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Family is where the heart/discounts are, thanks to new AT&T prepaid family plans

Families who use AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid service might want to rejoice, since the carrier announced it will offer family plans with a multi-line discount to its prepaid customers.

At the time of this writing, GoPhone offers customers three tiers of monthly plans at $30, $45, and $60. The $30 plan includes unlimited talk and text, as well as unlimited messaging to Mexico, Canada, and over 100 other countries, but includes no cellular data. The $45 plan includes everything in the $30 plan, as well as Rollover Data — this lets you use any unused data during one billing period for the next — and 3GB of 4G LTE data.

Finally, the $60 plan includes everything in the $45 plan, as well as unlimited talk and text from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada, the ability to talk, text, and use data in Mexico and Canada, and 6GB of 4G LTE data.

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The new family plans AT&T is set to introduce only apply to the $45 and $60 plans, though the amount you pay each month can drop substantially, depending on how many lines you add. More specifically, AT&T will offer a $5 discount for every line you add, though there is a limit. For example, you can save $10 every month if you have three total lines and $20 if you have five total lines. That is the maximum multiline discount customers are given, however.

Keep in mind that regular consumers are limited to five lines, whereas customers who use AT&T for business can have up to 10 lines for each account. In addition, setting up your account to auto-refill at the end of every billing period nets you an additional $5 discount, so you can theoretically save hundreds of dollars each year if you opt for more lines.

The family plans will be available starting August 19.

As an extra benefit, if you buy an AT&T GoPhone, you can get one free of charge. As with the family plans, the deal is only available if you opt for either the $45 or $60 plan.