We still have our 2 gig per iPhone data plan from AT&T plus a regular voice line and looked into getting one of the heavily advertised discounted mobile share plans for three devices for $145 with 10 gigs data shared among devices. I thought it sounded like a good deal as we would get more for the money plus the ability to use our phones as a hotspot for our iPad or laptop. My mother could get a smartphone too!
Unfortunately, the devil is in the details. If any of us decides to upgrade to a new phone (hello iPhone 6) and sign a new 2 year contract, that device upgrade will add $25 to each months bill with no provision for it to go back down after the contract is up. (Each smartphone is $40 plus the plan).
So instead of $145— it’d be $170 a month. I assume if 2 users upgrade to a new device in the future in addition to the stupid one time activation charge per phone, I would have to pleasure of handing them $195 a month for 2 smartphones and a regular voice phone.
I know you got to recoup cost of the devices, but thanks, but no thanks. A contract free or older phone might possibly work though.