Unlimited plan/lost with iPhone 5 upgrade?

casssax

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Hey there,

I was just wondering if when (in November or September) iPhone 4 users who currently have the unlimited plan upgrade to iPhone 5 will we be forced to give that plan up or will it still be grandfathered in?
 
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It did not matter last year, should not matter this year.

I didn't even check last year, ordered the phone from Att online, and was one of the lucky ones who got it a day early. No need to ever visit a store.

That I think may change this time, they may force us to wait in line. Like the ipad 2


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I don't think AT&T has released this information yet, but I doubt we'll be grandfathered in forever. Every time you upgrade, you renew your contract and that can include agreeing to new terms. I think it's foolish to believe we'll always have unlimited data.
 

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I am thinking the way everything is heading we need more and more data. And minutes goes away adventually. They may change the sim cards and tell you you need NEW Contract (which takes the unlimited away) I would highly debate what to do then. Hopefully they offer more carriers or even a prepaid option with the next release? I guess I just wait ! I will order mine online at Apple like I always do. I may even buy one without the plan ? I actually think I may not even need that much memory anymore with the cloud options. So I may not get the 32GB ? I guess I just wait and see when they announce it ..I am ready for it !
 
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I don't think AT&T has released this information yet, but I doubt we'll be grandfathered in forever. Every time you upgrade, you renew your contract and that can include agreeing to new terms. I think it's foolish to believe we'll always have unlimited data.
Well that's one way to think about it... But here is my thought..a little more positive then yours. I for one never have to renew a contract again, the iPhone sells on Apples site unlocked, that's how I would upgrade just buy the phone outright! Unfortunately not everyone can do that. It does serve the carrier notice.

My other thought is that I kept the same plan for over 10 years 93 to 2005 never had it change, I updated it till 08 then updated again for the iPhone 3G . This was on cellular one, Cingular then Att . So I have probably been using cell phones as long as any one here. I have never had a carrier change a plan on or off contract unless I asked them to. I guess I am foolish then because I don't see them losing me (a Premium Customer)

I have a few friends who still pay around $35 for there plans ...never have been updated..

So those are my thoughts. Carriers almost never force a change.

I talk
 
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Having trouble editing my post on my phone, so I'll just post another additional question...anybody can pipe in!

I want to add I have never heard of anyone being forced off a plan!
Europa have you or anyone else ever had a plan changed by a carrier? I am curious to here from someone who has had their plan forcibly changed, don't think it ever happens.

No other businesss treats customers the way the carriers do. It almost strikes me as illegal.

$15 for 200mb $25 for 2GB...if you want to use data you have already payed for you pay again to share.

It's like buying cable and if you watch it on more then one tv you need to pay again!
Or buy a pizza..want to share ? Sorry we need to charge you to slice it.

Mark my words we should start a grass roots uprising! Fair data pricing!
$10Gb 2 for $20 3 for$30 and so on.. It's cheaper to text the space station then it is send one text message over Att. Truth!
I only pray the merger doesn't happen (Att /t mobile) worse thing that could happen.
 

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Well I had my plans for years and been with AT&T before Cingular Before Bellsouth for 13 years (or longer ? yeah maybe more like 15 ?)
Plan changes I took
I added a data plan (before phones were talk only)
I moved and needed a new number
I added hubby to plan when we got married
added kid to plan when he was 4 years
got an iPhone
Like I said I have to wait and see . This may be the year I buy the phone outright. Reason being we may move overseas.
 

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If the data plans were rollover I wouldn't care so much if I got booted off unlimited.
As is, I pay for 2gb on my wife's phone even though her usage is under 200 mb, just so I don't have to sweat it.
 

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I think the apps that stream movies, such as Netflix, killed unlimited data. Certain people were streaming 25+ GB per month (I've seen screenshots of their data usage on this forum) and the network can't handle too many of them.
 

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Verizon has said that with their tiered usage plans coming, they would allow anyone with unlimited to keep it even through a device upgrade. I'll find the Verizon link and post it.


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Verizon has said that with their tiered usage plans coming, they would allow anyone with unlimited to keep it even through a device upgrade. I'll find the Verizon link and post it.
A friend of mine told me a Verizon rep gave him the same information. I don't doubt this is true, I just doubt it will last forever. You gotta admit, it's not really fair to the people with new contracts.
 

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I never use close to the top plan of 25, but getting rid of my unlimited is preposterous. lol. I have it now, I'm not getting rid of it unless AT&T gets rid of it by changing my contract terms.
 

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I think the apps that stream movies, such as Netflix, killed unlimited data. Certain people were streaming 25+ GB per month (I've seen screenshots of their data usage on this forum) and the network can't handle too many of them.
I started watching a 1/2 hour show on my iPhone at lunch almost everyday (5 days a week). My data usage jumped up to 2-2.5GB per month. I downloaded one of those data usage apps 'DataMan free' and as of today (the 27th) it says I have used 1.1GB of 'Cellular' data. I can't see how I'm using over 2GB a month if on the 27th day of the month I'm only using 1.1GB. It seems like the usage that ATT reports doesn't match what my phone tells me.
 

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It all comes down to $$$$$ , the whole concept of network strain is/was a farce. CDMA could handle 10xs the amount of current data usage.Also, If every Att user actually used 2gigs a month, it would make that 5%using 25+a month look like a joke. The days of unlimited data is ending, it's bowing down to the all mighty dollar.
 

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Depends.. If sprint is offering unlimited data still while announcing on getting an iPhone it will pressure ATT to keep us grandfathered..
 

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you will be able to keep it, there are unlimited plans for hspa+ i have one, grandfathered till you change it yourself!