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AT&T's Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan Customers Get 5GB on LTE Before Being Throttled

NewImageAT&T has verified to MacRumors that customers currently holding unlimited data plans will be able to keep those plans when upgrading to the iPhone 5, and will now get 5GB of data before being throttled. On 3G smartphones, users would get throttled after 3GB of transferred per month.

Additionally, unlike Verizon, which is no longer offering unlimited data customers discounted pricing on new handsets -- even with a new, two-year contract -- AT&T will honor its subsidized pricing policies even for its customers with unlimited data plans.

However, AT&T customers who aren't using the company's new Mobile Share plans will not be able to use FaceTime over Cellular.

AT&T customers who are eligible for an upgrade can order an iPhone 5 16GB for $199 beginning on Friday through the Apple Online Store or att.com/iphone. Users can see if they're eligible for an upgrade by checking AT&T's upgrade eligibility checker.

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Posted: 21 months ago
People hate AT&T over this, but I don't see screams over Verizon forcing people to give up unlimited.
Rating: 26 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago
AT&T, you made the right move!
Rating: 20 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago
must be a sign of how bad its gotten, but being allowed to use 5 GB of my "unlimited" plan on a new phone gets me hyped.
Rating: 13 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago

People hate AT&T over this, but I don't see screams over Verizon forcing people to give up unlimited.


the Verizon spin machine has done a great job throwing ATT under the bus the last couple years and the "i hate large American companies" people have bought it hook, line and sinker.
Rating: 12 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago
I hate ATT :mad:
Rating: 12 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago

the Verizon spin machine has done a great job throwing ATT under the bus the last couple years and the "i hate large American companies" people have bought it hook, line and sinker.


Sad, considering Verizon's move is much, MUCH more greed driven than AT&T's.
Rating: 9 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago
WoW, I'm REALLY surprised w/ AT&T's decision positively.
Rating: 9 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago
YES!!!! Don't really care about facetime, I use it so rarely, and once I jailbreak I can use it or cellular data anyway.
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago
Greed.

If you throttle my data after 5 GB, I'd expect to be able to use my data however way I want. If I want to FaceTime for days over my LTE connection and use it up after a day, so be it. I barely even use FaceTime; and when I do, there are very few to zero times that I'm not actually near wifi, mine or public.

I am happy, however, that they're still letting grandfathered customers keep the unlimited. Even if it doesn't truly mean "unlimited" (which is a marketing term at best).

All about pennies, nickels and dimes.
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 21 months ago
It's incredible that plans in the USA are around $100/month.

Here in france, we have unlimited plans (talk/txt/data) for €20/month. That's UNLIMITED on 3G and now LTE all over the country, great coverage, etc... From ALL carriers!!!

Something's wrong in the US!
Rating: 7 Positives

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