Unlimited Data

sigomez

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Not sure if this is the right place but has anyone noticed how expensive the grandfathered ATT Unlimited data plans are on Ebay? I was looking the other night and i saw then as high as $1500 with some people asking for $3500.

My questions is has anyone sold theirs or purchased one from eBay?
 

Hal~9000

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I purchased one from A1InfiniteData on eBay for $1,200 but became concerned that the extreme data usage of some owners of the plan would cause AT&T to finally look into things and cause the plan to be cancelled for us all. Yes: I get that the plan has been around for X amount of years and AT&T hasn't cancelled it yet Yes: I know that it was only available for 39 days and the owners of it make up a very tiny percentage of AT&T customers... but I just couldn't help shake the feeling that something would eventually happen and I'd lose my $1,200 because other people were using 2 terabytes per month to power their business from home. It just didn't sit right with me so I wanted out.

I wanted to sell mine but didn't trust eBays or Paypal to protect me from scammers. It would have been VERY easy for someone to pay for the plan, get the credentials I sent them, then (after changing the login / password) say "It didn't work" and open up a dispute to get their money back. I ended up advertising here on macrumors and also on craigslist that I would only do the sale / transfer of my plan in person and strictly for cash. Luckily, a wonderful member on here was living in my area and we met up at a Best Buy for the transfer.

P.S. the plan stopped being offered back in 2010... yet when I bought mine in 2015 and first logged into the account I saw that my plan had only recently been created a few months earlier (others had the same experience). It seemed like someone found a glitch in the system and started making iPad unlimited data accounts for profit.
 

sigomez

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I purchased one from A1InfiniteData on eBay for $1,200 but became concerned that the extreme data usage of some owners of the plan would cause AT&T to finally look into things and cause the plan to be cancelled for us all. Yes: I get that the plan has been around for X amount of years and AT&T hasn't cancelled it yet Yes: I know that it was only available for 39 days and the owners of it make up a very tiny percentage of AT&T customers... but I just couldn't help shake the feeling that something would eventually happen and I'd lose my $1,200 because other people were using 2 terabytes per month to power their business from home. It just didn't sit right with me so I wanted out.

I wanted to sell mine but didn't trust eBays or Paypal to protect me from scammers. It would have been VERY easy for someone to pay for the plan, get the credentials I sent them, then (after changing the login / password) say "It didn't work" and open up a dispute to get their money back. I ended up advertising here on macrumors and also on craigslist that I would only do the sale / transfer of my plan in person and strictly for cash. Luckily, a wonderful member on here was living in my area and we met up at a Best Buy for the transfer.

P.S. the plan stopped being offered back in 2010... yet when I bought mine in 2015 and first logged into the account I saw that my plan had only recently been created a few months earlier (others had the same experience). It seemed like someone found a glitch in the system and started making iPad unlimited data accounts for profit.

Thank you so much for replying to the post. I still have mine from 2010 and have been thinking about selling it on Ebay but now that you mention the risk associated with it I may need to think twice.
 

Goatllama

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UNLIMITED DATAAAAAAA
 

Hal~9000

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Thank you so much for replying to the post. I still have mine from 2010 and have been thinking about selling it on Ebay but now that you mention the risk associated with it I may need to think twice.

No problem. Yeah, I did a lot of research into eBays/Paypals return policy and while it's great for buyers (and scammers) it's generally terrible for a seller and very easy to be ripped off. The high prices that the unlimited plan currently sell for on eBay to me is complete fools gold since you're basically playing Russian Roulette by selling on eBay and just praying that someone doesn't scam you for $1,500+. There literally is no way possible to prepare against the scam either, absolutely none. If they say "the login credentials didn't work" and open a PayPal dispute you are basically S.O.L. since theres no way to prove to eBay / Paypal that it did work for them and that they now have the account access, not to mention you're selling something intangible that isn't covered under eBays policy.

And it's not just Paypal that you have to worry about a chargeback with, literally ANY form of payment (besides cash, western union, or bitcoin) can have a scammer simply open up a dispute minutes after he changes the login to the unlimited data plan.

At one point, before getting lucky and selling my plan to a macrumors member that actually lived in my area, I was contacted by another macrumors newbie who just joined the forum so he could try to buy my plan and said he had a friend who could perhaps meet with me and buy my plan in person. Well, turns out his friend lived up north 600 miles away and wasn't able to meet up (go figure? :rolleyes:), so the guy tried like crazy to sell me on him paying me with some other method besides cash since he lived in another state. He suggested he could send me a Chase Quickpay, do a Paypal Gift, a Post Office Money Order, even a Bank Wire... but I researched them all quite extensively and every single one can be chargedbacked by fraud departments if the person you sold your plan to is a scammer and claims their account login was hacked and it wasnt them sending the money or it was a family member that went to the bank and did the wire transfer without their authorization, etc.

I got really lucky finding someone on the forum who A) not only lived in my area but B) knew about the power of the unlimited data plan and was willing to meet up craigslist style with $1,200 cash on them, but man... how many people out there fit the above two criteria? Not many imo. If I ever buy an unlimited plan again I'll do it assuming I'll never be able to sell it and that I am simply paying X amount to keep the plan until AT&T notices the extreme usage by other unlimited plan owners and cancels it.
 
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Nhwhazup

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I have unlimited data on both my iPhone and iPad. I've been approached by others to purchase them for over $1000 each but will keep them. I told my kids they will be in my will.
 

M. Gustave

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Doesn't AT&T throttle all unlimited plans? I know if you sign up for one now, which they're offering again, they explicitly state that they begin throttling at 22GB per month.

I'm wondering what the point of 'unlimited' data is if you're buffering all day long... I have a 60GB plan, but it's a solid 50+ mbps up and down right up to the end.
 

Hal~9000

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Doesn't AT&T throttle all unlimited plans? I know if you sign up for one now, which they're offering again, they explicitly state that they begin throttling at 22GB per month.

I'm wondering what the point of 'unlimited' data is if you're buffering all day long... I have a 60GB plan, but it's a solid 50+ mbps up and down right up to the end.

No.

You're thinking of the old iPhone unlimited plan (deprioritized if you're in a congested area after using 22gb) or the recent unlimited plan thats tied into you being a direct TV customer (deprioritized if in a congested area after using 22gb).

The unlimited plan this thread is talking about though (Prepaid $29.99 per month and only offered for 39 days back in 2010) is completely unthrottled, truly unlimited, and (best of all) doesn't get checked by AT&T if you tether with it or put it in a dedicated hotspot to power your home internet. People here have used it to rack up hundreds and hundreds of GB per month via tethering with their iPad or putting the SIM card in a Unite Hotspot... hence why the plan is so valuable.
 
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ssledoux

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AT&T throttles you after 22 gb per device. We are thinking of going with it at this point because 4 phones and 2 iPads are sharing 40 gigs. It will give those of really using it double what we have now (one of my daughters has really great wifi at her house and rarely uses any data).

For me it would give me 22 gb on my phone AND 22 gb on my iPad, so I'd have 44 gigs total before I'd get throttled. I'm using about 12-14 between the two devices right now, so I would probably feel like I won the lotto.

I have kicked myself many a time for dropping our unlimited some years back, but with so many on our plan (and no smart phones at the time), I had to cut the cost. I sure have paid for that over the last 6-8 years. I should probably OWN AT&T about now. ;-p
 

macher

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AT&T throttles you after 22 gb per device. We are thinking of going with it at this point because 4 phones and 2 iPads are sharing 40 gigs. It will give those of really using it double what we have now (one of my daughters has really great wifi at her house and rarely uses any data).

For me it would give me 22 gb on my phone AND 22 gb on my iPad, so I'd have 44 gigs total before I'd get throttled. I'm using about 12-14 between the two devices right now, so I would probably feel like I won the lotto.

I have kicked myself many a time for dropping our unlimited some years back, but with so many on our plan (and no smart phones at the time), I had to cut the cost. I sure have paid for that over the last 6-8 years. I should probably OWN AT&T about now. ;-p

It's not a throttle it's de-prioritization.
 

Yardman1977

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Thank you so much for replying to the post. I still have mine from 2010 and have been thinking about selling it on Ebay but now that you mention the risk associated with it I may need to think twice.
If anyone lives in chicagoland area i will give you 1100 cash for yor plan and will meet you inside a police station to,do the transaction. I have 1 plan for myself but my son wants one now too.pm me if interested
 

Hal~9000

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Maybe not directly but if you are jail broken or run rooted android you can enable tethering on the unlimited plan.

If you do this on an old school iPhone unlimited plan AT&T will text you pretty quickly saying if you tether again they will move you to a more expensive, non-unlimited plan.
 
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