Apple Details iPad 3G Data Plans

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Following the launch of the iPad pre-order program on Friday, Apple updated its iPad product page with additional information about the tablet’s 3G wireless data service plan options.

Apple struck a deal with AT&T to offer a 250MB per month and unlimited data plan for iPad owners without requiring contracts. The plans mean users can sign up for a plan when they need wireless data service, and cancel whenever they like.

The iPad Web page states “So if you have a business trip or vacation approaching, just sign up for the month you’ll be traveling and cancel when you get back. You don’t need to visit a store to get 3G service. You can sign up, check your data usage, manage your account, or cancel your service — all from your iPad.”

iPad with 3G support owners can sign up for wireless data service on the device, and if they choose the 250MB a month plan, they’ll see indicators showing when they’re within 20 and 10 percent of their monthly data cap. There’s also an option to bump up to the unlimited data plan if you use more than the 250MB cap.

The iPad is a multimedia tablet device that runs a version of the iPhone operating system and includes a 9.7-inch multitouch display. It supports music and movie playback, includes an ebook reader, supports most iPhone apps, and is available with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 3G wireless data support.

The 250MB a month 3G data plan from AT&T is priced at US$14.99, and the unlimited monthly data plan costs $29.99.

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

Am I correct in thinking that the $29.99 unlimited plan is a good bit cheaper than what is offered by other carriers?

SirDennis

“Am I correct in thinking that the $29.99 unlimited plan is a good bit cheaper than what is offered by other carriers?”

Yes, it’s about 50% of that which other carriers offer for unlimited plans. It’s also a good deal as you don’t have to sign a 2 year contract and can cancel whenever you want.

Ordered my iPad and all accessories just one minute after the online store re-opened this morning! I’m really eager for April 3rd to arrive - “One good day for man, One great day for mankind!” (and you can quote me on that)

Lee Dronick

Yes, it?s about 50% of that which other carriers offer for unlimited plans. It?s also a good deal as you don?t have to sign a 2 year contract and can cancel whenever you want.

This will probably prompt a 3G price war. S&H Green stamps with every 3G contract.

Ordered my iPad and all accessories just one minute after the online store re-opened this morning!

My wife wants a 3G model so that she can use it do college homework while commuting on the bus or at other places where there is no WiFi connection. How much she will use the 3G service and how well that it will work remains to be seen.

By the way, I checked the educational section of the online Apple Store and there is no educational discount. Usually it is about 10%

jared

Be very careful about ordering online from the apple store.  They say it will be dielvered on april 3rd but i highly doubt that it wil happen.  I pre ordered the Iphone 3gs and they gaurenteed me that it would be here the first day it was avaiiable and when the day came it never came.  It took over a week after the releasr date for it to arrive.  I ended up going to the apple store and getting one elaier and returned the one that got mailed to me.

DMO

At $15, the least expensive plan is very similar in cost to what hotels, etc charge for a day of wifi access

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