Carrier Unlimited/high data ipad plans?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jc8081, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. jc8081 macrumors member

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    I really want to get ipad data but it's pointless if I cannot get 10gb+ of 4g lte because I plan on streaming movies and other things.
    So my question is do any of you have any ideas of how to go about getting a lot of data whether it be an actually plan or giving my ipad a hotspot through a device or phone. I seen tmobile and metropcs offer a unlimited data plans on their phones with limited hotspot is there a way around that?

    Also i will only need the data in one location (my work) but wouldn't be able to hook up to a phone line if that helps. Thanks
     
  2. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Buy an ATT unlimited SIM card from eBay or Craigslist. They run from $200-700 usually.
     
  3. jc8081 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! I actually just found that right after I typed this post. Do you know how those work? Is it easy to transfer? I read it needs to be a prepaid account? Is that what they all are on eBay?

    Sorry I'm just really new to this....I don't want to buy one then not be able to transfer it or lose the grandfathered plan for some reason on accident
     
  4. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

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    Very easy to transfer. The person selling it needs to give you access to the AT&T account management page. From there you can attach the plan to your iPad's SIM and change the payment method to your own card.
     
  5. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    Something to keep in mind, at least from AT&T is that they will throttle you and send nasty emails when you exceed 4gb. I think their "unlimited data" cap is 5gb.

    I still have a grandfathered unlimited LTE data plan for my phone, and I rarely use beyond 1-2gb, but I did get a nastygram for going over 4gb once, with threats of cancelling my plan.

    I'd like to think the original iPad unlimited plan is different, since mine is a phone LTE unlimited plan, but it's something you might want to keep an eye out for.
     
  6. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    Is that even legal? I mean unlimited is pretty self-explanatory to me. Have you consulted an attorney? You may have a case.
     
  7. YodasMaster macrumors member

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    The unlimited AT&T ipad plans are NOT throttled like the iphone plans.
     
  8. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I think they have backed off on the throttling a little. I have the grandfathered unlimited plan on my iPhone 5 and I am at 36gb this month. No throttling yet. I used to get throttled so much that my data was pretty much unusable.
     
  9. dsampley macrumors regular

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    I have used more then 5gb on my unlimited iPad data plan and have never seen where I have been throttled.
     
  10. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    Depending on your market and available bandwidth, throttling is a thing of the past.:)
     
  11. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    Glad they're not throttling. I don't think I've ever been throttled on my phone since I'm not a high gb user. But 36gb wow! :) Have you gotten their warning texts at 4gb or 5gb though? I try not to push their "limits" so I've only exceeded 4gb once.
     
  12. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I used to get them, not anymore. Maybe they gave up on me haha.

    I don't usually use this much, but I've been streaming Netflix a lot lately.
     

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