updated 11:30 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2007
iPhone family plans
Apple has posted details on the rate plans available to iPhone customers, including family plans and the ability to add the iPhone data plan to existing service as well as an option to tack on extra minutes. The Cupertino-based company is set to launch the cellular handset this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Existing AT&T customers who want to add unlimited data (email/Web) and visual voicemail service can do so for $20 (200 SMS text messages allowed), while $30 and $40 packages exist that offer 1,500 and unlimited SMS text messages, respectively. A minimum new 2-year wireless service plan and activation fee are required to activate the iPhone's features, however, including the iPod functionality.
Family plans for iPhone service start from $80 with 700 shared minutes. More expensive plans are available for monthly rates of $100 (1,400 shared minutes), $120 (2,100 shared minutes), $160 (3,000 shared minutes), $210 (4,000 shared minutes), and $310 (6,000 shared minutes). All family plan services come with unlimited data support, visual voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, and unlimited night & weekend minutes. All family plans also offer unlimited mobile to mobile service, and come with rollover minutes.