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Here is how to transfer your Unlimited ATT data plan to your new 4G iPad

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    Take this with a grain of salt, but I recently read that AT&T was throttling unlimited smart phone plans, not iPad plans, at least with 3G. So if that were true, it wouldn't be a stretch to learn that they weren't throttling iPad 4G, either.

    I'm on unlimited 3G on iPad and iPhone and received a standard throttling notice on my cell phone bill months ago, but I've never received one for my iPad plan (all I get is email confirmation of monthly credit card charging). I've continued to use as much data as I've wanted to on iPad, going well beyond what was indicated for throttling, but have yet to see any throttling of my use. I kept expecting them to clamp down, and wouldn't be surprised if they do, but we'll see. Meanwhile, I use my iPhone unlimited relatively little.
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    I think I might just upgrade to the Ipad 2 to keep my grandfathered unlimited. Something about 4g lte with the grandfathered unlimited plan doesn't sit well with me. I'm getting 3meg downloads with 3g and that's more than enough.
    At least wait until there is actually 4g LTE in this area.
    I'm averaging 5-15gig/month.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2012
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    Ehhhhh, there is a first time for anything. Expect the unexpected...

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    No prob. If throttling kicks in and I'm throttled for the rest of a month (as throttling on AT&T is described), I have a second (never used) SIM that I can use to sign up for a month's data if needed, lol.

    Meanwhile, I'm using unlimited as a normal person would define unlimited, rather than the legalese that carriers use.
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    I know it's insane. I am at approx. 800 MB on my unlimited iPhone data and about 900 MB on my tethered iPhone data to iPad but that's tiered so no worries there as they would want me to blow through that and charge me more $$$. Ain't gonna happen. I am on wifi most of the time.

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    I moved from my iPad1 with 3G to the new iPad with 4G and the speed difference is AMAZING.......my iPad is now about 4X the speed of the 3G (12 Mbps vs 3Mbps) and now it's about 3X faster to use the 4G than my home Internet via WiFi (crappy cable through Cox).........now if only AT&T would come up with a hotspot option for their version I'd use this for everything.............oh yeah I forgot to mention I am "Grandfathered" on the unlimited plan I signed up for when I got my first unit (launch day in 2010).

    Cheers!
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    My information came from two friends that hit 5GB with their iPad 2 3G (grandfathered in) unlmited plans and were throttled late in month. So it does happen. And the same level of Internet use on 4G will likely eat up the data allocation quicker.

    But 5GB is a boatload of data. I use my iPhone 4S as a jailbreak modem for my iPad2 regularly all day. And I've had a hard time getting even to 2GB of usage. I wonder what people are downloading to get to 5GB??!? ;-)
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    I don't know what your friends are doing with their data. When I'm traveling, I use 3G for everything, including streaming movies. That takes a lot of data.
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    We are starting to get off topic of transferring the data plan to the new iPad.

    ATT has not come out and said that they will be throttling the iPad plans however they did come out with a press announcement saying that 3G phone plans will now start throttling at 3GB and LTE phone plans will throttle at 5GB. So according to the phone plans LTE plans will give you more bandwidth before getting throttled.
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    I find that 3G doesn't work as well for me to stream movies and I need to get on wifi to do this. Then again, I was trying to do this from my grandfathered unlimited data from my iPhone. I stream movies via Netflix via iPhone so I can have my iPad free lol.

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    Sort of looks like something out of the Sandford & Son sitcom back in the 70s with Redd Foxx lmao!!

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    Just tranferred my AT&T Unlimited Data Plan from my iPad 1 to my New iPad (3rd Gen). I went through the 1-800-331-0500 number and asked for the section which manages iPad Unlimited Data Plan transfers from old to new iPads. I was transferred (no waiting) and talked to a knowledgeable rep who walked me through the process.

    Process with AT&T Rep is as follows:

    1. Rep verified my old iPad information using my old iPad Cellular Number, email address, and name.
    2. Directed I power down (turn completely off) my old iPad.
    3. Turn on new iPad and turn off WiFi.
    4. On new iPad goto Settings - Cellular Data - View Account and Log-in.
    5. After log-in is a new screen with Data Plans -- ensure "Unlimited Plan" for $29.95 is checked (it should be already) -- Then press "Next" on that screen.
    6. Terms and Conditions Screen -- "Agree".
    7. Screen comes up indicating AT&T is updating plan.
    8. Wait till that screen goes away.
    9. Power Down (turn off) New iPad completely -- wait ten seconds -- restart to Apple icon on screen and let iPad reboot.
    10. Upper Left screen indicates AT&T Network acquired (signal bars present) -- 4G or LTE if within range of 4G.
    11. Check that you can connect with websites through Safari Browser -- Yes.
    12. Back to Settings -- General -- About Screen.
    13. Confirm with rep that IMEI and ICCID on iPad matches what just updated in their system.

    That's it! Five Minutes and transfer complete. According to other posters this process can all be done without a customer rep. However, the rep can see what's happening in their system and confirm everything transferred correctly and that service continuity is maintained. In the unlikely event a problem occurs they can help sort it out immediately.
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    Good to know!
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    Indeed.
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    There ya go! In writing. That's why my friends were throttled at 5GB.

    And KayKay.. You can't stream movies "well" at 3G. Certainly not HD.
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    I think you misread Mike's post. As discussed before, AT&T's announcement about throttling was about phones. If they've sent one about iPad, I've not received one, and I've had their 3G plan since the launch day of iPad 1 3G.

    I can't speak to your experiences with streaming movies, but I've had only occasional probs streaming movies via 3G. That can vary with location, of course. As for HD movies, I don't care about them. If I did, I wouldn't watch them on an iPad.
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    Interesting. I'm puzzled. Throttling of iPad plans is definitely happening, KayKay. I guess you're just never hitting the cap. It's easy enough to check in your General Settings-> About window and look at your usage. Do you reset that monthly to track your usage?
    HD movies on iPad 3 is supposed to be breathtaking. People will indeed lean on that with the 3's in LTE areas. I'm just sayin' watch your usage. Being throttled is no fun!
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    Lol, of course I know how to check my usage, but thanks anyway. I reset every time I get my monthly billing confirmation email from AT&T.

    I'm using my unlimited as I want to. If I get throttled, then I do. There's no point curtailing my use on my own. In case of throttling, I have a spare SIM that I can always pop in and use to buy fresh unthrottled data for the rest of the month.
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    I don't think I've ever been under 5g/month unless I'm out of the country for the whole month.
    Stream 1-2 episodes of Stargate SG1 each day 5 days a week among other things on 3G.
    Not throttled.
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    To be honest I really don't need the speeds. With AT&T grandpa unlimited I always get 3Mbps/400Kbps on my iPad and it works fine for streaming hulu,vudu,slingplayer,Bloomberg TV,etc.. I've got the same dl/ul speeds on my cox hsi essentials.
    I have the docsis3 modem too. Slingplayer streams very well remotely when out of the country.
    Don't make sense for me to get anything faster if I can already do everything I need with essentials for $26/mo..
    I don't even own a tv. I stream my basic cable with Slingplayer.
    My neighbor gave me access to her wifi. It's Cox business with 60Mbps/ 5Mbps and I rarely bother to use it.

    The only reason I can think of to need those high speeds in the home is gaming and a house full of people streaming.
    On the iPad I'm not really sure other than downloading I guess. If I had to download a movie I just start before I go to bed and it's done by the time I get up.
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    :thumbs:Yes it works,you can transfer your 3G account from your old i pad to the 3,like the man said go to settings,cellular account, and so on,this for the monthly plans.

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