New iPhone = disqualified for "unlimited" data plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jtara, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    Here's the latest disturbing aspect of ATT's sudden switch in iPhone/iPad data plans. According to one news story (sorry, can't find the source now...) persons who purchase the new iPhone expected out this month will have to sign-up for one of the new plans.

    As well, according to CNET's FAQ on the new ATT tiered pricing:

    until their contracts run out

    So, I'm screwed. My contract has already run out! (i.e. that's why I'm qualified to purchase the new iPhone at the subsidized price. Most of the people buying the new phone will have had their contracts run-out and will be signing new contracts.

    If they don't get you on the first rule, they get you on the second...

    These might just be different interpretations of the same rule/statement from ATT. One of the problems is that this has happened so fast that news media doesn't even have it all sorted-out yet...

    I will SO go back to Verizon if they do get the iPhone this fall. (Or whenever that happens.) I'll happily pay whatever fee ATT extracts from me to be relieved of their bad service and anti-consumer attitude. I was a Verizon customer for many years, and never had a complaint about their coverage or their excellent customer service. While they are generally the most expensive carrier, you get what you pay for. They would never pull this kind of crap out of a hat like this.
  2. joshwithachance macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    Glad that I'm doing an early upgrade and have only had my contract open for 7 months.


    stinks for you though :/
    I hope they kind of give you a break or something...
  3. Daiden macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Just to point out the obvious here, but Verizon (and probably Sprint) will follow suit with AT&T and create similar plans for their phones in a month or so. Most mobile carriers have a "follow the leader" mentality.
  4. iphone529 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2007
    Your reading into this too much, it clearly states that any current customer who is on an unlimited plan is grandfathered in.
  5. Speedracer04 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Its already been stated multiple times that AT&T will allow current iPhone owners to keep their unlimited plans....Only new customers will be required to switch to the tiered plans :rolleyes:
  6. iPhone3GCrazed macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2008
    Something about that CNET article is irking me. They might have their facts wrong (I sure hope they do.)

    Huh? This is contradictory to what I've seen AT&T telling people, including me, on their Facebook page.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why are you screwed - are you using more then 2gb per month?
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Probably not screwed anyway. You are on month to month unlimited. According to AT&T you can keep the plan. ;)
  9. sms0217ny macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    Curious about people's thoughts on this:

    Does the grandfathered in clause apply if you are eligible for a full discounted upgrade but are 1 year into your contract and are resigning a 2 year commitment?
  10. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816


    Nov 4, 2008
    AT&T has already stated that if you are already on an unlimited plan, when you go to upgrade to a new iPhone, you'll still be able to choose the unlimited data plan option. HOWEVER, if you choose to get off of it and go for the cheaper, there is a chance you wont be able to get back on. I called AT&T yesterday and those are his exact words he told me.
  11. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Why doesn't everyone who is moaning and whinging about this simply move to another provider? Do we really need your complaints repeated ad-nauseum when you can simply switch?
  12. sms0217ny macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    Thanks for the input!
  13. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    This makes no sense, because the majority of iPhone users that are buying G4 iPhones (even if you don't upgrade early) will be renewing their contract, which contradicts what AT&T had published.

    OBVIOUSLY, buying a new iPhone and using it on your same contract means that AT&T by LAW must honor the $30/unlimited.

    This is the first claim to contradict the rest, hopefully they have it wrong ...
  14. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
  15. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    What are you talking about?? If you want an iPhone you need ATT, they are still the ONLY provider who carries service on the iPhone in the US. So no, you can't simply switch!
  16. jtara thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    What's the deal with those? That's what I have... Mine doesn't provide a discount on the data plan, though, just voice. (Sony)

    The biggest problem is that there's so little time to sort this out, and neither the press nor ATT reps really have a handle on it yet.

    This will be up there with "new coke".
  17. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
  18. Mr. Chewbacca macrumors 6502a

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX
    If someone other than AT&T had the iPhone we would. Why are you reading threads about something you dont want to hear about?
  19. Fabienne macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2009
    Some super-sexy place in the Midwest
  20. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    This thread is full of misinformation, and what correct information is being posted is getting lost amid the dreck. Let me try to put it as simply as possible:
    • If you now have a $30/mo unlimited data plan, either a SmartPhone Unlimited plan or an iPhone Unlimited plan (but not a BlackBerry Unlimited plan), you will be able to keep your data plan indefinitely, whether in contract or out of contract.
    • You can upgrade your phone and extend/renew your contract on the same line without losing your unlimited data plan. This is true whether you are upgrading from an iPhone to a new iPhone, from another smart phone to an iPhone, or from an iPhone to another brand of smart phone (BlackBerry excluded).
    • Even iPhone 2G users who are still on their $20/mo unlimited 2G data plan are grandfathered in and will be able to upgrade to the $30/mo unlimited plan if they upgrade their line to a newer 3G smart phone, including a 3G-capable iPhone.
    • The only way to lose your 30/mo unlimited data plan is specifically to request to be placed on one of the new cheaper tiered data plans. Otherwise you can keep your current data plan as long as you want.

    Anything contradicting these points that you read in any article or hear through a friend -- or even hear from your local AT&T CSR -- is simply wrong.
  21. iPhone3GCrazed macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2008
    This is everything I've heard as correct. Haven't heard about the Blackberry exclusion, but that's interesting.
  22. DifferentialApp macrumors regular

    May 14, 2010
    iPad users can also continue using the unlimited, right?
  23. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    I'm not sure, but here's what it said on Gizmodo:

    If you buy before June 7.

    • Can you point me to a source on that BB statement?

      • I'm going to step up now and call you out on this as completely false. Everywhere I've read, including from an AT&T employed moderator on the AT&T forums say ANY smartphone plan is grandfathered.
  24. jtara thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    But, apparently, only if you maintain the data plan every month. Skip a month and it is done.
  25. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
    Correct, but the only way to skip a month would be to remove the data plan, which isn't going to happen unless a customer also removed the smartphone from their account, due to AT&T's mandatory data plan on all smartphones rule.

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