Can I sign up for Unlimited 3G iPad service now, without an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by XciteMe, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. XciteMe macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Please help!!!

    This news about the 2GB Limit for future iPad owners has me quakin' and shakin' in my boots! :( I really really was looking forward to purchasing an iPad in the next couple weeks, I was just doing a bit of last-minute research to decide it's for me.

    Can I be "grandfathered" into the $30/unlimited plan without an iPad physically in my hands? Is there ANY way I can sign up for the plan on AT&T's website without an iPad?

    Please help. Thanks...
  2. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I don't think so -- but call AT&T. As of today, Apple still advertises unlimited 3G plans on their website. Do you plan on maintaining that $30 per month charge, uninterrupted for the life of the device? Realize that if you do not renew even once you'll lose the option of unlimited data anyway. It's stupid.
  3. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Probably not. It's all activated on the device itself.
  4. XciteMe thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Somebody in the other thread suggested the only "workaround" to get a 3G Unlimited if you don't have an iPad yet, is to purchase an iPad SIM at an AT&T store, take it into an Apple Store, and activate it on their display iPads.


    Not EVEN gonna attempt that. What Apple Store are you guys going to that don't have at least 2 security guards on duty all day, constantly monitoring the sales floor like hawks??? :rolleyes:
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Actually, if you go ahead and purchase an iPad or reserve one at an Apple store right now they might actually help you out in that regard,i.e., let you activate your SIM in one of their units. Certainly worth pursuing.
  6. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Exactly, even if not they're likely not going to care whatsoever.
  7. boysdontcry macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    New York
    Hi. So I purchased a 32GB 3G iPad on May 20th. It's scheduled for shipment on June 4th to deliver on June 9th!!! I obviously wasn't pleased about the new data plan news. Called AT&T this morning and after an hour and 2 supervisors (I got names and direct phone numbers) they promised to honor the $29.99 Unlimited Data Plan I intended on purchasing. We'll see if they honor that when I call to activate next Wednesday. It's staying in the box until they confirm on the phone that it's happening. If not, I will return it promptly at the Apple Store once I get off the phone. Hope it happens.
  8. Rhino666 macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2010
    Just fyi, I did this today. I got an iPad sim last night from an AT&T store, and luckily I work in an office with many 3g iPads. Slipped the sim in, activated the new account, and they still offered to 30/month plan for unlimited.

    I had planned on getting my gf the uber model iPad as a graduation gift, and without the unlimited data over 3g, it would have been seriously messed up. I can understand limits on most smartphones, but for the iPad, touting the ability to watch streaming video over the abc player and netflix, I see the unlimited data as absolutely essential. Sure you can save the bandwidth by using wifi, but if the wifi is not available, which was my goal with having a uniquely portable streaming media device, without the unlimited plan, I'da been screwed.

    So yeah, by the grace of god, I got my sim in hand, and that is a very special thing to have. I am damn committed that I will never let the plan lapse.
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Dude, you really need to relax over this. Your threads over the past few days border on psychosis.
  10. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida

  11. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Oh this is great.

    There's going to be all these panicked people running around like chickens with their heads cut off to ATT stores, and then sneaking around in Apple stores and Best Buys trying to activate the sim cards.

    Better hide your iPads.
  12. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Just order your 3G from apple by 6/6 and be done with it.

    No need to be a sim card thief!

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