Upgrading to new iPhone without giving up unlimited data on family plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kat.hayes, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

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    I know someone on a family plan with unlimited data and supposedly they can upgrade to new iPhones every two years for the subsidized price WITHOUT losing their unlimited data. Anyone know if this is true?
     
  2. bradl macrumors 68040

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    This is true. I've done this since the iPhone 3G. Added my wife's phone on 6 months later when the 3GS came out. We kept unlimited data on our family plan. Did the same thing when the 4S came out. Planning on doing it with the 5s as well.

    BL.
     
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    I wen't through Best Buy for two lines on my family account and kept unlimited data on both (AT&T).

    I would assume Apple / AT&T are even more foolproof when it comes to keeping your data plan the same.
     
  4. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I should have also mentioned I was referring to an ATT Family plan...
     
  5. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

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    In order for this to work, the account renewing their contract doesn't matter, the line to FIRST activate the phone will be affected. Use an alternate upgrade to put the phone first on a line you don't care about what happens to its data, then move phone from there. I have done this twice since Friday, once was just an hour ago. Verizon employee WILL try and tell you differently (that the line renewing contract will lose it regardless), then I told them to do it exactly as I asked and shoved it in their face when I still had unlimited data.
     
  6. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    I just upgraded 3 lines and kept unlimited data on the 2 that had it.

    I will be upgrading another one today that has unlimited data. The upgrade will not get rid of your unlimited data.

    Why would you think it would? Upgrades are related to hardware, not plans. If you do not want to change your plan, they will not make you.

    I assume that AT&T will get rid of unlimited data one day, but they haven't figured out a clever way to do it without angering the masses.
     
  7. Hls811 macrumors 6502a

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    When I went to Verizon to pick my my iPhone 5s on Friday they moved me from my Unlimited Data to the Max plan (6GB for $30/mo) - I was OK with that but decided to call Verizon Customer Service anyway - the rep switched me back to the Unlimited plan I was on without any hassles at all.

    6GB for $30 isn't a bad deal but if I can keep unlimited I'm going to!
     
  8. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have been under the impression that as soon as you accept a subsidized phone (not pay full price) with any of the carriers except Sprint you lose your unlimited data plan....
     
  9. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Nope. Only Verizon forces you to lose unlimited data if you upgrade via 2-year contract.
     
  10. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    Not true. I promise. I just did it on Friday, as I said before. With AT&T.

    I'm about to go out and do it again. :)
     
  11. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Doesn't apply to AT&T.

    Incorrect.

    I upgraded my AT&T unlimited on Friday from my 4S to a 5s and retained unlimited.
     

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  12. BigBangVIP macrumors newbie

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    yes you can upgrade to a new iPhone without lost your unlimited data!:D
     

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