You Won’t Lose Your AT&T Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan When You Upgrade To The iPhone 5



The future of unlimited data on AT&T and Verizon doesn’t look promising, but potential iPhone 5 owners with grandfathered unlimited data plans on AT&T can rest easy. AT&T today confirmed that it will allow grandfathered customers with unlimited data to keep their plans when upgrading to the iPhone 5.

Unlike Verizon, AT&T will let its customers keep unlimited data if they buy a subsidized or unsubsidized iPhone 5. Verizon requires that customers pay the full, unsubsidized price of the device to keep unlimited data.

AT&T’s CEO in a press release:

“We are thrilled to offer iPhone 5 on the nation’s largest 4G network. We’ve worked with Apple since the original in 2007 and this is hands-down their best phone yet,” said Ralph de la Vega, president & CEO, AT&T Mobility. “We offer customers the flexibility to keep the iPhone data plans they already have or choose any of our individual or new Mobile Share plans. We’re proud that more customers choose AT&T for iPhone than any other U.S. carrier and look forward to making iPhone 5 the newest addition to our lineup.”

So there you have it. You can choose a new Mobile Share plan, but you don’t have to. That’s good news, and a big plus for buying the iPhone 5 on AT&T. One catch is that AT&T will force you to move to a Mobile Share plan if you want to use FaceTime over Cellular. Verizon has yet to give its official position on charging for FaceTime.

We have contacted AT&T for further clarification. We will update you when we hear back.

Source: AT&T

  • Sean Stinson


  • Adam Evens

    I just checked AT&T online (when I signed in it automatically went to the ‘check for upgrade eligibility screen) and they will only (currently) allow an upgrade at full retail price. So if I were to upgrade a 4S to a 4S, it would cost $549.99. In the past they have changed their minds and allowed an early upgrade discount for about $100 over the full two-year cost of $199-$399. I have a FAN discount through my employer and this can impact the cost of an upgrade because I don’t get gouged as much as someone who doesn’t have a discount. I hope they change their minds as I would like to get an iPhone 5 but I don’t want to pay the full price to upgrade.

  • Mystakill

    Wow, there’s a switch; AT&T being less “evil” for a change…

  • April Eom

    Do they get rid of grandfathered plans if you preorder it online? sources say if you preorder online, you will get upgraded to a mobileshare plan without owners acknowledgement and that it’ll be sort of the new process. i’m with at&t btw

  • dpeete

    Do unlimited plans really matter anymore anyway? They throttle you to nothing if you use much more than a regular plan.

  • Sam Presley Brodsgaard

    The manager at Verizon said you can only keep your at&t unlimited data plan if you pay FULL price for the iPhone 5. About $600 I believe. Looks like ill switch to Verizon. The apple genius I talked to Said Verizon’s network is much faster than AT&T.