iPad Adding iPad to existing AT&T wireless account??

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JTT844, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2005

    I have an iPad 3 with both wifi and cellular capabilities. I've recently tried to setup a cell account on the unit but I guess I don't fully understand the options.

    When I go settings -->Cellular Data -->view account
    I see options to 1. "set up a new account" 2. "Add to existing AT&T account" and
    3. "Transfer service from another iPad"

    I have an AT&T wireless account for my cell phone so I selected the 2nd option.
    after I enter my passcode, the field clears when I go to the next field. (Same with the SSN field)

    After I hit "Next" I get a red message saying something like "Valid data needed". So I try it again and again until my account gets locked out.

    After doing some more research, I'm wondering if I can even add my iPad to my current cell account. (AT&T customer service seemed to be almost as clueless as me).

    can I really add my iPad to my "existing AT&T account"? If so, how?

  2. macrumors 6502


    Go to a local AT&T store they can add it a family plan, or create one if you don't have a shared, or older family plan. But customer service (push the technical assistance option) should be able to add it if you read out the IMEI and SIM number to them under setting/general/about.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    If you want to add it to your existing AT&T account then you're talking about postpaid, month-to-month. AT&T should be able to set this up for you over the phone. They will need the IMEI and possibly the serial number and ICCID of the iPad (all can be found in Settings, General, About).

    I just called them when I bought my cellular iPad 4. They had my iPad added to my AT&T account in 5 minutes.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    Did they charge you a activation fee to add the ipad on your account.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Yes, the activation fee was included in my next bill. I have had some success having it reversed on iPhone activations, but I decided not to bother calling them this time.
    On a prepaid plan (set up directly through the iPad by you) there is no activation fee.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    Ok Thanks, one more question did they require a one or two year contract.Just trying to figure out if its better to add data through ipad or my existing att plan.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2012
    There is no contract required, however AT&T is offering a $100 bill credit for iPads signed up with a 2 year commitment right now.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2012
    Confirmation (same thing now, same Q too)

    Just to update the post, it's the same situation now... new data plan, add iPad to existing account but pay activation fee, 2-year contract for $100 off.
  9. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I took dvantage of that deal. It's only $10 a month to add my iPad to my shared data plan.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2012
    Markham Il
    you can also use it as a upgrade option if you are on the mobile share. I utilized that option when the ip5 came out. I wanted to do a early upgrade and the customer service agent aid you other line had a full upgrade. So i ran with it and now my other line can upgrade so I am glad i added my iPad to my account

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