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Fri, Feb 18, 2022 6:02 PM

Buying a Nighthawk M5 outright to replace my Nighthawk M1 WITHOUT changing or adding a plan.

My question is that if I purchase an M5 outright, put my sim card from my M1 into it, would it be able to access 5G on my current plan. I will not be changing my plan, or adding a new plan. The main reason I have the one that I do is because of the unlimited on the hotspot that is currently on it.  This is the only option where I live for internet and we use 600-1000 GB/mo

We are grandfathered in to the Unlimited Plus plan with a 4g lte modem on the plan. Our phones are now connecting 5g where we live. If I purchase an M5 outright from say...Amazon, will it also start connecting 5G. I do not intend to change my plan, and I do not intend to add ANY kind of plan to be able to use the new M5.  It simply wouldn't be worth it to me.  I still get 100-200 Mbps now, but it's sometimes a little buggy.  My phone can get 300+ Mbps and seems a bit more stable.

The M1 currently has a 5G nano sim card in it because I needed a new sim some time ago.

I could get an M5 and experiment with the intention of returning it if it didn't work, but I also have this thought lurking in the back of my mind.  A few years ago, a friend of mine had multiple phones with unlimited on his account.  He took the sim out of one and put it into a mobile hotspot.  Then he got some ridiculous bill from AT&T once the system detected that it was a hotspot and not a phone.  I'm concerned that they will somehow change my plan without my consent if it detects the different modem.

Timbeh0617

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9 months ago

Since it's most likely already listed on your account as a Hotspot and has a 5g Sim in it, I don't see any reason it would switch. Reason your friends did that is the Sim was listed as a phone and not as a Hotspot, and they are billed differently then phones are. 

Went through similar situation with my last company and having to switch out our Hotspot to newer devices and used the same Sims. Just updated the portal for the new device. 

Only thing you might have to check is if the device on Amazon is compatible with AT&T services. 

Hope that helps

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Re: A few years ago, a friend of mine had multiple phones with unlimited on his account.  He took the sim out of one and put it into a mobile hotspot.  Then he got some ridiculous bill from AT&T once the system detected that it was a hotspot and not a phone.

It is against the AT&T terms of service to use a SIM card in a device for which it is not intended. So yes, using a SIM card for a phone in a tablet or a dedicated hotspot would be against the terms of service and service would be suspended and possibly terminated.

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9 months ago

I should mention that the plan I am on isn't technically a 5G plan, but they are apparently allowing 5G for the phones according to the notifications bar.

Timbeh0617

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9 months ago

Shouldn't matter since the Sim card is currently a 5g version. 

ATTHelp

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9 months ago

Hello @raverreturns, We are here to provide some clarification on using a 5G nano SIM in a Netgear NightHawk M5 Mobile HotSpot. 

 

The Nighthawk M5 Mobile Hotspot Router is compatible with the 5G Nano SIM.

 

Keep in mind that for 5G Access, you'll need 5G Coverage, 5G hotspot device with the SIM Card that comes with it and a 5G plan

 

Like @Timbeh0617 mentioned, Switching a SIM from one type of device to another one that is completely different may cause a discrepancy in billing and is not permitted by AT&T. 

 

Since you are swapping your SIM to an upgraded device we do not foresee any changes to your bill. 

 

Let us know if this is helpful! Thank you for reaching out to the AT&T Community Forums!

 

Shardae, AT&T Community Forums Specialist 

 

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