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Old 05-16-2013, 04:53 PM
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So I have an old AT&T unlimited cell phone plan that I am "grandfathered into" my bill is $370 a month this includes my land line, and 4 cell phones. A long story short is my son just started a new 3rd shift job and is a corporate RN. His job is slow at night and he watches Netflix with the bosses blessing.

He just got a message from AT&T that he went over 3GB of data and they are now choking our speed down until the next billing cycle. So WTF good is unlimited? I called ATT and they had no answer. I see many on here say do not give up your old unlimited plan. Can you tell me why? ATT is happy to take my inflated premium's for this unlimited service, when in fact it is not really unlimited. We do not use this as our primary ISP, we also have RoadRunner for home. ATT solution was to find a ATT hot spot? That is not possible. Can you suggest any other alternative's?

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:13 PM
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Drop ATT and go with Net10 and save about $200 a month.
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Sprint's TV ad makes claim that their plan is truly 'unlimited'. Might be worth a look.
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I'm also with AT&T and dealing with overages on an "unlimited" plan. Looking at T-Mobile right now with the unlimited everything for 40 bucks a month per phone no contract required, which is half of what AT&T is charging...
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I'm also with AT&T and dealing with overages on an "unlimited" plan. Looking at T-Mobile right now with the unlimited everything for 40 bucks a month per phone no contract required, which is half of what AT&T is charging...
I hear you, but cant wonder what other carriers "unlimited" really is? But at this point I guess ATT does not care about my $4500 a year service, so what do I have to lose?
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Sprint's TV ad makes claim that their plan is truly 'unlimited'. Might be worth a look.
I have a phone through sprint. It is unlimited but the service is terrible, and I live in Orlando. My vote is verizon.
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I am testing these guys out Verizon Network for less $$$

https://www.pagepluscellular.com/
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I think T mobie is the only one that won't choke your service at some level of usage. Just started it last month. Lts hope it catches on.. Per NYT.
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They don't have wifi at work? Can he download the movies at home and watch them later? I'm not a Netflix user, so I don't know these things.
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I am under the old Verizon plan of unlimited data. I dont believe it gets choked down but now Verizon wants you to go to bundling if u upgrade and I wont do that...

If I want another phone, I buy a new one from a reputable source on Ebay.
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Don't take this the wrong way but your son will be fired if he is caught watching movies while on the clock. All it will take is a supervisor to show up unannounced. He'll get a warning the first time and then he's gone. Give him some advice, don't download personal information or movies to the computers at the hospital. That is a dead give away. I certainly hope management does not condone this activity.
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Don't take this the wrong way but your son will be fired if he is caught watching movies while on the clock. All it will take is a supervisor to show up unannounced. He'll get a warning the first time and then he's gone. Give him some advice, don't download personal information or movies to the computers at the hospital. That is a dead give away. I certainly hope management does not condone this activity.
Thanks, as I said he does not work in a hospital, but in a large company, with a small number of 3rd shift employees. His only responsibility is to be at his desk in case of an emergency. That would drive me crazy and my son does not care for it either. Hard to figure out how a company can justify this. His direct supervisor and the person that hired him told him, to bring books and he could watch movies on his cell phone. They realize how boring this position is 99.9%.

This goes against what I have instilled in him. But on the other hand sitting for 8 hours a day with absolutely nothing to do gets old really fast. The company does have Internet but not wifi and my son knows better than to use a company computer. So in essence management does condone this activity.
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I also think it's a bad idea to watch movies while on the clock, and suppose he falls asleep? What would happen if one of those emergencies took place then?

BUT, with that said (and I know you didn't ask for an opinion on that, but you got it anyway) here's a way for him to get free wifi for his phone: you mentioned that there is internet access on the company's computer, but of course he cannot watch movies on their computer. But could he use their internet connection? If that would be allowed, what about taking a cheap netgear router (or any other), connect it to the company network jack, and creating his own wireless access point, which his wifi-capable phone would be able to use? When he left his shift, he could take the WAP/router with him.
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