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    I have an iPhone 3G with a grandfathered unlimited data plan.  I was thinking about getting a new phone and keeping the same plan as is.  I checked my wireless account and it shows "Data Unlimited for iPhone."  I know a phone ugrade through AT&T would require a new data plan along with a 2-year contract, so I'm avoiding that since my contract is over.  My question is, if I were to purchase an unlocked gsm smartphone elsewhere, can I just remove the sim card from my iPhone and pop it into the new phone?  Would this work?  Would this allow me to keep my same plan and everything else?  I just wanted to verify before purchasing a new phone.  Thanks in advance.

     

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    As long as the frequencies work and it works with att (of course, duh lol) it will work. Smiley Very Happy You can still keep your data plan as stated above as long as you have a smartphone. Att will just change you from "Unlimited iPhone" data plan to "Smartphone/Blackberry" unlimited data plan depending on which phone you get.

     

    If you upgrade online or at an authorized retailer, it may not give the option to keep your unlimited data plan (though i've seen the option online via att.com, but not sure how much they've updated it since i haven't guided anybody throught upgrading/purchasing a new device). Att reps can change the data plan from smartphone to smartphone.

     

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    As long as you stay with any smartphone, you can keep your unlimited data.  You will need to make sure it is the right data plan for the phone but you are grandfathered to keep your unlimited data.

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    As long as the frequencies work and it works with att (of course, duh lol) it will work. Smiley Very Happy You can still keep your data plan as stated above as long as you have a smartphone. Att will just change you from "Unlimited iPhone" data plan to "Smartphone/Blackberry" unlimited data plan depending on which phone you get.

     

    If you upgrade online or at an authorized retailer, it may not give the option to keep your unlimited data plan (though i've seen the option online via att.com, but not sure how much they've updated it since i haven't guided anybody throught upgrading/purchasing a new device). Att reps can change the data plan from smartphone to smartphone.

     

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    Thanks for everyone's input.  I feel more confident now in upgrading my phone and keeping my plan.  I appreciate it!Smiley Happy

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    I have a similiar question.  I have the unlimited blackberry plan.  I am waiting for the new 4g samsung galaxy.  Is this transition of granfathered plans ok if I go from a 3g unlimited plan to a 4g smartphone?  I do live in a 4g area.  Thanks!

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    Chewy wrote:

    I have a similiar question.  I have the unlimited blackberry plan.  I am waiting for the new 4g samsung galaxy.  Is this transition of granfathered plans ok if I go from a 3g unlimited plan to a 4g smartphone?  I do live in a 4g area.  Thanks!


    No difference....You are going from a smartphone to a smartphone!!!!!!

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    Hi all,

    What about an LG phone? And I tether. :/ However, this is the only internet we can get down here other than dialup! So I am so thankful for this plan! But I am eligible for an upgrade.

    Thanks.

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    Here's an update on my recent cell phone upgrade.  I upgraded my phone through Best Buy.  I went with the LG Thrill and renewed my contract with AT&T.  I was able to get the phone for $49 after price match.  The regular price is $99.  For those who want to get it even cheaper, check out Walmart.com and you can get the phone for $19.99 with contract right now!


    Now back to my upgrade with Best Buy....I was able to keep my unlimited data plan along with my original calling plan.  My new LG Thrill truly outclasses my old iPhone 3G on every level except the battery life.  I highly recommend this phone to anyone looking for a nice upgrade.  Furthermore, the folks at Best Buy didn't hassle me with any extras or expensive packages, so it was a pleasant experience.  The LG Thrill is expecting to get the Gingerbread update this month, so go out and get this phone while the price is right!Smiley Happy

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    StarofG0D wrote:
    Hi all,

    What about an LG phone? And I tether. :/ However, this is the only internet we can get down here other than dialup! So I am so thankful for this plan! But I am eligible for an upgrade.

    Thanks.


    If you are tehtering on the unlimited data plan expect to get a email or a text from ATT, tethering is not permitted on the unlimited data plan, if you end up in the top 5 percent of grandfather unlimited data plan users the bandwidth will be throttled heavily until you next billing cycle

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    Edited by RicoLX on Oct 5, 2011 at 3:38:15 AM

    heymax777 wrote:

    Here's an update on my recent cell phone upgrade.  I upgraded my phone through Best Buy.  I went with the LG Thrill and renewed my contract with AT&T.  I was able to get the phone for $49 after price match.  The regular price is $99.  For those who want to get it even cheaper, check out Walmart.com and you can get the phone for $19.99 with contract right now!


    Now back to my upgrade with Best Buy....I was able to keep my unlimited data plan along with my original calling plan.  My new LG Thrill truly outclasses my old iPhone 3G on every level except the battery life.  I highly recommend this phone to anyone looking for a nice upgrade.  Furthermore, the folks at Best Buy didn't hassle me with any extras or expensive packages, so it was a pleasant experience.  The LG Thrill is expecting to get the Gingerbread update this month, so go out and get this phone while the price is right!Smiley Happy


     

    Heymax you are right!  As long as your upgrade is another smartphone, you will keep your grandfathered unlimited plan! Aint that great?!  Ive made an upgrade from a Tilt2 to the Dell Streak which was ordered direct from Dell.com and not ATT, and still, the entire transition was seamless and nothing was lost or discontinued!  Cool huh!?

     

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    My situation is slightly different. I used to have an old non-smartphone and had $10 unlimited data i think back in 2008. Then my brother gave me his BB and I never was forced to get the BB Connect plan. Last year I bought a Captivate off of a friend. So I am using that now with $10 non-smartphone unlimited data without a problem. Note, I have been without a contract for past 2 years now. So if I renew will I run into any problems? The advantage of being off contract is that if they ever forced me to change my data, I could easily sale ship considering I'm not contracted.

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    Edited by RicoLX on Oct 6, 2011 at 1:26:47 PM

    projectpaki wrote:
    My situation is slightly different. I used to have an old non-smartphone and had $10 unlimited data i think back in 2008. Then my brother gave me his BB and I never was forced to get the BB Connect plan. Last year I bought a Captivate off of a friend. So I am using that now with $10 non-smartphone unlimited data without a problem. Note, I have been without a contract for past 2 years now. So if I renew will I run into any problems? The advantage of being off contract is that if they ever forced me to change my data, I could easily sale ship considering I'm not contracted.

     

    You would think they would pick up on your device and how its accessing data. You say youve had the same sim card and using different devices since 2008? Is this unlimited nonsmart or smartphone unlimited are you saying you have?

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    projectpaki wrote:
    My situation is slightly different. I used to have an old non-smartphone and had $10 unlimited data i think back in 2008. Then my brother gave me his BB and I never was forced to get the BB Connect plan. Last year I bought a Captivate off of a friend. So I am using that now with $10 non-smartphone unlimited data without a problem. Note, I have been without a contract for past 2 years now. So if I renew will I run into any problems? The advantage of being off contract is that if they ever forced me to change my data, I could easily sale ship considering I'm not contracted.

    Yes you will, that is not a smartphone plan so it is not grandfathered, it is a medai-net plan wheich never was valid for smarthphones but whrere added in error sometimes, so do not expect to be able to retain it

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    If hes got his eyes set on the new iphone 4, yep, either hes paying full non contract or hes going to have to sign up for two years and the plan that goes with it.
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    I am also wanting to upgrade from a BB Bold 9000, unlimited plan, to a Galaxy S II, talked to a rep on 611 and she said yes you keep your unlimited data, after she talked to supervisor.  She said just order online and it will be taken care of.  I went through the motions online, only had 3 plans to pick from.  Called 611 they said no your unlimited data plan is not grandfathered.  Another 611 rep said yes your plan is grandfathered and told me to call an 866 number and they would walk me through it.  No problem.  I chat with the lady at the 866 number and she said nope not eligable only if I get another BB...  Are you kidding me?!?!

    I dont want another BB!

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    ICUairguy wrote:

    I am also wanting to upgrade from a BB Bold 9000, unlimited plan, to a Galaxy S II, talked to a rep on 611 and she said yes you keep your unlimited data, after she talked to supervisor.  She said just order online and it will be taken care of.  I went through the motions online, only had 3 plans to pick from.  Called 611 they said no your unlimited data plan is not grandfathered.  Another 611 rep said yes your plan is grandfathered and told me to call an 866 number and they would walk me through it.  No problem.  I chat with the lady at the 866 number and she said nope not eligable only if I get another BB...  Are you kidding me?!?!

    I dont want another BB!


    You're getting conflicting responses back and fourth from CSR to mgrs.  Call again speak with a mgr who will actually process the upgrade with you on the phone (if you already have the phone picked out,etc. )   Either you cant transfer the unlimited to "another smartphone" when ATT says you can or someone is providing misinformation to you.

     

    Just call back, speak with a mgr who knows that it can be done, have them process it right then and there if you are ready, so that its finally settled.  If the system at that time flags that it cant be done, then just see what they say they could or cant do.   But i think as long as its another smart device, you can keep your unlimited.

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    I currently have the Iphone 3GS and it is definitely time to upgrade I have the unlimited data plan for Iphone...I just tried to pre order the IPHONE 4S and it is requiring me and my brother to change our unlimited data plan to one of the other ones....What's up with that????!!!??? i thought I was "grandfather"ed in"????

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    i was told that you are grandafthered in. if anyone has clarification on this please respond. I have a family plan with 2 iphone 3gs and we just preordered 2 iphone 4s and i was told that we would be grandfathered in but there just seems to be so much confusion around the topic. I am gonna be pretty mad if i have to change my data plan.

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    I'm just double checking on this...I had an Unlimited Media Net plan on my dumbphone $10/mo,  and 2 days ago, purchased my first Smartphone at Best Buy. They removed my dumbphone Unlimited Media Net Plan and added the 2 GB $25/mo data plan, as I wanted. 

     

    MY question is, COULD I possibly have KEPT my Unlimted Media Net plan (grandfathered) or is this an entirely different situation? I've had someone tell me that I could have kept it but somehow, I wouldn't think so. I don't believe Unlimited Meda Net plans for Dumbphones would be grandfathered to a new Smartphone, even though I would be paying $30/mo instead of the $10. I hope this made sense to you. I just need to confirm. I need to know if I need to make any phonecalls to CC.

     

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    Dcookie wrote:

    I'm just double checking on this...I had an Unlimited Media Net plan on my dumbphone $10/mo,  and 2 days ago, purchased my first Smartphone at Best Buy. They removed my dumbphone Unlimited Media Net Plan and added the 2 GB $25/mo data plan, as I wanted. 

     

    MY question is, COULD I possibly have KEPT my Unlimted Media Net plan (grandfathered) or is this an entirely different situation? I've had someone tell me that I could have kept it but somehow, I wouldn't think so. I don't believe Unlimited Meda Net plans for Dumbphones would be grandfathered to a new Smartphone, even though I would be paying $30/mo instead of the $10. I hope this made sense to you. I just need to confirm. I need to know if I need to make any phonecalls to CC.

     

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    No - unlimited Media net is not a smartphone plan. These are two different beasts.

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    wingrider01 wrote:

    Dcookie wrote:

    I'm just double checking on this...I had an Unlimited Media Net plan on my dumbphone $10/mo,  and 2 days ago, purchased my first Smartphone at Best Buy. They removed my dumbphone Unlimited Media Net Plan and added the 2 GB $25/mo data plan, as I wanted. 

     

    MY question is, COULD I possibly have KEPT my Unlimted Media Net plan (grandfathered) or is this an entirely different situation? I've had someone tell me that I could have kept it but somehow, I wouldn't think so. I don't believe Unlimited Meda Net plans for Dumbphones would be grandfathered to a new Smartphone, even though I would be paying $30/mo instead of the $10. I hope this made sense to you. I just need to confirm. I need to know if I need to make any phonecalls to CC.

     

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    No - unlimited Media net is not a smartphone plan. These are two different beasts.


    Yea, I figured that. Just needed to make sure. But, another thing is, if they're two different beasts, how can some people get away using  the dumbphone data plan on a smartphone, until they get caught that is? It seems like it data is data, correct?

     




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    Dcookie wrote:

    wingrider01 wrote:

    Dcookie wrote:

    I'm just double checking on this...I had an Unlimited Media Net plan on my dumbphone $10/mo,  and 2 days ago, purchased my first Smartphone at Best Buy. They removed my dumbphone Unlimited Media Net Plan and added the 2 GB $25/mo data plan, as I wanted. 

     

    MY question is, COULD I possibly have KEPT my Unlimted Media Net plan (grandfathered) or is this an entirely different situation? I've had someone tell me that I could have kept it but somehow, I wouldn't think so. I don't believe Unlimited Meda Net plans for Dumbphones would be grandfathered to a new Smartphone, even though I would be paying $30/mo instead of the $10. I hope this made sense to you. I just need to confirm. I need to know if I need to make any phonecalls to CC.

     

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    No - unlimited Media net is not a smartphone plan. These are two different beasts.


    Yea, I figured that. Just needed to make sure. But, another thing is, if they're two different beasts, how can some people get away using  the dumbphone data plan on a smartphone, until they get caught that is? It seems like it data is data, correct?



    Sometimes, it depends on how access is configured, haven;t used medianet in about 10 years but if I recall correctly you are not using s full service browser like Safari, Opera or IE mobile, but a restricted one. Where on a smartphone you ar using a full service browser. Restrictions are higher on a medianet data plan then a smartphone data plan

     

    There used to be a loophole back when data plans where not mandatory for smartphones that a media net pan could be attached to a smartphone, the carrier has since closed that loophole but there are still older smartphones out there that still have a medianet plan attached, by attrition they will die out when the user comes in out of the cold to upgrade

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