AT&T iPad Unlimited Plan Price Increase (again)

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  1. ebika macrumors 6502

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    I just received an email informing me that my ancient iPad unlimited data plan is going up in price again. Did others receive this too?
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    I know they have it in their terms that prices change, but I really wish we could keep the terms as they exist at signup. It's frustrating.
     
  2. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502a

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    Unlimited data is basically non-existent in the UK. Makes you wonder if they are trying to get people off of it by pricing them out, rather than attract the attention that would come with pulling it altogether.

    Seems a hefty increase in one go.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    How much are you paying with the old iPad plan? I pay $20 a month (plus taxes) for unlimited with Verizon.
     
  4. Proteinaceous macrumors member

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    I got the same notice. I’ve have the original unlimited iPad data plan since the first iPad was introduced. However, this is the first increase since I started the plan.
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    Are you paying $20 for a stand-alone iPad data plan or $20 as an “add on” to an unlimited cellular plan that includes your phone(s)?
     
  5. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    The $20 is for unlimited attached to my iPhone unlimited plan. The iPad only plan would be a lot more expensive. I don't believe Verizon offers a iPad only unlimited plan.
     
  6. ebika thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought the original price was $24.99. I looked it up, I was mistaken, it started as $29.99. Still, an increase is a bummer since it changes the original terms.
     
  7. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Are you making good use of unlimited data, or are you using data sparingly? If the latter, consider using your phone as a hotspot when needed. Doing that would save you that monthly fee.
     
  8. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    I also have the original $29.99 per month plan for my iPad. And I did get the email today as well.

    I also had a similar grandfathered unlimited plan for my iPhone. I had to travel to Europe a few times and in order to get the $10 per day add on, ATT said I needed to go to a different plan - the newer unlimited. Of course, they didn’t tell me that the new unlimited plan was throttled right at the start. I got off that slow unlimited plan and went to a 5 GB plan.

    I won’t give up the unlimited on the iPad. I do use it a lot when traveling. It’s nice to have it for GPS and when the WiFi at the hotel is crappy.
     
  9. Proteinaceous macrumors member

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    Agreed. :(
     
  10. tps3443 macrumors 6502a

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    My iPad is unlocked and I can use whoever I wish. I’m going to continue using AT&T prepaid. I used over 140GB of data last month just on my iPad. It never throttles, and it’s always fast, and it always gets LTE!

    The ATT pre-paid tablet plan is the best! And based on average download speeds, ATT was the fastest cellular network of everyone available. I dunno how true this is, but it is very fast, and I’ve got no reason to doubt there claim on there new commercial on TV.
     
  11. rikmac macrumors member

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    I got the same notice from the unlimited plan...
     
  12. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    As with real estate:

    Location, location, location
     
  13. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816

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    That’s terrible!
     
  14. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    I agree with you - the ATT grandfathered prepaid plan is the best. Although I would never come close to your usage, I like knowing that it is there when I need it - traveling, power outages, etc. I agree also that it has very decent download speeds - enough to stream movies with no buffering even in areas with not a great signal. Of course I’d love to keep paying the same price but I’d rather pay $5 more to keep the same plan.
     
  15. StarShot macrumors 6502a

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    Anywhere I travel outside of the US, I find a local sim card deal and swap my sim while I'm there. EasyPeasy.

    And of course I then hotspot from my phone to my iPad. On a recent trip to Australia, I hotspotted to 2 iPads, my wife's iPhone and my Surface Pro. Not sure if you're allowed to hotspot from ATT's $10 deal. A local sim at maybe $25 sure beats 7 days at ATT's rate of $70. I think my Aussie card was 12GB.
     
  16. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I was away on a business trip last week and was getting terrible T-Mobile service (I have a T-Mobile SIM card installed that is connected to my unlimited family plan).

    I bit and ordered the $35 30-day ATT unlimited data prepaid plan so I could get some work done. I will allow it to expire but worked well enough (better than the nearly non-existent T-Mobile service where I was). Nice to have the option though should same situation come up.

    But if I didn’t already have a data plan connected through my carrier’s family plan, I’d probably keep it.
     
  17. ebika thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My grandfathered AT&T iPhone unlimited data didn't allow tethering, so for years I kept the iPad data plan because of that. AT&T continued to raise rates and nickel and dime me, so I moved to T-Mobile unlimited for my iPhone for way less money per month (even compared to the 21% corp rate I had with AT&T). The tethering works, but AT&T coverage in buildings is still better, so I end up continuing to use the data through the iPad many times.
     
  18. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816

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    I am grandfathered in on the original AT&T ipad data plan. It’s been $29 since 2010. I’ve transfered it to every ipad I’ve owned since. It never went up once. I understood that is why they stopped this plan 3 months after the first ipad came out in 2010...because they realized they couldn’t legally raise the price. And why thousands of people like me kept their grandfathered plan all these years. They did find a way to legally throttle heavy data users...but they were never able to raise the price. I also received one of these emails. But i don’t believe it applies to us original grandfathered plan users.
     
  19. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the info. I’m retired now and don’t have to travel to Europe for work anymore but definitely good to know for pleasure travel in the future.
     
  20. ebika thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That notification was sent to me specifically about my grandfathered original iPad data plan. Do you have more details on why it may not apply to us?
     
  21. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    Oh I think it does apply to the original unlimited plans.
     
  22. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

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    To clarify, this is the FIRST increase for those with grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plans on an iPad.

    When AT&T first increased the unlimited data plan price for the iPhone, it did not do the same for the iPad.

    If you check your last bill, it was $29.99 -- the same price as it was when the unlimited data plan was first offered for the iPad.

    I'm glad I have 2 of these plans. The price is worth it, even with the extra $5.

    AT&T has always been good about the service too. When one of my credit cards expired but my mother forgot to tell me that the data on her device had stopped working, AT&T restarted the unlimited plan even though it had lapsed for 2 months.
     
  23. RevTEG macrumors 6502a

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    Does a rate increase actually change the terms? I got the email also. I'm still on the original grandfathered ATT unlimited plan. As much as I don't like the price increase or even ATT at times. They have allowed me to transfer the plan year after year when I upgraded iPads. I don't recall any of the fine print saying they couldn't increase the price or even let us stay on the plan when we change iPads.

    The wife and I are still on the original unlimited iPhone plans too.

    I use a lot of data at work and will pay the extra $5. Well $10 since I have two unlimited grandfathered iPad plans.
     
  24. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    By law, AT&T must make available any changes in terms to the aforementioned plan to all current subscribers. If they did make any changes past the price increase, there should be a link to the new TOS in the email or on their website.
     
  25. x13gamer macrumors regular

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    What do you mean it does not apply to the original grandfathered people? And what do you mean they can’t legally raise the price? they just did...
     

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