Carrier Mkt Price of Grandfathered ATT Unlimited iPad Plan?

Chupa Chupa

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I'm thinking about selling my grandfathered ATT unlimited plan. I know the value has plummeted since ATT announced they are now throttle eligible. A look on eBay and prices are all over the place -- hard to tell which ones are legit and which are fraudsters. Some "buy it now" listings are $120 including a month of service. Not sure why anyone would bother listing if that is all they can get. Others recently sold for $500 but current listings include $500 or best offer and they are sitting. So I'm a bit confused as to the real market value and if there is still a market.

Anyone recently sold theirs or have any insight here?
 

garyleecn

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I think the $120 are rentals, so those who done actually want to sign up any long term contract, or use it long term. May be good for travelers who only stays in US for like a month or two
 

Chupa Chupa

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I think the $120 are rentals, so those who done actually want to sign up any long term contract, or use it long term. May be good for travelers who only stays in US for like a month or two
I guess that makes sense. So then looks like $500-750 is the avg. going rate for a total sale/transfer and $1000 at the extreme.
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I think the add on pricing for an unlimited plan are killing the resale values of the old grandfathered plan.
No, what killed the resale value is when ATT announced iPad plans could be throttled. Previously they could not so you could literally use 1TB of data with confidence. A lot of people broke the rules and put the SIM in a hotspot and used it as their main Internet, not just iPad. That is when ATT put the hammer down. Even today you can use more than 23GB of data easy but there is no guarantee ATT won't shut it down.
 

mousie72

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ATT brought back $29.99 unlimited prepaid iPad plan a few weeks ago with the same auto renewal option and 22GB throttling threshold. You can sign it up on a iPad directly.
 
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robbietop

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ATT brought back $29.99 unlimited prepaid iPad plan a few weeks ago with the same auto renewal option and 22GB throttling threshold. You can sign it up on a iPad directly.
Yeah, I got rid of my Grandfathered Plan when they did that.
The AT&T guy told me it was truly better to get rid of the old plan due to the facts:
  1. There is no discernible difference between the Grandfathered plan and the new one in terms of data usage, other than pricing. Which for me, I was paying $15 more for the Grandfathered plan and still being throttled after 22GB
  2. The new unlimited plan has tethering. Something I was loathe to give up my grandfathered plan for. Now, I did! And using it is such a great thing when you go out somewhere and you do not have Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi is Paywalled.
  3. This new plan will likely not be going anywhere in the data driven world we live. However, the AT&T rep did state that AT&T is NOT required to keep the Grandfathered plan. They merely did so due to customer outcry. So, he told me I could stay on the old plan and pay more for less services (tethering, SMS, etc), or I could sit and wait for AT&T to force me eventually to move off it. I got a great deal to switch early.
While you may think I was bamboozled by the sales Rep, I work in Telecom. AT&T will eventually pull the rug out of the stragglers on the Grandfathered plans when there are not enough to cause a stink about it. And since AT&T is not obligated to KEEP the SAME PRICE, they are eventually going to just force you to leave it due to the sheer cost they will impose.

Plus, he did let me know that throttling on the new plan is not as vicious as the Grandfathered. I am not kidding. I got a text message every month from AT&T about how I was using too much data. I would then be slow for the last week of the month. If you remain, you will be throttled without mercy and at 22.0001 GB most likely!


Get rid of the Grandfathered Plan. Don't be stubborn. It's going to be throttleville. And then chargeville. And then switchville. Like ME!