Unlimited Data and Tethering

Gary86

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I'm currently on an unlimited data plan with AT&T. I usually wait for a jailbreak and use PDANet to tether but it doesn't seem like one is coming for the iPhone 5. I usually only use 2-2.5GB of data each month so I was wondering:

1. Should I hold off for a JB and keep my unlimited or

2. Drop unlimited and go to the 5GB tethering plan so I can have connection all the time when needed on my iPad mini

Thoughts?


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Gary86

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The real question is whether you think you'll use more than 5GB per month on your PC.
Then go on from there.

I don't think so. I'm not a heavy data consumer anymore. I check email, use safari, FB, stuff like that. I have Internet at work and in my house so I would only tether while in the car. Will come in handy for my cross country trip. I'll hold off for another month or so to hear about a JB.


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So I called AT&T. My wife uses on avg 1.5-2 GB and I use 2.5-3. So we are going with the: Mobile Share unlimited talk/text and 10GB with tethering for iPhone. I'll pay $8 more than I do now with my 15% discount.


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Situation... I have
iPhone 4 running 6.0.1
Grandfathered unlimited data plan
A new iPad - wifi only
I am very interested in teathering my iPhone to my iPad so I can surf online from the pad anywhere I have 3G. But i definatelt want to avoid the additional $20 a month that ATT charges for it. here is my concern...
I'm a little nervous jail breaking my iPhone to make this happen and I'm not sure what apps are the best combination for my hardware and OS version. Any tips or reassurances?
 

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So I called AT&T. My wife uses on avg 1.5-2 GB and I use 2.5-3. So we are going with the: Mobile Share unlimited talk/text and 10GB with tethering for iPhone. I'll pay $8 more than I do now with my 15% discount.


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I’m curious... how many lines on your plan? I have looked seriously at the family share deal and it would cost me a fair amount extra each month. The sticking point for me is the corporate discounts... I currently get discounts on each line... but with the shared plan, I’ve been told that I will only get a discount on the primary line - costing me about $8 per line (x the 4 additional lines - will cost me $40/month IF everything else is a wash. No thanks, AT&T.
 

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Wow. Based on this post, I did a little research and decided to switch to the new Mobile Share plan from the grandfathered unlimited data plan.

Between the two of us, my wife and I use between 2.5-3GB of data a month. We were paying about $145 a month for 550 voice minutes and unlimited data, so we were unable to take advantage of FaceTime over cellular and mobile hotspot. I chose the 4GB Mobile Share plan, which should be plenty of data for us, and it came out to $137 a month after my discount as a city employee, and mobile hotspot is included. Not much in the way of savings, but every dollar counts in this economy (unless you're the government - ha), and we now have two extra features!

Always nice to check out what's available on occasion. Now I'm off to Verizon's website to see if I can cut some costs on my FiOS service! Thanks, OP! :)
 

Gary86

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Wow. Based on this post, I did a little research and decided to switch to the new Mobile Share plan from the grandfathered unlimited data plan.

Between the two of us, my wife and I use between 2.5-3GB of data a month. We were paying about $145 a month for 550 voice minutes and unlimited data, so we were unable to take advantage of FaceTime over cellular and mobile hotspot. I chose the 4GB Mobile Share plan, which should be plenty of data for us, and it came out to $137 a month after my discount as a city employee, and mobile hotspot is included. Not much in the way of savings, but every dollar counts in this economy (unless you're the government - ha), and we now have two extra features!

Always nice to check out what's available on occasion. Now I'm off to Verizon's website to see if I can cut some costs on my FiOS service! Thanks, OP! :)

Glad it worked out! Cool on saving money!


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I disagree. I think the package I got is much better, and it's cheaper. My wife and I have NEVER, in five years of owning iPhones, approached 4GB of usage in a month.

Add to that the fact that I was able to add FaceTime over cellular and Wifi Hotspot, it was a no-brainer. Unlimited data is great for peace of mind for heavy, HEAVY data users, but we are just not heavy users, and we're paying less and getting more.
 

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Doesn't AT&T throttle the unlimited plans after 2 or 3 gb?

Thought I remembered reading that somewhere when they were getting away from unl data.

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Doesn't AT&T throttle the unlimited plans after 2 or 3 gb?

Thought I remembered reading that somewhere when they were getting away from unl data.

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If I remember correctly, LTE is throttled at 5 gigs and 3G at 3 gigs
 

eve6er69

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So with that said, to the op why keep the unlimited plan? After they throttle you your phone is going to be pretty much useless. I would go with the 5GB plan and take the upgrade price on a phone once in awhile instead of paying full retail.

On a side note. Be careful. I have a bud that goes to fl once in awhile and uses his 5 to teather to his ipad. His bill usually more that month because he usually uses about 7 or so GB. Normally he uses 3 a month on his iphone alone.

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