AT&T Intros 3G Subscription Plans for Tablets

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Following the introduction of Apple’s new second generation iPad, AT&T has announced its 3G wireless data subscription plans for tablet devices. The new subscription plans come in 250MB and 2GB versions, and include the first month free.

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The monthly data subscription service costs US$14.99 for the 250MB plan, or $25 for the 2GB plan with an additional $10 for every gigabyte users eat into beyond their monthly cap. 2GB plan subscribers can also buy an additional 2GB of data for the month for an extra $25.

Like the company’s month-to-month data plan options iPad users can currently take advantage of, the new subscription plans don’t require a contract. Customers that prefer the pre-paid month-to-month option will still be able to take advantage of that plan, too.

AT&T said customers can sign up for the new tablet data subscription plans at its own stores aw well as Best Buy, Fry’s, select Nexcom locations, and Walmart stores.

Comments

mchampag

$10 per GB if you go over, but 2GB subscribers can pay $12.50/GB ahead of time for two more GB.

Sounds about right for a mobile phone company.

Dean Lewis

$25 for the 2GB plan with an additional $10 for every gigabyte users eat into beyond their monthly cap. 2GB plan subscribers can also buy an additional 2GB of data for the month for an extra $25.

I admit my brain is slow this morning because I haven’t had my caffeine yet. Is this correct? I can pay $25 for 2GB and then an extra $10 for each 1GB or portion thereof after, or $50 for 4GB? If I prepay, I’m paying an extra $5?

It wouldn’t surprise me since I’m paying $0.20 per text message now, but if I pay for a text message plan, I get to pay $0.50 each if I go over my allotment. Way to make up the difference for the discount for prepaying, mobile providers.

daemon

Dean,

That’s the special Apple customer rate. Non-Apple customer’s only get 200 MB a month for $35 a month, or 5 GB a month for $60 a month. (Overage fees of 10 cents and 5 cents a MB after the cap.)

Dean Lewis

Apple and non-Apple? Isn’t the data the same no matter the phone? Hasn’t it been shown Apple users make more use of their data plans than others, so shouldn’t Apple users pay more for taxing the network more?

Mobile company plans, even within the same company, make my head spin. I haven’t found one yet that doesn’t try to confuse you so you end up getting a plan that overcharges you for something. Ridiculous. I found the text message b.s. when I recently finally hit $80 because of my text messages and decided to get a plan. The $10 200 msg plan looked like the one for me, until I saw that international msgs (the majority of mine) were another $10 for only 100 messages. And, on top of that, my per message rate goes from 20 cents to 50 cents. And that’s before I even consider there is “International Messaging” and “Global Messaging” which appear to have different message limits but no other discernible difference in price or capability.

It’s insanity.

Edited to add: I’m looking again, and one of the msg plans charges $0.20 and the other $0.40 for incoming messages over the limit. And outgoing could cost 20, 25 or 50 cents each depending on whether I’m on one of the plans or not. I repeat: insanity.

daemon

Dean,
You do less than 200 text messages a month and they’re international? Uh…. the only thing I can suggest is to move back to email, cause you’re spending way too much for what you’re using.

Now, I don’t text people outside of the US, I Skype them, however I do use about 2500 text messages a month for domestic US (girls make up about 2400 of those messages, my male friends are typically content with 2 or 3 texts a piece.)

computerbandgeek

Dean, I would recommend using Google Voice, which offers UNLIMITED texting, FOR FREE. And international texting at rates ranging from extremely competitive to a total ripoff, depending on the country.

And if you’re an iPhone user, check out “GV Phone Extension” and “GV SMS Extension” for a completely native/seamless Google Voice experience (even better than on Android!).

Dean Lewis

You do less than 200 text messages a month and they?re international? Uh?. the only thing I can suggest is to move back to email

Yeah, the problem is the person I’m texting has unreliable internet. Extremely unreliable; as in down at any moment every other day. Thus the reason for the texting. smile And thus Skype is not an option unless it will text to a phone. And it may, so I’ll check.

Dean, I would recommend using Google Voice, which offers UNLIMITED texting, FOR FREE. And international texting at rates ranging from extremely competitive to a total ripoff, depending on the country.

Thanks. I’ll look into that, too. No iPhone; the screen is too small for my eyes. The iPad is better (I’ve used one often), so I’m looking into VOIP and texting alternatives for it, too. I can check into Skype and Google Voice for iPad, I suppose… Hopefully I can get it all set up before AT&T drains my bank account smile

computerbandgeek

No problem. I used to use Skype, but I prefer Google Voice because I get to pick a dedicated phone number that people can text me at without having to pay a monthly/yearly fee the way that Skype requires in order to have a dedicated phone number.

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