Thinking about giving up unlimited data. Am I crazy?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eekcat, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. eekcat macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    So right now I'm grandfathered onto AT&T unlimited data, and it appears to be popular opinion that having unlimited is a good thing. However, I'm thinking of going to the 4GB plan to take advantage of tethering... just as an option. I suppose there's no going back though. I also carry around a Verizon LTE mifi/hotspot (work pays for both), but it would be nice to have a GSM hotspot option. Would it be foolish to give up my unlimited AT&T plan? :confused:
  2. rrjr80 macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    I hate to be one of "those" people, but you should just jailbreak your device. It isn't very complicated and there is currently a very easy to follow online tutorial. Then you can pay a one time fee of $19.99 for MyWi 4.0 which offers various easy to use tethering options.

    Then you can avoid losing unlimited data, which I personally wouldn't give up unless one day we are forced to do so by AT&T.

    The iPhone Hacks forum on this site will get you started.
  3. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
  4. Peanut207 macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    No not at all. I gave up my unlimited data for the tethering option and I'm loving it! It's quick, easy and convenient. Plus the battery drain is excellent while using the personal hotspot. Can't say the same for the jailbroken mywi which drains the battery much faster.

    Who cares if you have unlimited data if you're not using it. With the tethering feauture you get 4GB of data, which for me at least is plenty. Just take a look at your past few months of data usage and check to see if you are passing the 4GB mark. If not I would do it in a heart beat! :)
  5. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    do you use more than 4gb of data regularly or ever?

    If yes, don't give it up, if no, give it up.
  6. Peanut207 macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    Even if you go over once or twice a year what is it like $10 a GB over? Small price to pay for the luxury of tethering. Plus you're paying $5/month extra for unlimited which most people do not even take advantage of.
  7. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    ^^^ this.
  8. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US
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    As AT&T has been sending out love letters to those using MyWi, I don't think the jailbreak route is going to work here. (not that there aren't plenty of other good reasons to jailbreak though)

    OP, I would start by looking at your average monthly data use. If it's safely under 2GB then you probably don't have much to lose by jumping over to the $25/2GB data plan and turning on the extra 2GB/$20 tether as needed.

    If your usual monthly data use exceeds 2GB though, I wouldn't do it as much of your "extra" data will be eaten up by your regular phone use, and tethering a PC can eat up a LOT of data very quickly.
  9. fanboy05 macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2011
    yes you are crazy. if you need to tether, jailbreak.
  10. deenybird macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    Yet another person chiming in that the above is indeed the truth. How many of us all saying the same thing will it take? Shouldn't be more than 5 or so....
  11. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Jailbreak and use MyWi. 4 to go...
  12. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
  13. Ke1ington macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2009
    Indeed, jailbreaking is the way to go.

    MyWi and My3G (download files over 20mb, watch hi-def YouTube all without wifi) make it all worth it.

    And if you don't use the MyWi tethering a ridiculous amount AT&T won't say a thing. I haven't gotten any "love letters" yet.
  14. OMGbrandon macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Miami, FL
    Jailbreak is simple enough, MyWi is awesome.
  15. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I am in a similar boat. The main thing that concerns me is the future. That is to say, as mobile tech improves we will use more data. I don't want to loose my unlimited and then in a year or two it might be "normal" for me to be using over 4GB a month. Then again, ATT will probably eventually force us all out of the unlimited anyway.
  16. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    if work is paying, I don't see any reason to give it up.
  17. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    The move to LTE will force people to stay on 3G or lose the unlimited plans.

    I made the move after using the he'll out of my tethered iPad and laptop for a month. I let SLingplayer stream pretty much all day for nearly a week at work and did thing I would never normally do. I went from 3.2gig to a one month spike of 10.5gigs. It was insane how much effort that was to use that kind of data at work.

    Made the switch to tethered on the 4gig plan and love the ease of the legit hotspot. Not to mention no more hassles with JB and the flakey restarts I did damn near daily to get MyWi to run anyhow. Glad the hassles are gone, no other reason form me to JB so worked out for me.
  18. bigbadnewill macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    I'd give it up personally! In the 5 months i've had my iPhone 4 i've used about 2.5gb of data.

    As mentioned though, if you regularly use more than 4gb, or anywhere close to that amount i'd consider not doing it.
  19. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Sooner or later AT&T will push everyone off the unlimited plan. It is only a matter of time. I still have my unlimited account but seldom use more than a few GB a month. I would never teather, just to S L O W ....:p
  20. ipxmbx macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2011
    Not to be negative but what if you lose or change jobs?

    I'm grandfathered in and Never giving it up. Just when you least expect it you'll wish you had it.

    I'm not going to be Crazy :)
  21. iFiend, Apr 6, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011

    iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011
    Instead of jailbreaking and installing MyWi, jailbreak and install TetherMe. 1/4 of the price, uses native tethering so battery life is top notch, and keep your unlimited. FYI- I've been using both MyWi (back when I had my 3G) and more recently TetherMe (since I got my iPhone 4, first 4.0 jailbreak) and have gotten no "love" letter. Just keep it real (I've never gone over 4GB a month) and you'll be GTG.

    Forgot to mention - needing to use more and more data is increasing every day. When :apple: introduces cloud syncing and streaming you'll wish you had unlimited :)
  22. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
  23. mdlooker macrumors 65816


    Mar 7, 2011
    I also am grandfathered in and really have never gone above 2G on my phone. Once I tie in the computer, then there may be a whole different story.

    Use your LTE for about 4-6 and put yourself through all types of scenarios you could be in terms of CPU usage and look a the MB/GB usage trend. If it's high, you know the answer. This may include traveling. I just don't see why you would need to cut your throat if you don't need to.
  24. tlbwriter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    Wait... I can't tether without jailbreaking unless I give up the unlimited data plan? Crap.
  25. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    If you have no interest in any video and can promise yourself that you won't in the future, yes...give it up

    If not, I would stay on it as unlimited will be insanely valuable in the future with video exploding

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