2/29/2018 Update: AT&T did proceed with this change, and Unlimited Plus plans are now retired for new customers and grandfathered in for existing customers. Unlimited Plus plan customer can still add a hotspot line through 5/6/2018 to be grandfathered in.
10/28/2017 Update:The original leaked deadline of 10/27 has passed, and hotspot devices are still able to be activated on Unlimited plus for new and existing customers.
Which negates at least part of the original leak, and supports rescinding of the policy. Suspicion from others posting online is that AT&T is clearly in talks about changes around hotspot lines, so we are on guard that changes similar to the original leak could occur in the future. As such, we recommend that if you want this plan - act sooner rather than later.
Word is out that anyone who has a hotspot activated on an Unlimited Plus or Choice plan by Oct 28 will be grandfathered in when AT&T changes their policy of no longer considering these devices eligible.
If you've been considering one of these plans (which gives full LTE unlimited hotspot data just subject to network management) - now may be your last chance.
This video is an archive of a presentation we did on our @Internet for RVer Facebook group - overviewing the plan, the different plans AT&T offers and the info you need to get signed up. It answers most all of the frequent questions we've been fielding including:
- Why is this plan worthwhile?
- Differences between Unlimited Plus and Choice plans
- Does this impact the Connected Car Mobley plan?
- What about the Home Base Rural plans
- What device do we recommend?
A: the Unite Explore: more info -http://www.mobileinternetinfo.com/explore
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If I buy one of these "unlimited data netgear nighthawk router" listings on eBay or amazon, would I be able to switch my sim card out of my z700a and plug it into the new nighthawk? I assume the IMEI of the router in these listings are already grandfathered in? I have the unlimited plus plan, but unfortunately I found out after the fact that AT&T won't allow the new routers to be used. So I'm back to square 1 and $35 poorer due to the restocking fee lol
Ahh.. a WPHI device. They are coded internally differently than hotspots .. so you probably won't have much luck SIM swapping. It may work for now, but if AT&T ever enforces their device rules, it could quit working. You should be able to buy the new Wireless Internet router on your own, and just put the z700a SIM in it.
The plans are based on the SIM card, not the device. So no, buying a used device won't get you the plan. You just simply activate new lines of hotspot service on your account any longer.
Mobile Internet Resource Center the brand is ZTE I believe, but ATT calls it the “ATT Home base” and it allows for a phone connection as well as WiFi from the LTE network. I bought it a year or so ago and had to add a new line and that’s when I also upgraded to the unlimited data plan to get the free HBO :)...but After my recent attempt at upgrading to a better router (that no longer works on unlimited plans) I assumed if I bought a used nighthawk LTE router that was added before the May 6th date it would be able to also work on my plan? Or will the IMEI on the used device still not be useable for me? I hope I’m making sense lol
Netgear Nighthawks work on the Unlimited Plus Plan. You just had to have them activated prior to May 6. I'm not sure what a 'z700a' is - not familiar with that model number. What type of plan is your SIM provisioned for - smartphone, hotspot?
Im on unlimited plus still.. I bought one of these things the other day online from AT&T. Added it on as a line for $20 a month. Got it in today and it keeps telling me the device is locked and if you don't have an unlock code get it from your network provider. AT&T has no clue apparently.. spent hours on the phone with them and theyre going to exchange it for a new one.
Hey guys I like your videos but I wanted to let you know that this is not true I just two weeks ago bought a hotspot and added it to my family plan on the unlimited plus plan and yes I'm getting unlimited data high speed at that. I will tell you that the representative for AT&T told me that I would only get 10 GB and then it wouldn't work no more but I had a week on last month and I used 16 gigs and it was still going strong and now this month I've used over 20 and it's still going strong. I truly feel the AT&T just has to tell us that they're going to but that doesn't mean that that's what happened all the time. Clearly in my position it's not what they told me and on my cell phone I've used over a hundred and 50 gigs before on my Hotspot and had no issues with speed.
Ive got the ATT Unlimited Plus "Enhanced" Plan.. is this what you have as well? I just ordered the nighthawk device right now and am hoping for unlimited data access. When I bought the device it had me add it on to my existing unlimited plan for $20 a month. I heard from a friend about the device today.. When I asked AT&T they acted like unlimited data off a hot spot didn't exist.. told me my friend may have been grandfathered in. Yet when I bought the device it didn't give me any option to pick a data amount.
As noted in the description, AT&T rescinded this at the last minute. They did however actually retire this plan on 2/28/2018. Mobile hotspot devices do get unlimited data, and smartphones are supposed to be capped at 10GB (but they're not enforcing it across the board yet).
Have a unlimited plus line and just got the hotspot November 22nd really happy they did not end the plan , i m serous considering getting another one just because and it being to my 3rd line would only cost $20 Or 32 with tax plus new device insurance. Edit oh up to 160 Gb so far no slowdown and 20 days to go.
Thanks for all you guys do...love your work! FYI, T-Mobile does offer unlimited hotspotting from a phone for $95 per month, on Unlimited ONE Plus International. I tried it for a few weeks and it worked well. Could be interesting to USB-tether it to a Pepwave or similar device for better range. If you have an old phone you can dedicate, I think that could make a credible setup for replacing the DSL/cable/satellite, depending on your location and T-Mobile's coverage there. If the SIM could be moved to a hotspot (MIMO-antenna ready?)...maybe better yet.
Also I wonder whether T-Mobile's 50gig threshold for network management would apply here; but I do suspect you'd get Netflix thrown in free.
Am posting this because I think you've stated T-Mobile does not have an unlimited hotspot offering, and that AT&T's was the last one widely available to consumers. Assuming it works, the T-Mobile configuration I describe might be a hack to get there, but a fairly easy one.
T-Mobile does not offer an unlimited data plan on a dedicated mobile hotspot device. Since this video, Sprint has also come out with one similar to this AT&T deal (we have a video on that too.)
But yes, T-Mobile One + International plan does offer unlimited personal hotspot off a smartphone, and their smartphone SIM will not work in a hotspot device. But there are 3rd party resellers who get around this.
However, on T-Mobile, hotspot use is always lower priority traffic than on device data (sometimes up to 1/2 the speed), and if you use more than 50GB in a month and 1/2 your usage is hotspot - they reserve the right to "have a talk". All covered in our guide to unlimited: www.rvmobileinternet.com/unlimited
To get the free Netflix, you need at least 2 lines of service on the same account.
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ok I just spoke with a rep. they told me they could sell a 10 gig hotspot(velocity)I can add for 20$. 2 yr contract. I asked what happens after 10 gig. he told me they alow down to 3g speeds. Is this the same plan your talking about? He acted clueless about the unlimited non throttle part when I asked him.
I have no phone line plans on my account just a couple of mobleys and a WHPI . Try doing it online it's worked for myself and others with no plan changes happening . It's best not to get agents and customer no service involved . I also have a FAN so who knows if that has something to do with it or not .
Do you also have AT&T Unlimited mobile phone lines? I wonder if they switched you to the $20 mobile hotspot add/on. After reading your comment I went in and tried. They said my Connected Car plan would change if I signed a two year contract for a different device other than the Mobley. I tried this before with the Unite Explore and was told the same.
Just wanted to say thanks for this video. We went to the local AT&T store today, where they were trying to convince us to wait until the 28th to get the Nighthawk hotspot because it’s supposed to be a better device. They were *adamant* that no restriction on data was coming down the pike.
My husband and I told them about you guys and they googled the article you wrote, and then looked up the internal AT&T memos that you guys have the numbers for in your article. Their eyes got all wide, and the manager of the store said, “Oh. They’re right,” in this super quiet voice.
They were both super embarrassed that they had to be taught this from someone in off the street, lol. They were So Certain that we were wrong, they almost had us convinced too, until they read your article and your supporting evidence.
We walked out with an activated Unite Explore in our hot little hands. 😉
I just got one and it's just like you said. Unlimited plus with a hotspot for $90 a month. The device was like a dollar and change up front. I just became a member of your site today and feel like you have already made it worthwhile.
Love my Unite Explore. Four months full timing from NY to FL to CO and only one place where we couldn't get a signal. Our phones will be saying no signal but the U/E with the little MIMO antenna will be blaring away. Best purchase I made. The WIFI extender is still in the box.
Unfortunately the one we recommended (The Netgear MIMO) was recently discontinued. We just got some potential alternates in to test. We have several options listed in our Guide to Selecting Cellular Antennas: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/resources/selecting-a-cellular-antenna-2/
Thanks again for sharing this very useful information. We have had a Verizon Unlimited Data plan (hotspot) for the past 3 years plus 2 iPhones on T-Mobile since February of this year - which really helped slash our monthly connectivity expenses. All thanks to the two of you for giving us a heads up on the latest deals, cutoff dates, limitations etc on the various carriers... Being a member of Mobile Internet Resource Center has truly been invaluable to us, as connectivity is critical for us and what enables our full-time RV life. We consider membership essential for anyone who is mobile and to whom internet is important - the cost of membership is extremely low at just over a dollar a week, and has literally saved us thousands of dollars over the past 3 years that we have been members and provided us with optimal connectivity solutions for our needs. For anyone on the fence about paying $57 a year for membership, we can say from experience that you will recoup that MANY times over during the course of your membership. Chris and Cherie, thanks again for your tireless work on behalf of all of us, we appreciate your passion, expertise and willingness to share with us all. Now, time for us to weigh up whether to add AT&T to our mix for $90/mo :)
Perfectly clear to me. Not sure why the message isn't getting through. We appreciate your open, honest answers as always, even if it isn't what others may want to hear. I am sure there are other resources Adam could pursue, as has been suggested.
You're still not getting it.. we don't have an opinion on it to share! You're welcome to ask the question - of course (and did we say otherwise??). But if it's not a question we have an answer to, then we're going to say so. As we said, we don't track this from the data broker perspective. Find them, and see how they're provisioning for this.. if at all.
Mobile Internet Resource Center If you don't want to share your opinion that's fine. Unless you have some kind of disclaimer, a reasonable person would assume they could ask any question relevant to the subject matter of the title of a video. If you and your viewers are the type of people who would be buying these resold plans, since you mentioned them, why would it be unreasonable to even ask the question? I'm only interested in a situation where everybody wins.
I did buy your app by the way like it very much. Perhaps I will get some of your merchandise in the future.
You are asking in our channel on our video, which is specifically advising RVers and cruisers on how to get this plan now.
We simply do not focus on advising data brokers and we are not comfortable advising anyone on if this is a good investment opportunity. If you're interested in becoming a data broker, then find the places those folks hang out - I'm sure there is a lot of knowledge there to tap into.
And if there is an aftermarket of rental/resell plans after the cut off - we will cover that to so that our audience can make contacts. Just as we do for the Verizon UDP market.
RVLove | Marc & Julie Bennett Actually I bought their app so my cash is sitting in their pocket right now :) This is an open comment section on a public website so I can ask any question I want; most people with reasonable intelligence would assume questions related to the subject matter of the video are allowed and welcomed.
Now let me break it down for you and see if you can do some very simple math: if there is it cut off for this plan, most would conclude there would be a finite number of these plans remaining after the cut off. So would your community be better or worse off with more or less of these plans available after the cut off? If I purchase and resell, will there be more or less plans available after the cut off? See if you can follow the bouncing ball and get back to me. As far as having good luck with my life, I have which is why I'm in a position to purchase as many of these devices and plans as I see fit.
Not quite sure I'm following... how is your plan both unlimited and 5GB? But yes, you can use the hotspot off your Verizon plan to connect your tablet via Wi-Fi. All usage will count against your hotspot cap (which is 15GB on Verizon unlimited plans)
I just added one on to the unlimited plus plan a week ago and it's unlimited they'll tell you when you call them and add it that you're only going to get 10 gigs but it's bullshit. I've already used over 20 gb in this first week of this month
Thanks for hooking your subs up with this information bro. I would have let the 27th pass and would have not known. I'm adding a hotspot to my phone plan asap. I might get two cause these things are rare to have.
I use the Unite on xfinity mobile. Unlimited data hotspot device 45.00 a month on verizon network. Xfinity states past 20gb you are throttled but currently it's not enforced. Just another great alternative plan
OR you can use the PrePaid unlimited AT&T ipad plan for $30 and activate it on an ipad and then after you activate it, put the sim
card in a hotspot and it works great!!!! that's what i've been doing for the last month!
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