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AT&T confirms you can keep unlimited data plans with iPhone 5

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After Apple’s iPhone 5 reveal today, we’re sure many of you are figuring out just how you can get your hands on one. AT&T subscribers still holding on to an unlimited data plan can rest easy, as the carrier confirmed today that you’ll still be able to keep unlimited plans with the iPhone 5.

“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,” wrote AT&T president and CEO Ralph de la Vega in a statement today. [Editor’s note: The bold emphasis is ours]

[Check out our full coverage from today’s Apple event.]

AT&T initially offered unlimited data plans for the first few generations of iPhones, but it moved toward tiered data plans two years ago (shortly before the release of the iPhone 4). Given the many network issues AT&T had were due to the influx of iPhone customers, the carrier clearly couldn’t keep up its promise of unlimited data. AT&T allowed existing unlimited data customers to keep their plans, but if they ever leave the carrier they’ll lose it for good.

It’s worth noting that AT&T throttles unlimited data plans once they pass 5 gigabytes of monthly data usage, so it’s still technically unlimited, though not a free-for-all of mobile data.

Many unlimited customers were worried that Apple wouldn’t allow unlimited data on the iPhone 5 because it offers 4G LTE connectivity. For now, at least, it looks like their unlimited plans are safe.

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