Couldn't you just upgrade to unlimited minutes? I too have 1400 minutes and just went to my account and added unlimited minutes and the site said I would be paying $209.96 per month. You still will get the $70.00 credit from your dad's company which will put you in the $130.00 range right?
Decided I'm gonna go with share anything. Going to upgrade my son to a smartphone as well. He doesn't want to spend money on a phone so think the incredible is the best freebie?
With my family we have 3 smartphones. Not sure what the final bill is, I believe it's about $240 a month though. (I still use my mom's plan and just pay her my share monthly since she has a corporate discount), but we have the share family plan now and it doesn't matter at all. We now have 6gb of data to use per month, my mom is....well, a mom, so barely uses data stuff when not on wifi, my brother and I use about the same amount, so we're usually pushing about 2gb a month, give or take...which leaves more than enough room to spare.
I think what it comes down to is if you are around wifi a good bit, basically work and/or home, unlimited data means nothing anymore. If you don't ever have wifi and want to stream a bunch of stuff, then unlimited is the only way to go. But it sounds like your family is in the same boat as mine, so you shouldn't have any trouble with family share.
A lot of people dislike family share because it's not unlimited, but in 97% of those cases people don't even reach the alloted 2gb for single use. Moreso than usage it comes down to wifi availability though....
Adding in the 3rd smartphone is what pushed me over. I was at $100 for basic access, plus $9.99 for each line, and another $90 for data.
Last edited by BLeClair12; 05-19-2013 at 10:41 PM.
No way I'm giving up my unlimited data. At the rate I use data (especially when I travel) paying for the share plan data would cost an extra $80-$100 per month. If I just buy a phone off contract I'll make that money back within months by not switching plans.