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Grandfathered Unlimited Data plan on new iPad 4G?

10146 Views 26 Replies Latest reply: Mar 16, 2012 3:36 PM by Sayuri Nitta RSS
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)

    There's no limit on my home FIOS.


    The entire industry is pushing hard to eliminate ALL unlimited bandwidth situations.

  • spyderson7 Calculating status...
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    Mar 8, 2012 7:13 PM (in response to Agent_86)

    Just got off the phone with CS rep at AT&T and she confirmed unlimited data for ipad can be transferred to new ipad, I will believe it when I see it but thats what she told me.  Seemed very knowledgable about the subject on the phone, so take that for what its worth.

  • Sayuri Nitta Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Well, yeah, just transfer the unlimited plan over to the new iPad per the instructions I've left in this thread--or do a search through the rest of Apple's support forums to see for yourself what other people have done. If you can find anyone who had an unlimited plan but somehow lost it by transferring over from one iPad to another, let us know.


    As for the throttling mentioned earlier by other folks--well, what I know is that for now, there is no throttling. Thing is, aside from my 3G iPad (1), I also have a T-Mobile phone that can be its own wifi hotspot, too. It throttles me at 5 GB. At work, we have almost no luck getting regular radios to work in our office, so I've used TuneIn Radio. When I use my phone's wifi, I can hit that 5 GB limit in about 2-3 days of using TuneIn about 8 hours per day (with the stations set to play the highest quality stream). But I've gotten no notices whatsoever with AT&T telling me I've hit some limit when I use the 3G with TuneIn.

  • NyVetteGuy Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 8:52 PM (in response to spyderson7)

    I can confirm I got the same positive answer from the AT&T rep I spoke to so lets hope for the best...

  • Sayuri Nitta Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to NyVetteGuy)

    Hi, folks!


    Checking in. I have just transferred over my unlimited plan to my new iPad, which arrived at the office just in time for lunch. Here's what happened--and I feel that it's very important to share this because I haven't seen anyone actually speak up after receiving their new iPad and say if it was truly possible or what the process was.


    1) I turned my old iPad off completely, just in case. (I'd done some looking around online and read that it's a good idea to completely turn off the old iPad. I don't know if it's true, but it wouldn't do any harm to do it, I figured.)


    2) On my office computer, I logged into


    3) I called 800-331-0500 and went through a voice response menu of some kind. (I don't remember everything I chose, but I definitely chose "0" so I could speak to a live person.) I explained that I wanted to transfer my service on my old iPad to my new iPad.


    4) After some checking, the first rep I spoke to said that she needed to transfer me over to the...session-to-session iPad, or something like that, so I got transferred.


    5) After I was transferred to that other department, I was given a menu with two options: questions about billing and technical questions. I chose the latter.


    6) The next rep I spoke to had verified some info with me, then told me to go to I told her I'd just done it, and I let her walk me through the process of changing the IMEI and ICCID info associated with my account.


    7) Next, she said we'd wait until the system was done updating my info. She told me to let her know when it was done updating, but I didn't get any notice--through AT&T or my new iPad. But I was able to verify that my account is now unlimited LTE. My subscription specifically says it's LTE now.


    8) The rep said that's fine--and the next thing we should do is turn the iPad off and on. And voila...I have unlimited LTE service now.


    I strongly feel that it'd be a wise idea to call AT&T and let them walk you through the process of going to, just so they know what you're up to. (I've only got anecdotal evidence for this, based on what I've seen online when I googled in "iPad 4G unlimited plan," but it looks like other people tried to change their iPad info online without calling AT&T first and got themselves into trouble of some kind.)


    One other thing: The rep also told me that if I'd be giving the old iPad to someone else, then they'd have to get a new SIM card because the old one is now "burned." I'm guessing that means it'll be completely unusuable and the new owner of the iPad will have to pony up the cash for a new SIM card.

  • spyderson7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just did it too, UNLIMITED 4G LTE BABY!!!

  • NyVetteGuy Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 1:52 PM (in response to spyderson7)

    Ditto.....just did mine...4G Unlimited!


    WOW!!!! This is FANTASTIC!!!




  • Shaun Kennedy1 Calculating status...
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    Mar 16, 2012 1:53 PM (in response to spyderson7)

    I walked into the local ATT store at 11 am with the original iPad and asked if they had any white 16 GB LTE's left.  They had 2, I got one.  The rep asked if had unlimited I said yes, he pulled the sims, logged into my account and 5 minutes later I was walking out w/unlimited on the new iPad...albeit a bit lighter in the bank account! 

    EASY as could be!

    FWIW, My rep said that best buy had a line around the store which was leterally a 2 minnute walk, in the same mall...ATT no line!!!!

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,545 points)

    Another store that folks may not think about that should also have the the new iPad is Radio Shack.

    '09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
  • David Bisi Calculating status...

    I just transferred mine over from the settings panel on the new iPad itself.  Logged in as an existing iPad owner, chose the unlimited plan option, and that was it.  Easy as pie.

  • ckcs Calculating status...

    I got my new I pad today, went to Settings, to Cellular Data, to View Account on the new I pad .  Then it gave me the option of an existing I pad owner, and I was able to switch my unlimited plan to the new I pad.

  • Sayuri Nitta Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 3:36 PM (in response to ckcs)

    Heh. I guess the joke's on me for not even bothering to look. What gets me is, why did neither of the AT&T reps just tell me this from the beginning? I was following directions I'd spotted online and was scared that I'd mess things up if I didn't call AT&T first. Jeez. :(

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