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iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless are sticking with established data plans for the latest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, despite the new high-definition device's ability to take a bigger byte of its data bucket.

Apple has posted data plans from each carrier on its site. AT&T will charge US$14.99 for 250MB a month, $30 for 3GB per month and $50 for 5GB. Verizon is charging $20 a month for 1GB, $30 for 2GB and $50 for 5GB.

Verizon will also offer hotspot functionality on the iPad for $20 per month. AT&T plans to support the feature, but won't have it enabled at launch.

The iPad is different from the iPhone in that the user buys the device outright, not on a two-year contract, so iPad users can decide to buy into the monthly plans, or not.

Why this matters
These are the same plans that the carriers offer for the iPad 2 but the 4G device is capable of viewing HD movies and more, and it's likely to use more data traffic than its predecessor. Right now, streaming a movie in standard definition over Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) results in data usage of around 1GB an hour. If you want to view in HD, that number will get higher. (See Balancing Faster 4G Data & Tighter Caps.)

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:39:56 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

Really isn't much to chose between these plans is there?

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 5:39:55 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

This is kind of like engineering a car that can reach 300 mph. The local speed limit is still 65 more or less. Doesn't matter what the monthly fee is -- there's only so much Megan Fox mobile networks can handle.

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 5:39:55 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

$30/month for 3GB


At least 3GB for a high def movie download


So, it will cost you at least $30 for watching an HD movie on the iPad!


Movie theater tickets are a a bargain by comparison.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:39:55 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

I'm keen on the idea of a shared data bucket from carriers that can be shared amongst your devices. Not seen one offered yet though.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:39:54 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

Essentially is that not the idea of tethering?


 


seven

desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 5:39:53 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

Remember when you thought long and hard about how many minutes your plan should have and whether you can share them with the rest of the family?  Rollover minutes, etc.


GBytes will eventually get there (more for less, shareable, etc.), but only when the providers have some new thing they can hook you with.  Somehow mobile providers have been able to keep their revenues and profits while the fixed guys have been losing their head and blaming it on us.


-desi

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:39:53 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

The iPad is just the leading edge of this though. (I tend to break Apple gear at a rapid rate myself so I won't be getting another one.) I'm talking about a BIG bucket of data I can share amongst say a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone. They start doing that right and we can talk about cable-cutting for real....

desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 5:39:53 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

Dan,


You know what they say when you buy a Rolls Royce: don't ask about the cost of an oil change. 


If you buy an iPad, you have enough money to buy 20GB of bandwidth, watch YouTube and play Words with Friends.


-desi

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:39:53 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

Yes. 5GB is no where close to enough though. Super stingy when you've bought the iPad outright and LTE is supposed to be cheaper per bit. (Ha, ha, ha.)

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:39:51 PM
re: iPad Data Plans: Same As It Ever Was

Depends where you are. In rural areas, Verizon would love to swap DSL users onto LTE. It would save a bundle on copper plants.

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