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Kento Ito Level 1 (60 points)
I am planning to get the iPad with 3G, however, from the instruction posted, only way to pay for the plan is directly through credit card. I am planning to sign up for the 3G data, and keeping the 3G data for the lifetime of the product.

How do I sign up for the 3G iPad data plan by using my existing at&t account, and continue to recieve bill from at&t instead of paying directly via credit card? (This way, I can pay for all my at&t bills at once, my iPhone bill, my at&t U-Verse, and my iPad data plan, all at once)

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  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 (18,825 points)
    It doesn't work the way you envision. At the moment, you can only pay in advance by credit card. Here's AT&T's Data Fact Sheet.
  • Kento Ito Level 1 (60 points)
    If I take my iPad to the at&t store, and with my at&t account information, will they be able to merge my iPad at&t account and my iPhone/U-Verse at&t account into one. Otherwise, it would be confusing for me, and the whole family, since we rather keep it simple, and pay for all things at&t related in one bill.
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)
    You'll need to call AT&T or visit an AT&T store and ask if they can do that. My understanding is that the data plan for the iPad is a completely separate plan, but perhaps there's a way they can bill you for both accounts on a single bill. Only AT&T can answer that for you.

    Regards.
  • Craig Brady Level 4 (1,790 points)
    It is highly unlikely. At&T has set this up as a rolling 30 calendar day system that is paid in advance by Credit Card, and can be turned on and off, or changed, at will. It is also a program that is 100% automated, and requires much less customer service support and interaction. If you set it up on your credit card, and do not wish to change it, the billing setup is perpetual, and should require nothing on your part.
  • jshaver Level 1 (0 points)
    About that, I'm going to have to slog over to my AT&T store because they're saving money by automating all of this. I can't sign up for the iPad 3G plan because my billing address on all my credit cards is a PO Box. The signup procedure won't accept this. My credit card companies don't have a problem with it, but AT&T does. Yeah, I'd bail on AT&T in a heartbeat if another cellular company supported the iPhone in the U.S. without having to use a jailbreak.
  • Patrick123 Level 1 (65 points)
    Is that true? No PO Boxes? That's going to be a problem. Are there gift cards or something?
  • jshaver Level 1 (0 points)
    When I tried to sign up for the unlimited data plan directly on the iPad 3G, I got an error saying that PO Boxes are not acceptable billing addresses and that I should use a credit card having a street address. For security purposes, my wife and I have ALL our billing addresses set to a PO Box. This is RIDICULOUS. If the credit card company doesn't mind, why should AT&T?
  • Patrick123 Level 1 (65 points)
    I had this issue once before. I'm pretty sure I can modify my credit card billing address on-line, make the purchase, and then change it back right after the purchase is accepted.

    That should work here for me...give it a shot.
  • jshaver Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, but I tried that. Apparently, their automated system is checking the validity of billing addresses. When I used my street address, I got an error saying that the billing address was incorrect. I'm stuck here. Thinking about returning the iPad.
  • jshaver Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh, wait, you mean WITH the credit card company! Great idea! I'll give that a try. Thanks VERY MUCH!
  • jshaver Level 1 (0 points)
    That did it. Thanks again!
  • Patrick123 Level 1 (65 points)
    Great! Now I know it will work for me!
    -Patrick
  • gmpotter Level 1 (0 points)
    I've got the same problem. I changed my billing address to my physical address and it still won't activate. The credit card company says the authorization requests are coming in and being approved. Still no data plan. AT&T *****.
  • Sirius Mac Level 2 (170 points)
    It makes no sense that your credit card company would only allow you to make purchases when using your PO box. Your PO box is just your billing address and many companies won't deliver or use a PO Box except for billing only. However, they usually insist on your physical address for sending out packages etc. My credit card company allows me to make purchases using either my PO Box or my Physical Address, yours should too, unless YOU have it restricted. You can call them and usually they can go right into the system and add your physical address so you can make the purchase.
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