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Hello fellow AT&T people. I am basically looking for some information regarding upgrading a line on a family plan as well as the pros/cons of doing so regarding cost and price.

I currently have a 3 line plan (family plan) and none of the phones are smartphones or have data plans. My line has the only texting plan.

What I would like is the easiest and cost effective way to perhaps get an Android phone for augmented reality development.

Unfortunately, I didn't see the benefit of an Android phone until now and it hasn't even been a year yet since we started our contract.

Does anyone have any suggestions or other upgrade sites that would make this process be as cost effective and painless as possible?
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I'm not sure what you're asking for exactly?

If you want to upgrade one of the lines on your account (they are, for all intents and purposes, treated separately), then you can walk into an AT&T store, buy the phone, and add the $20 data plan. If you're up for a full upgrade and want an Android phone, you have 2 options:

HTC Inspire 4G ($99) or,
Moto Atrix 4G ($199).
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Really? They are treated separately? That is basically what I was looking for. This makes more sense now on the AT&T website... I'm not exactly sure what a full upgrade would entail... I'm in my contract right now.

I just have one more question on this: when I was originally shopping for a smartphone, I noticed that there is a smartphone $35 bill that gets added per month, like a tax; does this still take place or since I am basically paying for the phone up front it doesn't exist?
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I just have one more question on this: when I was originally shopping for a smartphone, I noticed that there is a smartphone $35 bill that gets added per month, like a tax; does this still take place or since I am basically paying for the phone up front it doesn't exist?
Hm, I've never heard of that. I'm relatively certain that it doesn't exist anymore, at least not on a traditional account anyway.

The two plans for smartphones right now are the $15/mo 200MB plan and the $25/mo 2GB plan. I think it's $10 extra for each gig you go over every month.
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I'm not exactly sure what a full upgrade would entail... I'm in my contract right now.
When did you sign that contract?
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I believe it was in May of 2010. So basically we didn't hit the 1 year mark of the 2 year contract. I'm weighing the costs of developing on the android platform as the amount of equipment I'd be buying for a 1 use time would factor to about the cost of developing on the smartphone. I'd have less headaches basically
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I believe it was in May of 2010. So basically we didn't hit the 1 year mark of the 2 year contract. I'm weighing the costs of developing on the android platform as the amount of equipment I'd be buying for a 1 use time would factor to about the cost of developing on the smartphone. I'd have less headaches basically
Ah, well, if you signed in May then you should be eligible for an "Early Upgrade."

The upgrade itself costs $200 and it allows you to purchase a phone at the fully-subsidized price, but you have to sign another 2 year contract.

In the case of the early upgrade, it's worth using it for a phone like the Atrix 4G which has a retail cost of like $700 or $800. It's not worth it for a phone like the Inspire, which I think it's only $399. (You'd be better off paying an extra $100 and buying that phone out-right without signing another contract.) I would personally go the Atrix route, but you should look into both phones and see which one suits you better. They're quite different.
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I'm looking for a phone with the power of the DroidX. Basically this is for live webcam video manipulation (mobile augmented reality) and I would need the appropriate power.

If you go to this webpage: https://ar.qualcomm.com/qdevnet/sdk and click supported devices on the left, that is basically what I am limited to. As you can see, the list contains rather beefy phones.
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I'm looking for a phone with the power of the DroidX. Basically this is for live webcam video manipulation (mobile augmented reality) and I would need the appropriate power.

If you go to this webpage: https://ar.qualcomm.com/qdevnet/sdk and click supported devices on the left, that is basically what I am limited to. As you can see, the list contains rather beefy phones.
Ah, I don't see the Atrix on that list. That's the flagship phone at the moment (the dual-core one with the laptop dock that you might have seen the commercial for).

The next fastest phone on that list is the HTC Inspire 4G. You can buy that phone straight up for $399 and not have to worry about signing another contract. They should hook you up with a new SIM card if you need it.
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Hmm... I suppose $400 isn't bad considering I'd have to spend roughly $700 for the HMD and $250 for the special webcam in addition to license fees for PC software... the $400 plus data plan rates don't seem so bad now!

I am going to look for the early upgrade stuff on the AT&T website to find out more information. Thank you so much for your assistance!
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