This is a little better (for many) than Verizon's new plans.
I have 5 iPhones on my account. We share 700 minutes and unlimited messaging: (breakdown as shown on my bill)
Primary: 700 Minutes ($60) + Family Messaging Unlimited ($30) + DataPro 3GB ($30) = $120
Line 2: ($9.99 + $25 2GB) = $34.99
Line 3: ($9.99 + $25 2GB) = $34.99
Line 4: ($9.99 + $25 2GB) = $34.99
Line 5: ($9.99 + $15 200MB) = $24.99
+ Taxes & Fees
We could get by with 6GB of data shared. Data overages are charged at $15 per GB as stated on AT&T's website.
Our new proposed bill will look like:
5 @ $35 = $175
5 @ $30 = $150
So, we'd gain unlimited voice and tethering for $15 - $20 more total (plus taxes & fees). We really don't need it, but I'm sure a few of us would benefit from it.
We go with Straight Talk:
4 @ $45 for unlimited talk, text & web (capped around 2GB each) = $180
1 @ $30 (1000 minutes & texts and 30MB data) = $30
Granted, we'll have to pay full-price for unlocked iPhones if we want them @ $650 + tax each, but we could sell our old iPhones in good condition for nearly half that price, making our upgrade charge around $300 +/- each. Roughly only $100 more than the subsidized price from AT&T, and NO CONTRACT.
Since Straight Talk uses AT&T's network (all 4 carriers, actually, depending on the phone you use), no jailbreaking/unlocking required to get them working. We just have to buy the SIM cards for $15 each, and change a few settings via the iPhone Config. Utility. Officially unlocked iPhones should be even easier to setup.
Edited by RedGeminiPA - 7/18/12 at 7:17am