Carrier Keep or Lose ATT Grandfathered Unlimited...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by samcraig, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Advice -

    I currently have unlimited (grandfathered) with ATT. In the past 2 years - I have only gone over 3GB twice (and not by much).

    I have loads of Amazon credit and am going to upgrade my phone. However - if I go via Amazon, I will lose unlimited.

    To keep or not to keep unlimited is the question. I think I am leaning towards keeping because you never know in the future what services will use more data. But on the flip side - unlimited might not be grandfathered forever, it does save me $250 out of pocket to use Amazon and I'm on WiFi a lot.


  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Don't they throttle your bandwidth down as you approach (or exceed) 2GB of data?

    I think too many people hold onto the unlimited bandwidth to their detriment, that is avoid certain upgrades that will actually benefit them more then what the unlimited bandwidth provides.

    Just my $.02
  3. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Agreed. I've never experienced throttling as far as I know..

    Just a little nerve-wracking to give it up - wonder if others here have and don't regret it at all...
  4. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I gave up my unlimited AT&T plan to switch to T-mobile.

    If you're considering losing it, I say you don't need it. If you did need it, you would know for sure.
  5. MSampson macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2008
    Look into selling it if you are going to get rid of it. Some people make a bunch of cash from them. Unlimited iPad plans are selling for $800 on eBay.
  6. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    You won't loose your unlimited if you get a new phone.
  7. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Ordering via Amazon? AT&T pretty much guaranteed it
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    3GB on 3G or 5GB on LTE. Even though I have broken 5GB a few times and haven't been throttled. According to some AT&T reps you have to break 5GB and be in the top 5% of your area.

    I wouldn't get rid of my unlimited for anything. Though hardly do I ever go past 5GB, its nice to know that if I had to, it won't cost me anything else. But then again I am paying $30 for unlimited, vs. $50 for 5GB.
  9. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    If I had that usage it would be no contest/question. In the past 24 months - I've only gone over 3gb twice - and it was still less than 4gb. Isn't it $10 per gig over your plan? Right now I pay $30 for unlimited. 3GB would also be $30. So seems less of an issue on paper.
  10. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    I wouldn't give up my unlimited data plan for anything. There's just something about piece of mind knowing I don't ever have to worry about how much data I eat up. I have t-mo and use 11-13 GB/ month so I guess you could say I'm very liberal with my data usage.
  11. Mr Kram macrumors 68000

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    it really depends on your personal usage. i'm always on wifi and i have never exceeded 2GB in 5 years. i also don't stream a bunch of stuff so even if i had no wifi, 2 or 3GB would be enough for me.
  12. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Wasted time/effort. Amazon doesn't allow gift cards to be used for cell service. LOL - oh well... Thanks everyone!
  13. Voodoofreak macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    I would recommend keeping your grandfathered unlimited data plan. As far as I know, switching phones doesn't make you lose your plans.
  14. 262Runnr macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2008
    I had 2 lines grandfathered with unlimited data that gave up. I really don't use all that much data. I gained the unlimited talk and text which I use more.
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I gave up my unlimited data quite awhile ago. Since I'm almost always near wifi, I rarely go over 500 MB of data in a month.
  17. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Same here. It's one of the soft benefits from working from home. I think having the hotspot functionality would be nice. The kids could use their iPods in the car and that means one more place I don't have to talk to them. ;)
  18. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    my iphone is on AT&T shared plan and my work galaxy s3 is on verizon with unlimited data

    i use 1.5GB or so on both phones. i rarely stream music, youtube or netflix or porn. lots of other things to do on smartphones
  19. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    You never know when you need it. I'm not sure what tariffs they have in America but there are still networks in the UK offering unlimited data.

    I went away for 5 days recently and used 7GB mainly tethering and watching Netflix.

    You obviously dont have that flexibility on restricted plans. I also rarely use more than 2GB in a month - but occasionally i can go nuts, download a load of music from icloud at the airport / train station if i'm going travelling and out of coverage - tethering on the train, tether in hotels or on holiday etc.

    It gives you a lot of freedom.

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