iPad Swapping Unlimited Data Plan From iPhone to Pad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iMas70, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2012
    Has anyone swapped their unlimited data plan from their iPhone to their iPad? I didn't realize it could be done until a rep suggested it tonight. I usually use 1-2GB on my phone and if I really and I mean really try, then I can use over 3 but I have to work at it.

    My kids use the iPad for Netflix and things like that so it gets more data use. The only drawbacks that I see are -

    1 - I'll have to swap phone numbers so my cell number will be that of the iPad.

    2 - Facetime might be limited but I've recently been able to make FT calls on my iPhone with the Unlimited plan so I think that will be ok.

    What do you think?
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    I remember reading that someone who did that got a notice from AT&T with a warning

    I could be wrong though - but those store reps are more sales people than they are service so don't take their word for it
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2012
    I called ATT's customer service dept (611). The person that I talked to suggested it. I believe he said that he did it.

    I wasn't aware that it could be done until he mentioned it and I asked if I could swap back later if I wanted to and not use my Unlimited plan. He said yes. All good as long as I don't give up the plan.
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    If you end up trying it please let us know if you get any notices from AT&T
    Would be interested to know
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2012
    I stopped into an AT&T store today to ask. I was told the same thing, it would just be a matter of swapping numbers and between the devices. The plans would follow them.

    I'm going to check this out when I have a few extra minutes. I'm wondering if I can set up my current cell number to call forward to the iPad number if I swap the numbers?
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    Definitely not doable. I put an ipad sim in a phone one time and all texts and calls are blocked. You can, however, forward the calls to a landline or a phone you'll be near while you do the swap
  7. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I asked that very question to an AT&T rep at a company store about 7 months ago and they said it wasn't possible to transfer an unlimited data plan from an iPhone to an iPad. However, maybe things changed.

    I'd also be interested to know if you get them to do it!
  8. macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I have a semi-similar question:

    I have an iPhone 5 on AT&T and I'm grandfathered with unlimited data. Would it be possible for me to get unlimited data on a new iPad?
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    You can try going to a store and sweet talking them to get a rep on the phone to do if for you but other than that, no way. It's not profitable enough for them
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2012

    That's what I have and was told that it can be done. Both by calling AT&T and when I stopped into an AT&T store a few days ago. Each person said that the plans can be swapped between devices. It would be a matter of swapping numbers so your phone would have the iPad's number. The plans follow the phone number.

    I'm trying to decide if I want to give up the number that I've had forever.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2012
    Update - I decided swapping plans between devices will be the best thing for me. I hardly broke 2 gig when my phone wasn't being used for Netflix so a 3GB plan will be fine on that. The iPad needs a lot of data because my kids use it for Netflix when we are out plus I can use that for anything so I won't be limited.

    I called AT&T today to get the scoop and was told that it can't be done. Huh!? A guy at AT&T (611) suggested it to me, I confirmed that it could be done at an AT&T store and now I'm told that it can't be done! My new month starts on Thursday so I'll be going to the AT&T store that I stopped into to see about doing the swap. If it happens, this will be a good way to weed out friends that no longer need my number! :)
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Over here
    Found out the way you did. Some reps just do not know the answer to a question, and later finding out one cannot do this. Always get a supervisor, than hold your breath, because it still may not be true....
  13. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
    My experience with AT&T and Verizon

    I haven't had an AT&T phone before but I hear that it cannot be done under any circumstance. The only way your going to get unlimited data on AT&T on an iPad is to buy the grandfathered month to month playoff Craigslist or eBay. They run for $500 last I checked, and $30 a month. Make sure you have all the right info if/when you do the transfer.

    Now at the moment I'm typing this on my iPad on Verizon with it's unlimited data plan. I had it on a LTE phone and just moved the sim over to the iPad. That simple. I use about 250-480GB a month on the plan haven't heard from Verizon at all.
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2012
    I don't remember exactly what the people in the store said had to be done, but I believe they say the sims needed to be replaced or swapped. Maybe I should just try swapping sims on Thursday.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007

    Warning. Att will send u a nasty text to stop and than disable your data the rest of the month.

    Don't do it.

    This is the reason I have a verizon LTE iPad. Verizon by FCC agreement cannot disable or stop LTE sim switching. So I can verizon LTE sim (unlimited data) from my phone in my verizon LTE iPad. Verizon cannot disable my data. That's the real reason verizon forces people off unlimited data if they use subsidy upgrade.

    ATT does not have this agreement with FCC. So they can and will eventually block your data if you do this. And they can kick u off unlimited data if you continue to switch from iPhone to iPad.
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2012
    Well... I can confirm that it can't be done through AT&T. I went to my local AT&T store today and thought everything was going to be good. The person that I talked to said that there was a way to do it. He swapped the numbers between the devices, activated the phone but couldn't activate the iPad. He tried it a few ways with no success. After that failed he suggested that I call AT&T because they can do more than a store can so I did that. Again, it got close and I thought it was going to work but no luck. The rep told me that it could be done if I was swapping the plan to another phone but it can't be swapped to an iPad. So... everything pretty much went back to normal.

    But, I was able increase my data plan from 3GB to 5GB for an extra $8.50 per month. I get a 23% discount through the company that I work for. That discount doesn't apply to the 3GB plan but it does apply to the 5GB plan (strange). I wish I would have known that before. I was told that it didn't apply to the iPad's plan I had but nobody told me that it would apply to the next one up. So I bumped up my plan and all should be good.
  17. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    It wasnt working because you had to change your apn from "broadband" to something else which you can find at www.unlockit.co.nz
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2010
    This is still the same case with AT&T correct? Can't put nano sim from iPhone to iPad air?

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