Carrier Why no UNLIMITED DATA option for iPad?

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  1. BlueMoonForever macrumors 6502

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    Why do carriers discriminate against the iPad and not offer unlimited data, preferably T-Mobile and Sprint? Couldn't one just pop their T-Mobile sim card into the iPad to get unlimited data?

    Andd with the 200mb free data, how does that work? What's an active T-Mobile internet account?
     
  2. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    T-Mobile will block data from working in the iPad if you drop in a sim card from a phone.

    Carriers like AT&T and Verizon used to offer unlimited data plans for the iPad but that was when the iPad first came out. Many people still have those plans active today.

    You could probably buy one of those plans on eBay but you will likely pay several hundred dollars for one.

    I can take my T-Mobile unlimited phone sim card and put it in my Nexus 4 and tether all day long to my iPad. You could do something like that. You just need a phone like the Nexus 4 that allows tethering and it will not count towards the tethering allotment.
     
  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    most carriers have got away from unlimited data because of jailbreaking and teethering, people were paying for data on one devicve and using it to connect every device they own
     
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    T-Mobile will give you unlimited data on an ipad if you have a postpaid plan. So switch to postpaid from prepaid if that's important to you. Just as with the phones it's 2G data once you've used your allotment of high speed data.

    As for high speed data -- I believe every carrier will give you as much data as you wish to buy.
     
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    People would abuse the data. iPad uses data like a PC whereas phones typically consume less data than tablets.

    Not sure about Sprint, T-Mobile technically does offer unlimited iPad data. You just get slowed to 2G speeds after consuming your allotted data like the person said above. If you need extra, they're happy to sell you more high speed data.
     
  6. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    T-Mobiles data plans are not unlimited. Only the data plans for phones are unlimited.
     
  7. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    Why not do an AOL and get an unlimited Verizon line ?
     
  8. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 3gb/mo T-Mobile data plan on my iPad rMini. If I exceed the 3gb/mo allotment, I have 2G-speed unlimited data for the remainder of my billing period.
     
  9. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I have the $30 2.5GB plan. When I use it all, the data stops. I have also tried the $40 3.5GB plan. The data stops on that one as well when I use it all.

    They don't have unlimited data on the data only plans, it's just the phone plans. They prompt you to buy another month when you run out.
     
  10. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    My apologies, I meant to say 2.5gb.

    From T-Mobile's tablet/hotspot mobile data site:

    link: http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/mobile-internet.html
     
  11. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I wish it worked that way but it hasn't in the seven months I've been using them on my iPad. That must be for auto renew. I have never done the auto renew.
     
  12. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    You may want to give them a ring? It's been working that way for me -- once I hit my allotment (after getting the 80%, 90% used warnings) the speed gets throttled to virtually useless. That being said, it's sufficient for bare-bones background updating, etc.
     
  13. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    That must be for the auto renew that you go to 2G once the data runs out. I have never done the auto renew.
     
  14. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    There's the difference we were looking for :)
     
  15. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    As I stated earlier, it's for the postpaid plans. (and thus by implication, it's not for the prepaid data)
     
  16. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    I've got the 200 MB from T mobile and it was pretty easy to set up. I got a free SIM card from their site during a special offer. I technically have an account with them, but I'm not paying anything.
    It sucks that the free 200 is only good for a year. After that, I'll probably just buy data as needed.
     
  17. yoshimeow macrumors member

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    its free 200mb for life of the tablet
     
  18. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    That's what I thought too. I'm hoping I misread when I signed up for the 200 MB.
     
  19. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Why are you asking about unlimited data and then 200MB data? Very different needs.
     
  20. Jasonkrick macrumors member

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    I tether my phone to my iPad and other devices for an additional $30/month on my unlimited data plan.

    I called and realized I use about 25gig of data a month…the overwhelming majority of it from tethering.

    I have asked verizon if they have unlimited data for tablets and got a pretty fast 'No'.
     
  21. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    They do not offer it as people would abuse it and hog the bandwidth. Plus the carriers would like to make money!
     
  22. maflynn Moderator

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    ATT and VZW do not offer unlimited data, they have grandfathered plans but no new plans are unlimited. While sprint has jumped on the unlimited data bus, I didn't think T-Mo did though I could be wrong.

    If you want to use sprint with unlimited data, tether your phone and use it that way, granted not an ideal situation but its doable
     
  23. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    What T-Mobile offers is unlimited 2G (EDGE) data once you've used your allocation of high-speed (LTE/4G) data for the month. Note this is only for postpaid accounts and doesn't apply to prepaid.

    Neat concept really; you're not completely cut off and can still get email and so forth.
     
  24. charlituna macrumors G3

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    Money.

    They feel that iPad users would use more data and thus cost them more so it's not worth it to them. Whereas the phone generally doesn't use that much data, they believe, so it's worth the PR bonus to have those plans to look good
     

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