06-20-2014 01:37 AM
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  1. btbam91's Avatar
    From what I understand, they just decided to give a perk to on-contract users by allowing them to reduce their monthly cost to $15 for the remainder of their existing contract only. It was nice for those of us that bought 920s because my overall cost dropped dramatically when I switched to mobile share. It's pretty clear from their pricing structure, though, that they are trying to get people to move from 2-year contracts to ATT Next.
    THIS. I thought it was communicated pretty well that to keep $15/month, you have to either bring your own device or do AT&T next.
    04-06-2014 11:33 PM
  2. TonyDedrick's Avatar
    So essentially these so called savings for mobile share customers are only applicable to those in the midst of a contract or who choose to get a new phone with the Next program?
    04-06-2014 11:48 PM
  3. Zacharyw70's Avatar
    So I'm confused. Is AT&T NEXT a good deal or not, seems like we have some conflicting opinions here.
    To put it in terms for our family, we have 5 Smartphones on two-year contracts and we're currently paying around $250 a month for unlimited talk/text, 2 of the lines have 300MB of data, and the other 3 have an older 200MB's of data plan. I'm currently looking to upgrade my phone soon, so would we save any money if I changed it to the NEXT program instead of the 2-Year Contract where I will likely pay at least $99 for a new phone+$36 Upgrade Fee?
    04-06-2014 11:52 PM
  4. wpnokia920's Avatar
    I will say this. I was in a 2yr agreement with prob 20 months left. I have an addiction with phones and buy and sell alot, hate contracts. I found out though that if I switched to next plan, then payed off device(get cheapest full retail phone). You are then contract free, then sold both devices, previous device and next device for profit. Get phone you really want and have no contract. Lol woman at at&t said I see you found loop hole.
    04-07-2014 12:05 AM
  5. btbam91's Avatar
    So I'm confused. Is AT&T NEXT a good deal or not, seems like we have some conflicting opinions here.
    To put it in terms for our family, we have 5 Smartphones on two-year contracts and we're currently paying around $250 a month for unlimited talk/text, 2 of the lines have 300MB of data, and the other 3 have an older 200MB's of data plan. I'm currently looking to upgrade my phone soon, so would we save any money if I changed it to the NEXT program instead of the 2-Year Contract where I will likely pay at least $99 for a new phone+$36 Upgrade Fee?
    I would say that AT&T Next is a rip off, but the mobile share plan isn't a ripoff IF you buy your phones off contract. For me, I was paying $100 for 5 GB. When I switched to mobile share plan, my bill remained at $100/month but now I get 10gb. I added my GF to my plan so now I pay $115/month for two lines. We both agreed to buy phones up front from here on out, which will always be a lower price than buying a phone on AT&T Next.
    04-07-2014 12:31 AM
  6. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    So I'm confused. Is AT&T NEXT a good deal or not, seems like we have some conflicting opinions here.
    To put it in terms for our family, we have 5 Smartphones on two-year contracts and we're currently paying around $250 a month for unlimited talk/text, 2 of the lines have 300MB of data, and the other 3 have an older 200MB's of data plan. I'm currently looking to upgrade my phone soon, so would we save any money if I changed it to the NEXT program instead of the 2-Year Contract where I will likely pay at least $99 for a new phone+$36 Upgrade Fee?
    If you get a data plan on mobile share that is under 10gb the per phone monthly cost is $25. 10gb data bucket or more is $15/mo/phone. If you are on mobile share 10gb or more with your five phones, Next would be cheaper than contract. For example, on a 1520 32gb phone over two years you would pay $360 in monthly fees on Next ($15 X 24 mo) + $640 for the phone ($32 X 20 mo.) for a total of $1000. On a 2-year contract you would pay $960 in monthly fees ($40 X 24 mo) + $249 for the phone for a total of $1,209, plus $36 activation fee. Also, you can upgrade by trade in with Next after 12 mo.

    If you are on a data plan with less than 10 gb it looks to be pretty equivalent: Next at $1240 and 2-year contract at $1245. That option probably doesn't really make sense for your family because with five phones it is much more economical to get 10gb and only pay $15/mo/phone.
    Last edited by BobLobIaw; 04-07-2014 at 12:45 AM.
    04-07-2014 12:32 AM
  7. Bizarro_Prime's Avatar
    I have 1gig of data to play with and I always end up with around 200MB left over at the end of the month. I just use my phone as I have done in the past. Just because I have a higher speed data connection, doesn't mean I'm going to start using my phone differently. I'm just now able to do my regular stuff faster.
    04-07-2014 03:45 AM
  8. anony_mouse's Avatar
    If you can afford it, I always recommend to buy the phone yourself and get a SIM-only, month by month contract. It's much more flexible, usually cheaper and altogether much less hassle. You can upgrade, change operators, change inclusive minutes and data, move between countries, etc whenever you want.
    04-07-2014 05:10 AM
  9. ohgood's Avatar
    If you can afford it, I always recommend to buy the phone yourself and get a SIM-only, month by month contract. It's much more flexible, usually cheaper and altogether much less hassle. You can upgrade, change operators, change inclusive minutes and data, move between countries, etc whenever you want.

    THIS ! i'd suggest that everyone that can't afford to spend $500 for today's latest and greatest flagship (off contract) just buy a phone from 1 1/2 years ago. The functionality is the same, the OS is the same, the specs are VERY similar. You'll also realize the immediate savings in two ways: It costs 20% of todays flagship, and there are no 'hooks' into you by the carrier.

    Then, if/when you tire of your phone, you can just buy another one, and sell your old phone. No contracts, no issues.

    Works this way with the carriers too.....If the service sucks, ditch it and try another carrier.

    I just can't see any benefit to signing a contract for cellular service. Unless you're the carrier ;-)
    04-07-2014 08:16 AM
  10. anony_mouse's Avatar
    THIS ! i'd suggest that everyone that can't afford to spend $500 for today's latest and greatest flagship (off contract) just buy a phone from 1 1/2 years ago. The functionality is the same, the OS is the same, the specs are VERY similar. You'll also realize the immediate savings in two ways: It costs 20% of todays flagship, and there are no 'hooks' into you by the carrier.

    Then, if/when you tire of your phone, you can just buy another one, and sell your old phone. No contracts, no issues.

    Works this way with the carriers too.....If the service sucks, ditch it and try another carrier.

    I just can't see any benefit to signing a contract for cellular service. Unless you're the carrier ;-)
    Yes! :-) I recently bought an unlocked Moto G. It's a really great phone and I just couldn't justify paying 3 times the price for a few extra minor features. I have a month by month SIM only contract costing about 10 euros per month (I could get even cheaper, but I'm too lazy to swap every few months). No long term commitment; I can choose the phone I want and change it whenever I like; and I can change to another operator at any time while keeping my current number. Unless you really can't afford to buy a phone upfront, I'd recommend this approach to anyone.
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    04-07-2014 08:39 AM
  11. etad putta's Avatar
    Yes! :-) I recently bought an unlocked Moto G. It's a really great phone and I just couldn't justify paying 3 times the price for a few extra minor features. I have a month by month SIM only contract costing about 10 euros per month (I could get even cheaper, but I'm too lazy to swap every few months). No long term commitment; I can choose the phone I want and change it whenever I like; and I can change to another operator at any time while keeping my current number. Unless you really can't afford to buy a phone upfront, I'd recommend this approach to anyone.
    What is your opinion on the camera, it's the only thing holding me back. Thanks in advance.
    04-07-2014 04:22 PM
  12. dkp23's Avatar
    Some people i know think the new mobile sharing plan is cheaper than what they have now, but if anybody just sits down and do the math, it is pricey.

    If somebody opts into a mobile sharing plan and want the $15 per month per device, dont upgrade or have any lines in a contract. Just buy the phone for $650 which is pretty standard for high-end phones off contract for ATT. It will be cheaper than paying $40 a month regardless if you go on next or not. Problem is people look at the upfront cost of $650 and say no way, but ultimately, it is cheaper.

    I am on the old mobile sharing plan where for 10 gb its $120 per month plus $30 for each line (if you have more than 3 or something, i have 6 lines). Opting into the new mobile sharing plan with the $15 to $40 jump if you are on contract, increases my bill so i kept it. so its $30 per month regardless if i upgrade or not.

    Simply, if ATT is telling you you are saving money, in the end, you wont. YOu just have to do the math yourself to find out which option is best for you.

    I dont take advice from ATT reps when it comes to billing or phones. Which is simply, i dont take advce from them for anything.
    04-07-2014 04:52 PM
  13. DaT Franchise's Avatar
    I have 1gig of data to play with and I always end up with around 200MB left over at the end of the month. I just use my phone as I have done in the past. Just because I have a higher speed data connection, doesn't mean I'm going to start using my phone differently. I'm just now able to do my regular stuff faster.

    Your either on WiFi 99% of the time or you dont do much at all with it.
    04-07-2014 05:16 PM
  14. Jan Tomsic's Avatar
    A 2 gig plan??? You can't do crap with 2 gigs a month anymore, not with LTE and HD video
    You don't HAVE to watch video. I rarely do anyway, and if I do, I download it at home and put it on the device itself. I had 3GB before, and never used the whole amount, now I have 2000 units (1 unit = 1min, 1txt, 1MB) and I never use the whole thing. There's wifi everywhere anyway, and I can survive one hour bus ride without looking at cat videos. Play a game, read a book, listen to music or watch offline videos.
    04-07-2014 05:16 PM
  15. DaT Franchise's Avatar
    Not all of us have WiFi 24-7 13 hours out of my day is off WiFi and I stream music alot, 10 hours of music alone will nail you for 2-3 gigs. Cat videos not my thing I prefer porn, and racing.

    So one text is one MB??? No way possible sorry more like 100kb
    04-07-2014 05:22 PM
  16. infinity12402's Avatar
    theyre not ripping anyone off. when you have a share everything plan with 10gb or more, and the phones you have on the plan are not on contract, they charge you 15 a month per line. if you have a 2 yr service subsidized phone, it goes up to 40 a month per line. now, if you use att next, you pay the 15 per line, but you also have to pay what ever the price per month is for the phone. all of this info is on the website and explains it if you look at it. they didnt try to rip you off.
    04-07-2014 06:21 PM
  17. Moiz Mian's Avatar
    Next + no-contract mobile share plan is actually a really good deal now. If you're on a shared plan anyway, you're paying $40 per line on contract, otherwise you can pay $15 per line and pay the full price on the phone. If you upgrade all the time, you break even, but you're still off contract. If you never upgrade your phones, you save tons of money.
    04-07-2014 06:23 PM
  18. DaT Franchise's Avatar
    Exactly, I pay the same amount for 3 lines and 10 gigs then I was for one line and 5 gigs on a 2 year.
    04-07-2014 06:42 PM
  19. msrb21's Avatar
    Honestly, I dont like to Mobile Share Plans. I'm sticking to my Nation 450 ($39.99) + Unlimited 4G LTE Data ($30).

    Please dont switch if you have the old plans. AT&T will not allow you to switch back once changed to Mobile Share.
    04-08-2014 01:46 AM
  20. ratsttam's Avatar
    I don't undersyand why you wouldn't just buy the phone you want without contract, and out the Sim card in?

    Vote with your money instead of signing up for more of the same ?
    I was going to say the same thing. Phones like the 925 are going for less than $200 now, that won't change your contract at all. Just swap the sim card. If you plan ahead a few months, you can easily save enough to buy whatever phone you want (even a top line 64gb iphone 5s can be saved for over 2 years for ~$30/month).

    Lightly used phones can be had cheap on a lot of sites if you look around enough.
    04-08-2014 08:02 AM
  21. Jan Tomsic's Avatar
    Not all of us have WiFi 24-7 13 hours out of my day is off WiFi and I stream music alot, 10 hours of music alone will nail you for 2-3 gigs. Cat videos not my thing I prefer porn, and racing.

    So one text is one MB??? No way possible sorry more like 100kb
    Well if you have to watch porn on the go all the time, be prepared to pay for it. As I said, you can copy some music on your phone, and listen to same 1000 songs for a month, and save on bandwidth. You're right though, music and video take a lot of bandwidth, but since you figured that already, you can do something about it.

    The package that I have treats 1 sent sms as 1 unit, and it also treats 1MB as 1 unit. Not that 1 sms would take up so much space (i takes less then 1kB) they just charge it the same way.
    04-08-2014 08:33 AM
  22. anony_mouse's Avatar
    What is your opinion on the camera, it's the only thing holding me back. Thanks in advance.
    I don't take a lot of pictures with the phone, but so far I've found the rear camera quite good. Of course, it's not up to the standard of more expensive phones but it's good for the price, and it includes a flash. Check out some of the pictures in reviews online.
    The front facing camera is very good (for a webcam).
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    04-08-2014 08:44 AM
  23. bguy_1986's Avatar
    don't you pay a fee for each phone going with the next option? If I would upgrade 2 phones on Next, it would be $15 for each month for each phone then wouldn't it?
    06-18-2014 03:48 PM
  24. KGun's Avatar
    don't you pay a fee for each phone going with the next option? If I would upgrade 2 phones on Next, it would be $15 for each month for each phone then wouldn't it?
    You don't pay a "fee" per say for Next. That $15 that keeps getting mentioned is if you are on the $100/mo 10gb plan.
    For data plans less than 10gb the smart line charge is $25/mo PLUS the Next installment price of the phone. The contract line charge is $40 per phone.
    For example I am on the 2gb plan for $40. The line charge for each smart phone is $25.
    To add more to the confusion I actually don't need a 2gb plan but because one of my phones is on contract started last December and because of the dates they changed things around I don't have to pay the normal contract line charge of $40 if I am on a 2gb plan or higher.
    I also can completely get rid of that contract if I move to a Next plan but I haven't found a Next phone that I really want right now because you are paying full retail. Their Lumia 1020 is a good example, they charge $600 on Next but you can get it new for around $400 now on ebay or Amazon so it's really not worth paying the big premium to get rid of that contract.
    The 2 right now they have that seem like good values for what they charge are the LG Optimus G Pro and the Moto X.
    06-18-2014 05:40 PM
  25. bguy_1986's Avatar
    You don't pay a "fee" per say for Next. That $15 that keeps getting mentioned is if you are on the $100/mo 10gb plan.
    For data plans less than 10gb the smart line charge is $25/mo PLUS the Next installment price of the phone. The contract line charge is $40 per phone.
    For example I am on the 2gb plan for $40. The line charge for each smart phone is $25.
    To add more to the confusion I actually don't need a 2gb plan but because one of my phones is on contract started last December and because of the dates they changed things around I don't have to pay the normal contract line charge of $40 if I am on a 2gb plan or higher.
    I also can completely get rid of that contract if I move to a Next plan but I haven't found a Next phone that I really want right now because you are paying full retail. Their Lumia 1020 is a good example, they charge $600 on Next but you can get it new for around $400 now on ebay or Amazon so it's really not worth paying the big premium to get rid of that contract.
    The 2 right now they have that seem like good values for what they charge are the LG Optimus G Pro and the Moto X.
    We have the 10gb plan. Just want to confirm that you pay the Next installment price on each phone you upgrade.
    06-18-2014 06:43 PM
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