AT&T Confirms Unlimited Data for Loyal iPhone 5 Customers
AT&T has confirmed that those who currently are grandfathered into an unlimited data plan can keep that unlimited data plan with the iPhone 5.
The carrier confirmed the news to Gotta Be Mobile simply saying that those who are looking to upgrade to the iPhone 5 will be able to keep their unlimited data plan.
Those who are upgrading to the iPhone 5 will not have to pay an unsubsidized price for the iPhone 5 like unlimited data owners on Verizon will have to. Those who wish to keep unlimited data on Verizon will have to pay a hefty fee to pair the iPhone 5 with unlimited data. The cheapest unsubsidized iPhone 5 will cost $649.99.
Those who don’t wish to keep unlimited data will then be forced into a shared data plan on Verizon.
Read: iPhone 5: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint – Which Carrier is Best?
Customers grandfathered into unlimited data plans on AT&T looking to upgrade to the iPhone 5 will be treated to a much cheaper price tag. AT&T will offer the iPhone 5 to unlimited customers starting at $199.99 for the 16GB model. The most expensive subsidized iPhone 5 is $399.99 which will net a 64GB iPhone 5.
Those who are signing up for new contracts with AT&T will not have access to an unlimited data plan and will instead be forced to choose between individual line plans or a shared data plan.
This is fantastic news for those looking to stay on AT&T and is definitely a way for the carrier to keep some of its older customers from jumping ship to Sprint or Verizon.
Read: iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Start at 12AM PST & 3AM EST on Friday.
The iPhone 5 release date has been confirmed for September 21st and the device will go up for pre-order at midnight starting September 14th. Those on the east coast of the United States will be able to pre-order the device starting at 3am.
Apple’s new iPhone 5 features a new 4-inch display, a faster processor, iOS 6, a new design that is both taller and slimmer, and upgraded cameras making it solid option for those looking to get a new smartphone.
09/12/2012 at 3:21 pm
I had an unlimited AT&T account and they literally just changed it to limited data without my consent and started charging me overage fees. When I called to try to fix the error, the only response I got was “sorry, we can’t change it back, it’s no longer available.” Forget AT&T, I’m totally done with them. Worst mistake in phone carrier I’ve ever made, it’s been one thing after another and while the customer service reps are always NICE, they’re never allowed to actually help. STAY AWAY FROM AT&T!! Can’t wait to move to Sprint when the 5 is available next Friday!
11/12/2012 at 6:37 pm
That exact thing happened to me but I didn’t notice it changed since I have the same bill and autopay each month. A year and a half later now, when I got an overage message because I’m on LTE, they claim I called in to cancel the unlimited a year and a half ago (why would I EVER do that…especially when one phone of 2 phones on my plan still has the unlimited), and closed the case saying they can’t do anything else about it. I’ve been with them since the iPhone came out and they aren’t willing to help someone who’s stayed with them for that single reason.
09/12/2012 at 6:45 pm
I have to pay 250 above discount price or wait til may 2013 and I am an unlimited data user. Your story is not factual
09/12/2012 at 7:42 pm
Thats because you are still in contract with them. So thy prorate the subsidy. The story is indeed factual. If you bought an ‘s’ you likely have to wait another year for your full upgrade.
Since you already have to pay full price or damn near it anyway you can just. Uh it outright, finish off your contract then unlock it and go to virgin or metro for much less
09/15/2012 at 7:27 pm
I preordered the iPhone 5 and in automatically had me upgraded to the Unlimited for iPhone on 4G LTE plan for only $30/mo.
10/04/2012 at 12:10 pm
Anyone on AT&T know what the price of the phone 5 will be on a upgrade with another 2yr contract.