Unused but active unlimited data sim?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Cutwolf, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Cutwolf macrumors 6502

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    If I were to purchase an unlimited data sim off of ebay, is there a window where I have to put it in an iPad before it's canceled or anything?

    Might be a silly question, but I don't have my 3G iPad 2 yet, and since I think unlimited data sim prices will only go up (and will become harder to find), I wanted to purchase it now and keep the plan active until I can get my hands on the iPad.

    Anything to worry about?
     
  2. schmoopy.design macrumors regular

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    Pretty sure payment can't lapse or you're SOL.
     
  3. Cutwolf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can manage payment online.

    I just want to make sure that as long as I'm paying for it, it will stay active even if not in a device (ie I don't want them to say, at the end of my billing cycle, "this sim is not being used. you can no longer renew it.")
     
  4. JeffMorse macrumors regular

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    Cutwolf,

    Be careful here. As I understand it, there is more to it than just plugging in the sim. You'll need 2 numbers from the old ipad (the IMEI and another number) and will need to call AT&T to do the swap.

    Also, once the plan lapses it's over and done with.
     
  5. Cutwolf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    According to http://via.pulsene.ws/15vCQ , sim swapping is the official way. This is also confirmed by Apple's support article http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4582?viewlocale=en_US

    I'm not planning to let the plan lapse. I plan to upload all of my billing information to the website as soon as I purchase the sim. I just want to make sure I can do that, even if the sim might not be used for a month.
     
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  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    No idea, really. On the one hand, AT&T might just keep billing you until you cancel, and on the other hand, they might detect that the SIM is not being used and cancel your plan. Basically, you have a 50/50 chance your plan will work.
     
  10. mcdj macrumors 604

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    I have an unlimited plan. In the past 12 months, I've gone at least a month straight without using any 3G data at all. My account was always auto paid and remains so even though I sold my iPad 2 weeks ago (took the sim out).
     
  11. Cutwolf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    So your sim isn't currently in an iPad?
     
  12. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8F190 Safari/6533.18.5)

    If you're talking to me, no, it is currently in my wallet.
     
  13. JeffMorse macrumors regular

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    I'm quite sure AT&T will happily let you continue to pay them for using no data.
     

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