AT&T approves grandfathered data plans for use with iPhone 5

AT&T approves grandfathered data plans for use with iPhone 5
As it was already announced, the iPhone 5 will be available with three out of the four major wireless carriers in the U.S. – AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. And it goes without saying that purchasing Apple's new smartphone will require a subscription to a cellular data plan. That shouldn't be too big of a deal for AT&T users who prefer holding on to their grandfathered unlimited plan as the carrier will allow them to keep it. We're looking at you, folks, who still get unlimited data for $30 per month. Yeah, we know that you get throttled after reaching the 5GB mark, which is why the plan isn't truly unlimited, but still, it's a killer deal you cannot simply leave behind.

Unfortunately, Verizon subscribers aren't that lucky as they will have to make a choice prior to getting an iPhone 5: buy the smartphone at its subsidized price and sign up for a tiered data plan, or purchase it at full retail price (think $650 and above) in order to keep their grandfathered subscription. Basically, those who renew their Verizon contract and purchase a subsidized iPhone 5 will lose their existing unlimited data plan.

At the same time, switching to Sprint is also an option as the carrier offers truly unlimited data plans, which makes for a tempting deal now that the iPhone 5 offers LTE connectivity. But then again, the carrier has yet to expand its LTE network sufficiently to blanket a considerable percentage of the U.S. with its LTE airwaves. Sure, a large number of new markets will be added over the next few months, yet still, coverage might not be as good as one would want it to be.

source: CNET, AT&T via Gizmodo

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you know Sprint is going to have a new "come get your unlimited iPhone!" ad by the end of the week. xD that's great news for AT&T customers though!

2. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

it really is. i left att several years back and now im ready to leave verizon. really regretting my departure. i hope verizon sees how customer service should be done.

3. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Yeah I definitely agree! I sell at&t, Sprint and Verizon and we switch quite a few people from Verizon to Sprint due to the unlimited plan. I happen to also be an at&t grandfathered data guy :-D

9. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I really hope Verizon gets their head out of their asses. Those low 2GB limits at $30 are not all that practical.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The best phone on unlimited data.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That would be my Samsung Galaxy S3.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I actually meant the iPhone.

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You're the only one, then

5. Volcomguy51

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 23, 2011

Must be nice. I love Verizon, but they are Nazis.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

At&t were probably terrified of being on the receiving end of another Geller "d**k Move" dressing down. ;P

8. pozativenrgy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

You get throttled after 3GB with AT&T on the UNL Data plan.

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

maybe for you, but they only do this to you because you consistenly abuse their data plans, but for other people this do not happen...

13. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

It's 3gb for 3G but 5gb for LTE!

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I stay in Ny and I get great service, all you people who had bad service from AT&T was either in the past or you had a malfunction device, in either case stop blaming the towers and stop coming on different websites copying and pasting same post, it becomes boring to read, especially when it does not happen to me or the 5 people I know with AT&T and yes I know its a small number to go by but I am sure the reason AT&T is over 100 million customers because other people go kick rocks

14. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

it depends on where people live. I have used t-mobile, att and verizon. and guess what? verizon had the best reception, att was the second and t-mobile was the worst. All three lost data signals in my room but at least verizon had a good voice reception. the other 2 was very spotty. Good thing was that i started using t-mobile first and att and finally verizon.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Most people with unlimited data on AT&T rarely go over 1GB.

17. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

This is a no brainer. I know people on AT&T unlimited that would leave in a heartbeat if they dropped the plan. AT&T knows this, and is only trying to make themselves look good.

18. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

if only Verizon knew that......

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