speed. I will consider changing once I can check how good the coverage is in my area with friends phone.

My plan for AT&T includes a 20% discount too, so it would be a lot more than 700 dollar saving.

AT&T - 3 line, 6GB shared data, unlimited talk and text.
Tmobile, 2.5GB data per line, unlimited talk and text.
Edited by Kaze105 - 3/30/13 at 2:28pm
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With my current AT&T, I pay around 200 dollars for 3 lines. (210 once you add ipad cost). All were 200 dollars phone. For 2 years, it would cost 5400 dollars. With Tmobile 3 line and 2GB data, it would cost 4680 in 2 years including 600*3 for the phones. Not too bad.

Fortunately I rely primarily on WiFi and am fairly fine with HSPA speed. I will consider changing once I can check how good the coverage is in my area with friends phone.

My plan for AT&T includes a 20% discount too, so it would be a lot more than 700 dollar saving.

AT&T - 3 line, 6GB shared data, unlimited talk and text.
Tmobile, 2.5GB data per line, unlimited talk and text.

Ouch...Sprint got me I think 210-250ish for 5 lines Unlimited everything. And I think that is a rip off?
     
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Hmm, I thought about it.

I pay $142 a month for ATT with 2 phones, 700 minutes(never go over, have 3000 rollover), unlimited text and unlimited data. The phones are iPhone 4S's. Plus they gave me a free 3G/4G Microcell cause the signal is a bit weak in my house. I did have to fight them for it though.

Looks like it would be a side grade for me at the moment. I would have unlimited minutes, but it doesn't really matter to me since I don't even use over 700 any more. I would have LTE though, but I usually have WiFi available.

It would cost around:
>$120 a month for the plan
>$40 a month for the phones
>~$220 upfront for the phones (iPhone 5/5S) - But will make some money off the previous phones.

ATT would cost me:
>$142 a month for the plan
>$400 up front for the phones - But will make some money off the previous phones.

I wouldn't have a contract any more, but it doesn't bother me. I've been a premier member for over 6 years.
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Ouch...Sprint got me I think 210-250ish for 5 lines Unlimited everything. And I think that is a rip off?

I tried sprint before. It is pure garbage in my area. Even my friends LTE gets around 1Mbps maximum most of the time. Sometime even get around 50kbps and enough times that drop calls are annoying. Although im fine with HSPA, I prefer at least 3-4mbps on average.

How do you get 210-250 unlimited everything? Their unlimited everything is 210 dollars alone for 2 lines and 99 for every other line.
Edited by Kaze105 - 3/30/13 at 3:58pm
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What you're missing is that you're actually paying more than $600 for the phone because they roll the fee into your payment plan that you're locked into for the next 2 years. This is prolly why T-Mobile is doing away with it - because too many people have figured that out and they decided to just do away with it. Most likely all the other carriers are going to as well. Normal people don't like getting scammed.

Anything they did, they did because they can make more money doing it another way. If they had changed it for the reason you said the monthly rates would have dropped more. Instead of paying $89 a month for your plan and your subsidized phone, you pay $70 for service and $20 for the phone.
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Does anyone know if this new plan is eligible for military discount?
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many moons ago, Bell Telephone Company, used to have 4 divisions, and they leased you your phone, until the court made them stop doing that.

funny how the 4 baby bells, are back doing the same things they did before.
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I tried sprint before. It is pure garbage in my area. Even my friends LTE gets around 1Mbps maximum most of the time. Sometime even get around 50kbps and enough times that drop calls are annoying. Although im fine with HSPA, I prefer at least 3-4mbps on average.

How do you get 210-250 unlimited everything? Their unlimited everything is 210 dollars alone for 2 lines and 99 for every other line.

My Wife and I have 2 phones, unlimited everything, its like 180 a month with fees etc. We also have 4g lte pones etc.

aside from the slow rollout of 4g, Sprints as good at att verizon etc almost everywhere I go
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Ha looking at their data prices, it looks like they just dropped phone subsidies and kept their monthly pricing the same. There is no "savings" here. So, lets look at this again, They still charge you $50-60 a month, but now you have to pay full price for the phone.

By taking away the phone subsides they should have decreased their service cost but they didn't. The service cost should be $30-40 a month unlimited everything.

Actually you save a lot of money. You can get 3 iPhone 5 16GB's on a family plan with unlimited "everything" for $210 a month. On ATT, you get the same but with 6GB family share. Unlimited LTE here I come.
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I switch to T-Mobile from sprint last month and I'm saving $480 a year. After I minus the $200 my phone cost, I will save $760 over the course of 2 years.

Plus:

1. I have way better coverage, the phone even works in Boston subway tunnels (Talk and full 4G) and in areas where my sprint phone would not, such as interstate highways and isolated roads/dead spots.
2. 4G actually works. Average about 12MBs download and 3MBs upload, which is more then enough for me. It even works at home.
3. No Contract! Yup. No Contract! Most cell contracts suck, especially if you purchase your own phone or tend to keep your phone beyond the 2 year contract. Most contracts, are for the weak minded.
4. I can adjust my plan when I want or every month if I wish. This is a huge plus, it is nice to be able to adjust a plan to meet needs verses being locked into a plan that may not meet needs.
5. I own my phone. And the money I saved by switching will pay for my phone five times over. The first five months of savings will pay for my phone. Then it's pure saving from there on.
6. I have the option to go with an unlimited everything business plan for $54.99. But, I prefer to stick to the $50 unlimited talk, text, and 500MBs plan for now (Do to the fact I use about 100MBs of data a month).
7. My T-Mobile plan is far better than my sprint plan. Saving about $760 over the course of two years and that is after I purchased my phone out right.
8. Etc. Etc. Etc.

My switch all started when I went to sprint to do a an early upgrade and was told I could do the upgrade, but would have to sell them my old phone for $35. I was also, told I could not do the upgrade if I did not give up my old phone, unless I did it online or reported my phone lost. And if I reported my phone lost, they would lock the ESN and it would be trash. So, I went T-Mobile and sold my phone the next day (After removing my memory card and reformatting the phone) for $95, could have got $150, but did not care to play Craig's List tag...

When I went to cancel my 8 year old Sprint account. The rep asked why I was cancelling after being with them for so long and I told him why and he offered me the iPhone 5 for free with next day shipping and offered to wave all early upgrade fees if I would stay with sprint. I told him it is far too late because I already switch to T-Mobile and I'm saving $760 plus over the course of 2 years and receiving better coverage with a better plan...

The funny thing is, I had an iPhone 5 and after a few days, I realized how crappy the phone is compare to the iPhone 4/4S. Paint was peeling off and when I removed my phone from the case it actually bent. And the stupid home button felt so cheap, just like an iPod touch. Epic garbage. Hope the next iPhone is better, especially the build quality. Back to Apple it went and I used that money to put toward a Macbook Pro Retina Display...

Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile all have similar service and coverage, it all depends on the location. Verizon has the best over all coverage, but it is useless to most people because most of Verizon's plans stink and the prices stinks. Basically Verizon big city dwellers are paying the price for rural areas this is going to hurt them eventually... It is pointless to go with Verizon if you live in or near a major city or highly populated area because AT&T and T-Mobile offer more for less.
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