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    Is it possible to buy a used 3g (at&t) with unlimited data?

    Hi all,

    New to the forum...and have gotten loads of great advice while searching through. I Have been doing some research and decided to go ahead with an iPad 2, 64gb. Have been on the fence on whether I really needed 3g or if wifi would be fine. I do a little traveling during the year and would use 3g then, but mostly for meeting with clients where I may not have wifi access. So...I would love to have 3g, but not sure on pulling the trigger due to the higher cost and the monthly charges.

    Trying to find a good deal, I have someone locally who is selling their used iPad 2, 64gb with 3g (at&t). They are selling the pad, and including the unlimited data plan they have on it as well. They say it is like new and has no blemishes. Before I decide on whether to go take a look at it, is it possible to take over someone else's unlimited data plan, and would it be worth it? If it is worth it, any idea on what a fair price may be? I have been looking around and have an idea of what new and used one's go for, but not sure with the inclusion of an unlimited data plan.

    Any thoughts/assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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    Yes, you can change the payment information on an unlimited AT&T plan for the iPad. All you'd have to do is change the credit card information and it will work fine.

    Now, as to price, iPads with unlimited data are currently listed on eBay for $1000 - $1200 (USD). I've seen just the SIM card go for $400-700.

    Take that for what it's worth. I know they are selling - you just have to decide if that's what you wish to pay.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks Marilyn.

    Would the at&t account still be under the name of the person I purchased it from? I was just curious if I changed the credit card info, will they have access to my credit card through their account?

    Thanks!

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    No, they won't have your name. You'll change everything through the AT&T web site. The only thing that will remain the same is the iPad-specific info, such as the UDID.

    Usually, you provide the seller your email, temporary password and your billing address. They then modify these settings on the iPad prior to giving it to you. Once you receive the iPad, login with information you provided and update your billing and credit card information (and change the password!). You just need to make sure you set up your credit card on the account before the next billing cycle or you will lose the unlimited data plan.

    Hope that clarifies things. Let me know if you need more info.

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    Thanks! This information helps immensely! The seller is local and I hope to meet up with them over the weekend and take a look at the iPad. Though it is not the color I preferred, I can live with it for price.

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    Is there an unlimited data plan that you pay once and do not have to renew monthly, or am I misunderstanding what you are talking about? Thanks.

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    An unlimited data plan is where you pay monthly but the volume of data that you use each month is not limited. There are few - if any - now in the US. In other countries - particularly the UK - there are many unlimited data plans.

    I have one with the UK operator '3' where I pay about $20/month for an unlimited ('All you can eat') data plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vbriggs View Post
    Is there an unlimited data plan that you pay once and do not have to renew monthly, or am I misunderstanding what you are talking about? Thanks.
    What the OP is talking about here was the unlimited data plan that AT&T offered back when the first iPad came out and then discontinued in June 2010. The people that had the plan were "grandfathered" in and as long as they kepy up their payments, they were able to keep the plan. Every now and then, one of those people decides they don't want the plan (or the iPad) any longer, so they sell them. As it's quite a good deal, they can get real good money for those plans on places such as eBay.This is only in the USA, by the way.Now, of course, in the US, you only get the 200MB or 2GB plans...Hope this clarifies things.Marilyn
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    Ok, I see... Thanks for clarifying.

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    Thanks for all of the input. Still trying to decide which route to take. I know that there will be times that I won't have access, but trying to justify the higher cost of the iPad for 3g as well as the $30 monthly fee or whether to just go wifi. Trying to look into my crystal ball and find the answer.


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