iPad Owners With Original Unlimited Data Plan Get Unlimited, Unthrottled 4G

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    The original 3G iPad came with an unlimited data plan from AT&T -- it was only available for a couple of months, before AT&T implemented its current capped data plans.

    We're told that the handful of customers who still have unlimited iPad data plans from the first iPad will get to keep those plans if they get a new iPad with 4G. Additionally, their data won't be throttled for the time being -- AT&T's throttling policies only apply to smartphones, not tablets.

    That said, AT&T's contracts -- including those for iPad data plans -- do allow for the throttling of unlimited plans, but we're told that AT&T has no current plans to do so.

    Article Link: iPad Owners With Original Unlimited Data Plan Get Unlimited, Unthrottled 4G
  2. utwarreng, Mar 7, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2009
    By that same token, I expect my unlimited 3G plan for my iPhone to turn into an unlimited/unthrottled 4G plan come this fall.
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    They say that it's unthrottled now so people won't make a big fuss out of it. Wait a few months and heavy users suddenly get lower bandwidth.
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2009
    Read the post again. Won't work for smartphones. You will keep the unlimited but get throttled at 5gb if their policies stay the same.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
  6. macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2011
    "for the time being" = until March 16th when the thing actually ships.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    Enjoy it now. I am sure in 2-3 months AT&T will claim that their networks just can not handle anymore people with unlimited plans going above 2gb....but if they want to pay a bit more....then their networks will magically be able to handle it.
  8. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 6, 2009
    So how does one transfer the grandfathered unlimited account to the new iPad? Is it sufficient just to swap the sim cards?
  9. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    There are a few unthrottled AT&T users, just as there are a few unthrottled AT&T customer support reps. We may be glad of both, however rare.
  10. macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2010
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    I don't believe it for a second. AT&T will definitely end up screwing its customers as usual.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    Last year I had to login to the AT&T iPad account and change the IMEI. (AT&T servers were down so I had to do it myself)
  12. macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Now I kind of want to just switch my pre-order to a AT&T model and buy a unlimited SIM off eBay.

    I wonder how this will play out.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
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    I have unlimited from iPad 1. Just Ordered Verizon 4G because I figured I was going to lose unlimited.

    How muh better is verizons 4G that att?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2007
    There have got to be far fewer grandfathered unlimited iPad users than iPhone users so definitely don't expect this to be the same path when the iPhone goes to 4G LTE.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2010
    Sherman Oaks, CA.
    I just upgraded to an LTE phone from my iphone 4s. My unlimted data stayed in place, plus I was given the option to add 200 msg for an extra $5.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2002
    As someone who felt squeezed by AT&T's bait-and-switch on this, one month after I bought in, and has begrudgingly maintained iPad 3G service for two years now just to keep this unlimited plan, I am HAPPY to read this!

    I hope it's true. And stays that way for awhile. This will sway me back in AT&T's direction, I was about to get a Verizon iPad 3 as an upgrade instead.

    I don't think that'd work as apparently LTE uses a new MicroSIM?


    How did you do this? There's nowhere on the iPad UI as far as I know. Is this via a phone call, visit to AT&T's website, what?

    Thanks for any info.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2012
    So I can't help but ask what is Apple's part in all of this mess? Apple gave AT&T an exclusive contract to sell iPhones for at least 2 years. Did Apple get no commitment from AT&T to offer truly unlimited data plans without throttling or to roll out LTE by specific dates? I bet Apple knew 2 years ago when they would offer a phone with LTE. Why would you net get a commitment from an exclusive provider to be ready with their network when you plan to be ready with your phone? What good is an LTE phone if the availability of LTE service is virtually non-existent? Did Apple grossly underestimate the number of iPhones it would sell and/or did AT&T grossly underestimate the amount of data iPhone users would be throwing around on their network? AT&T seems to be dragging its feet deploying a faster network while Apple keeps selling newer phones capable of accessing faster networks. There is a disconnect here somewhere.

    Am I looking at this all wrong?
  18. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    ugh, this makes me sick as an unlimited data att iphone customer
  19. macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2011
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    I just saw a Verizon commercial advertising 4gb for $30 a month....
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    At first I was happy with the belief that this would lead to my unlimited plan transfer to my 4G iPhone (5th Generation). Then I got mad all over again because it will be throttled. Then I thought why the heck should iPad owners get this priviledge but not us iPhone owners.

    Solution for AT&T that would make everyone happy -> change unlimited to 10GB plans. All but the 24x7 video watching zombies would rejoice.

    Otherwise, AT&T suck it!
  21. macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2011
    I called CS and they said that all I need to do is go to att.com/ipadlanding choose "edit user and payment info" and then "update device information". There one can edit the IMEI and ICCID info for the iPad. Once the changes have been made, power cycle the new iPad and viola. Your unlimited service has just been transferred from one iPad to another. Oh yeah, and you do get unlimited 4G as well as 3G. They also told me that currently there is no deadline for when one would have to do this. In my situation, I cannot afford a new iPad for like 4 months, they said that is fine, as long as I keep paying.

    $30 for unlimited 4G? Yes preeze.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Of course it will vary depending on the location, but it seems that Verizon is always better. Take a look at some ATT sample speeds here,
    and a Verizon test here.
    I would assume Att will get slower as more people migrate to LTE, as they don't want to spend any money upgrading anything.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Month one:

    All you can use!

    Month two:

    It's still all you can use.. ( Hands of CEO start shaking when seeing network costs)

    Month three:

    Be fair with your data! (Margins making shareholders unhappy. CEO ticked.)

    Month four:

    If you use more then 5GB you're a dead man! (Account termination button at the ready.)
  24. macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2010
    time to sell?

    it could be 50/50 chance att decides to pull the throttle button on grandfathered unlimited plans.... Im thinking this is the time to part with it.
    i know i can check ebay and craigslist... but listings are prior att anouncement of this plan being carried for to ipad 3 - LTE....
    You guys is worth selling?
    What would be a good number to sell it for?
  25. macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    You can log into your AT&T iPad Data account at http://www.att.com/ipadlanding

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