How Much Do the New iPad Data Plans Cost?

by Michael on March 8, 2012 · 0 comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely aware that Apple introduced their 3rd generation iPad yesterday. In addition to a Retina display, better camera, and faster processor, the mobile-enabled versions are 4G LTE compatible.

But how much will these new data plans cost? Apple didn’t mention this, leading to speculation that they might be different from the old 3G plans. Well, as it turns out, little has changed.

As before, there is no contract to sign. Instead, you simply buy data access on a monthly basis, though you can set it up to auto-renew if you wish.

If you prefer AT&T, you can buy:

  • 250MB of data for $14.99/month,
  • 3GB of data for $30/month, or
  • 5GB of data for $50/month

If you prefer Verizon, you can buy:

  • 1GB of data for $20/month,
  • 2GB of data for $30/month, or
  • 5GB of data for $50/month

There are no overages. If you run out of data, you simply buy another block. AT&T provides e-mail warnings when you’ve reached 65%, 90%, and 100% of your data allotment, whereas Verizon provides warnings when you have 50MB and 25MB remaining.

All else being equal, Verizon looks much more attractive at the low end, whereas AT&T looks better in the mid-range. Of course, coverage in your area is also an important factor to consider. Note that your device will revert to 3G if there isn’t a 4G signal available.

Update: Looks like Verizon will support the mobile hotspot but AT&T won’t. Bummer.

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