49 thoughts on “How to move an unlimited AT&T data plan to a new iPad

  1. Have you used your new iPad with your unlimited plan as a wifi hotspot? How does at&t treat you when you if you do this? Is it still $29.99.

    1. No I haven’t. I believe that you need to have a “qualified” data plan that includes tethering in order to do this. And I’m pretty sure that it will cost you more than $29.99 a month :-).

      1. Actually, you can still tether – the tethering ability has nothing to do with the plan itself but the type of iPad gen you have and carrier (e.g., iPad 4 vs. iPad 2, etc). If the iPad allows tethering for current plans, then this plan also works with tethering – depends on iPad and carrier, grandfathered plan makes no difference. Great news.

  2. Awesome. Worked perfectly. Your description was the only one I could find to deal with this question. Looks like we are part of a minority group that still has an unlimited data plan with them. Thanks for the info! And yes, with IPad 3/4 you can tether, regardless of data plan. If you reach 3GB, AT&T will simply throttle as noted.

    1. Presuming you already got the answer, for others with the same question, it can be moved to one of them, but not to both simultaneously. One of the two will require a new plan if you want both on cellular data at the same time.

  3. Worked great, but I never got the emails in the end. I also had to restart my new ipad before the LTE took effect. Also the automatic renewal was already in place without having to mess with anything in settings. All in all very useful tutorial and now my worrying of being able to keep my unlimited plan is over. Thanks so much!

    1. I had the same experience switching from 1st generation iPad to iPad Air, i.e., no emails, need to restart, and auto renew in place ( I hope. I’ll let you know in 4 days when my plan expires.)

      You deserve a consulting fee from AT&T. Thanks so much for the straightforward instructions.

  4. That was an extremely helpful guide. Thanks for the pain & suffering you went through to figure it out. Best suggestion on web for this

  5. Will this work if you have never had an ipad on the unlimited data but want to purchase an ipad and put it on the unlimited data?

  6. It seems AT&T saw your post because this doesn’t seem to work. After putting in the new codes and clicking next a message now tells you that your old data plan is not available. Any suggestions?

  7. “The plan you had on your original device is not available on your new device.” This is the message I get after put in the new numbers and clicking next. The “submit” button never appears

  8. As of Oct 2013, You can still do this except now you have to go into the att store and tell them you need swap your new lte sim for your old sim.
    After they do this; log onto your account and enter your imei number. Your account will still show the 3g data plan. You can now select the unlimited LTE on the next page.
    If you try it without going to the store the page tells you that you must upgrade to a new plan that is not unlimited.

  9. I did the same steps as you did, all up and running without issue. One question for you though, have you ever tried stopping the service for a couple of months then trying to reinstate it? By “Cancel” do they mean disconnect or do they mean really cancel the account? I’d love to not pay the fee monthly but I’ve kept it going just to avoid falling foul of their terminology! With just about any other plan you can do this but I suspect they want to keep getting their $29.99 regardless!

    1. When AT&T introduced this plan, they said they would allow exactly what you described—the ability to stop and start the plan month by month without penalty. Thirty days later, sadly, they yanked this option. If you ever cancel the plan—no matter how briefly— you will not be allowed to sign up for it again.

  10. You sir, are a rock star. I just used your tutorial to transfer my unlimited data plan to my new iPad Air in record time. I think it took me longer to find your page than to actually complete the migration. However, I never received an email from AT&T (at least not yet) about the cancellation of my plan. I logged into the new iPad Air and it still had my payment information.

    Either way, thank you!!!!

  11. It can possibly be useful tips and info’s that is so wonderful to know from your content. Thanks for informing us all regarding these helpful stuffs that you had wrote from your blog.

  12. THANK YOU!!! You’re me tech hero of the week!!
    AT&T wasted so much time pretending to help me do this but never coming thru over 3 phone calls and 4 live chats- This worked perfectly…

  13. Now if I have the original unlimited data from an iPhone can I put the SIM card into the iPad and still have unlimited data?

    1. Dennis (or anyone else)–I’m looking to buy an unlimited data plan. Please contact me at the email address in the attached image with your price. Thanks!

    2. Dennis (or anyone else)–I’m looking to buy an unlimited data plan. Please contact me at ftj[dot]ipad[at]mailnull[dot]com with your price. Thanks!

  14. It was not as simple moving my original version iPad with unlimited data to the new iPad Air 2. After two hours on the phone with AT&T customer service I was told that I would need to visit a store in person to make the update. My plan is only $25.00 a month on a reoccurring billing cycle for unlimited data and was purchased Dec 2010. The instructions outlined above have changed as they have removed the unlimited data option from the drop down and try to get you to pick a current plan. I was told I store Not to choose any of those options.

  15. Bought a refurb iPad 4 from Apple in December 2013 to replace an iPad 1 that was under the AT&T unlimited data plan. (Note: Apple has great “like new” factory refurbs.) This method worked just as advertised. IIRC I didn’t need to turn on auto billing afterward but did check it per these instructions. Getting ready to do this again to transition from the iPad 4 to an Air 2 this week (yet another Apple factory refurb).

  16. Thx Adrian, I moved it from ipad2 to iPad Pro – it worked !! But am I missing functionality of iPad Pro..? I was like you, had orig iPad w/ unlimited data plan, did move it once to iPad 2 (but did so at Apple Store, so no hiccups). Then – rec’d ipad3 – but Apple Store told me since it was 4G, couldn’t move the 3G plan…or maybe they said I wouldn’t have all features – BUT NOW…I moved to ipadpro – obviously my unlimited data plan must not allow me to use iPad as hotspot since it doesn’t “show up” under cellular section. Otherwise seems fine??? Am I missing out?

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