Well since the data works when the SIM is in another phone, we know it is a problem with the device itself. Here is few things we need to check.
Do you have the right plan? If you device is an Apple device, you have to have an Apple data plan. For Android phone you need to be on an Android plan.
Did you buy the device form AT&T? If you bought the device form another carrier even if it’s unlocked, we do guarantee all features such as data will work. One thing which is important is you have the right APN settings in your device. iOS devices update theses settings automatically. For Android devices you will find instructions for programing the APN’s here.
Last thing to try is master reset the device. It is important to back up your device before doing this. For instructions visit our Device How to Page and select the Make and Model of your device.
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FYI: I did go to local ATT store and three ATT tech calls, no luck.
Reboot, vary the "data switch (16 seconds)" on/off line and all the ATT tech programming for setting up a new APN. All no good for my situation.
Only fix was a 5 minute wait period before turning back on. Unit no longer had a small "x" in the antenna bars in ther upper right and my "mobile data" was back to working without wifi having to be on (and or in wifi range).
Note: I found the info..., from a good ATT tech response on google search.
THE FIX: "5 minute wait period before turning back on"