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MacRumors
Mar 7, 2012, 02:01 PM
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Apple's online store (http://store.apple.com/) has slowed to a crawl with the traffic after the announcement of the 3rd generation iPad. Here are the data plan prices for AT&T and Verizon iPads on the 4G LTE network:

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Both AT&T and Verizon's data plans overlap in the 2GB an 5GB allotments and cost $30/mo and $50/mo respectively. Meanwhile, AT&T offers a lower end 250MB tier at $14.99/mo, while Verizon offers 10GB tier for $80/month. These are month-to-month no-contract plans like on the iPad 2.

Update: Though these plans were taken from Apple's Online Store, AT&T has gotten in touch with us and pointed out that their $30 data plan (http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/ipad.jsp) actually offers 3GB/month of data, making AT&T's $30 plan a better deal than Verizon's.

Update 2: Verizon has also reached out to remind us that the carrier offers a 1 GB plan priced at $20. It seems that Apple's site was offering some outdated or incorrect information on data plans when the store was first coming online. Apple's site is now showing the proper options, although Verizon also offers one additional plan not shown on Apple's site: 10 GB for $80.

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Article Link: iPad 4G LTE Data Plan Prices for AT&T and Verizon [Updated] (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/07/ipad-4g-lte-data-plan-prices-for-att-and-verizon/)



dave420
Mar 7, 2012, 02:04 PM
So with LTE we can hit the cap in under 15 minutes? Awesome!

macduke
Mar 7, 2012, 02:04 PM
Should be $30/mo for 3GB, not 2GB AT&T!

kylebshr
Mar 7, 2012, 02:04 PM
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Typo - $80 for 10GB

jrtc27
Mar 7, 2012, 02:05 PM
10GB for $100?! 3 UK offers 10GB for £15 (although 3G only). Talk about a rip off!

Apple Expert
Mar 7, 2012, 02:05 PM
ATT has LTE?? Oh yah in like 25 markets. :rolleyes:

Diode
Mar 7, 2012, 02:05 PM
Good to see the networks are still in bed with each other and have little incentive to lower prices.

its93rc
Mar 7, 2012, 02:06 PM
4G LTE is redundant until Data Prices lower (well for the typical customer).

quagmire
Mar 7, 2012, 02:07 PM
Yeah, iPad users are getting ripped off on AT&T. So iPhone users can have 3 GB for $30, but iPad users only get 2 GB?

SilentLoner
Mar 7, 2012, 02:07 PM
Good to see the networks are still in bed with each other and have little incentive to lower prices.

They are pretty steep, but it means I can drop my hotspot feature on the iphone

daxomni
Mar 7, 2012, 02:08 PM
You want to know what would have gotten me a LOT more fired up about "The New iPad" than a fancier display or faster processor? A cheaper and/or truly unlimited data plan and/or a lot more storage space.

utwarreng
Mar 7, 2012, 02:10 PM
$250mb for $15/month? What a ripoff. That'll take no time at all to hit on LTE speeds.

jayhawk11
Mar 7, 2012, 02:13 PM
$250mb for $15/month? What a ripoff. That'll take no time at all to hit on LTE speeds.

It would take 27 seconds to hit that at the maximum speed advertised.

Diode
Mar 7, 2012, 02:14 PM
They are pretty steep, but it means I can drop my hotspot feature on the iphone

Yea the only way I see myself getting an iPad with a radio in it is if I can share my dataplan with the iPad and not pay a premium.

I don't use my iPad enough off of wifi to justify a separate charge.

DiamondMac
Mar 7, 2012, 02:15 PM
Pathetic.

Should be criminal to continue screwing consumers to this extent

igetit
Mar 7, 2012, 02:19 PM
I wonder where does that leave people who are still grandfathered under the unlimited plan that started with the iPad 1

Frobozz
Mar 7, 2012, 02:19 PM
If I were traveling for a month and could not rely on wifi connectivity, I could see the purchase of a $30, $50, or possibly $80 tier. Again, it'd have to be some scenario where wifi wasn't reliable or present.

The nice thing is that these are month-to-month options. With my current iPad 3G, I use the baseline 250mb / mo plan as backup and I generally save money by just paying an overage. Unless I needed to view videos, I don't need the extra data.

The higher tiers would be nice for folks who maybe want to upload photos or videos without Wifi, though. Surely some of the applications for this are not consumer– could be professional or point of service.

MartyXB
Mar 7, 2012, 02:19 PM
Can one move over prior AT&T iPad plans to the new iPad like they did for the iPad 2? In particular, can one move over the $30 grandfathered unlimited plan?

drummingcraig
Mar 7, 2012, 02:21 PM
I just don't get it. Why would you even want a 250MB/month plan on an LTE connection? Seems like a waste. And the other caps seem to be so low for how fast data can purportedly be consumed.

Why not offer more realistic caps like 5/10/15GB and make the prices $35/$75/$90? Then you are actually differentiating between 3G and true 4G service.

Frobozz
Mar 7, 2012, 02:21 PM
Yeah, iPad users are getting ripped off on AT&T. So iPhone users can have 3 GB for $30, but iPad users only get 2 GB?

It seems like a rip-off, for sure. At least it's month to month, though. Meaning you can outright drop service when you don't need it. I use the vacation analogy. For maybe 10 months out of the year, you could pay $0 or a tiny $15 fee for emergencies. Then the one or two months you're away and need more 4G coverage, you pony up for $30 or $50. On average it's cheaper, you just need to be on top of things.

PDXoPDX
Mar 7, 2012, 02:23 PM
You want to know what would have gotten me a LOT more fired up about "The New iPad" than a fancier display or faster processor? A cheaper and/or truly unlimited data plan and/or a lot more storage space.

So you don't want a tablet. You'd rather have a laptop with wi-fi. I hear they come in several sizes. :rolleyes:

Frobozz
Mar 7, 2012, 02:23 PM
I just don't get it. Why would you even want a 250MB/month plan on an LTE connection? Seems like a waste. And the other caps seem to be so low for how fast data can purportedly be consumed.

Why not offer more realistic caps like 5/10/15GB and make the prices $35/$75/$90? Then you are actually differentiating between 3G and true 4G service.

I exclusively use the $15 / 250mb plan on my iPad 1 3G. Why wouldn't I want more speed browsing websites and getting email? I'm not going to pay $35 to watch a video over 4G--- $5 to rent the video and $30 for the data plan. That's nuts.

drummingcraig
Mar 7, 2012, 02:24 PM
I wonder where does that leave people who are still grandfathered under the unlimited plan that started with the iPad 1

I am sure it leaves them S.O.L. if they want to have the LTE connection.

DiamondMac
Mar 7, 2012, 02:24 PM
I just don't get it. Why would you even want a 250MB/month plan on an LTE connection? Seems like a waste. And the other caps seem to be so low for how fast data can purportedly be consumed.

Why not offer more realistic caps like 5/10/15GB and make the prices $35/$75/$90? Then you are actually differentiating between 3G and true 4G service.

Because AT&T and Verizon want as many people as possible to hit their caps. Means their plans start over quicker (date wise) or they pay overages (not sure how the other networks do it penalty wise).

Why would either raise the data caps when consumers have little to no other options?

I travel a good bit and need LTE. I don't watch movies but use my iPad for work information and research. I have hit 2gb's in the past without video streaming at all.

It is an absolute joke that the ISP's put such a low amount when it is done for ZERO REASON other than wanting to get the ISP's as rich as possible

drummingcraig
Mar 7, 2012, 02:30 PM
I exclusively use the $15 / 250mb plan on my iPad 1 3G. Why wouldn't I want more speed browsing websites and getting email? I'm not going to pay $35 to watch a video over 4G--- $5 to rent the video and $30 for the data plan. That's nuts.

I understand the 250MB option on the 3G devices. And I understand the desire to download emails/webpages quicker. But just seems odd that they wouldn't differentiate more between the two levels (3g vs. 4g).

Because AT&T and Verizon want as many people as possible to hit their caps. Means their plans start over quicker (date wise) or they pay overages (not sure how the other networks do it penalty wise).

Why would either raise the data caps when consumers have little to no other options?

I travel a good bit and need LTE. I don't watch movies but use my iPad for work information and research. I have hit 2gb's in the past without video streaming at all.

It is an absolute joke that the ISP's put such a low amount when it is done for ZERO REASON other than wanting to get the ISP's as rich as possible

Gotta wonder what will be the tipping point and when will it come?

glap1922
Mar 7, 2012, 02:32 PM
Gotta wonder what will be the tipping point and when will it come?

Probably when people stop paying for the data plans. They charge what they do because people will pay it. Why charge $10 for something if you know you can get $20?

KyleC
Mar 7, 2012, 02:33 PM
AT&T currently offers 3gb for $30, I guess they are raising prices. http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/ipad.jsp

astrostu
Mar 7, 2012, 02:35 PM
The lack of a base 1GB or 500MB option on VZW is obnoxious to me -- VZW's website on tablet prices states a 1GB option for $20 vs AT&T's 250MB for $15 ... guess the iPad isn't considered a "tablet" to them.

kdog005
Mar 7, 2012, 02:36 PM
So with LTE we can hit the cap in under 15 minutes? Awesome!

The speed at which you're downloading doesn't change the amount you're downloading...this statement is ignorant.

Interesting to see a $10 increase in price for Verizon

yashrg
Mar 7, 2012, 02:37 PM
So with LTE we can hit the cap in under 15 minutes? Awesome!

considering you are talking about the 5GB plan, it is $50 for 15 minutes of usage.

jplevine
Mar 7, 2012, 02:37 PM
Are there charges on top of this to use an iPad as a hotspot/tethering device?

dave420
Mar 7, 2012, 02:46 PM
The speed at which you're downloading doesn't change the amount you're downloading...this statement is ignorant.

Interesting to see a $10 increase in price for Verizon

Ok, so I download and purchase a couple movies from iTunes (maybe downloading on another device using the hotspot feature to get around cellular data limits). Cap used in 15 minutes. How is my statement ignorant?

djharris
Mar 7, 2012, 02:50 PM
Did anybody see the tech specs page?

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

The Verizon model includes ALL of the frequencies on the AT&T model, and adds CDMA.

This is ridiculous, I don't see any technical reason why they couldn't have just one LTE (and 3G) model to support both carriers without having to choose at purchase time and having it locked to only that carrier.

Edit: Apparently the AT&T model adds 2100 Mhz for LTE. Darn, I still think they should have made one model that can handle both.

daxomni
Mar 7, 2012, 02:58 PM
So you don't want a tablet. You'd rather have a laptop with wi-fi. I hear they come in several sizes. :rolleyes:
Did you even bother to read the post you quoted? Or did you simply paste-in a canned response without bothering to check what you were replying to?

amin
Mar 7, 2012, 03:09 PM
Good to see the networks are still in bed with each other and have little incentive to lower prices.

Yep, these plans seem grossly overpriced. It would be much fairer to offer a flat rate plan, eg $10/GB/month.

bad03xtreme
Mar 7, 2012, 03:09 PM
Gotta wonder what will be the tipping point and when will it come?

When people stop paying it.

ironpony
Mar 7, 2012, 03:19 PM
How many movies can I download for the 3GB plan before reaching the $10 per GB overage charge?

DiamondMac
Mar 7, 2012, 03:28 PM
When people stop paying it.

Which won't happen in todays ever growing internet/tablet world

AT&T and Verizon do this strictly for money yet cry about how much data is hurting them...oh, but they can handle the load if you pay more :rolleyes:

dave420
Mar 7, 2012, 03:28 PM
How many movies can I download for the 3GB plan before reaching the $10 per GB overage charge?

Not very many. Maybe 1 from iTunes? I think with AT&T there aren't any overage charges. It just charges you another $30 and your one month 3GB plan restarts.

glap1922
Mar 7, 2012, 03:38 PM
Which won't happen in todays ever growing internet/tablet world

AT&T and Verizon do this strictly for money yet cry about how much data is hurting them...oh, but they can handle the load if you pay more :rolleyes:

If people are paying for it then they aren't overcharging. If someone is willing to pay X for something, you don't charge 1/2 of X.

DiamondMac
Mar 7, 2012, 03:42 PM
If people are paying for it then they aren't overcharging.

Sounds great in theory of "Yeah for Capitalism" except many don't have options for their internet....such as myself.

I only have one internet provider in my area. I would love to go elsewhere but I can't....and internet at my house is a must due to the work that I do.

Considering how ISP's love to craft legislation and/or write the legislation to kill competition, there is no need to play stupid and act as if the price they set can't be considered over-charging

nukepicnic
Mar 7, 2012, 04:06 PM
Have not seen this info anywhere as of yet...

devinci99
Mar 7, 2012, 05:00 PM
Anyone knows yet of unlimited users get grandfathered into 4G plans as unlimited?

erandall38
Mar 7, 2012, 05:09 PM
Are At&t and Verizon 4G LTE speeds equal?

If you do not have 4G network where you are at.. does it automatically default down to 3g so you still have service?

I see people mentioning 4G will eat up your data usage faster? This doesn't make sense to me. If you are going to download 10 songs. It will use the same amount of data rather it is 3G or 4G, 4G will just do it quicker. Correct?

MartyXB
Mar 7, 2012, 05:19 PM
Are At&t and Verizon 4G LTE speeds equal?

If you do not have 4G network where you are at.. does it automatically default down to 3g so you still have service?

I see people mentioning 4G will eat up your data usage faster? This doesn't make sense to me. If you are going to download 10 songs. It will use the same amount of data rather it is 3G or 4G, 4G will just do it quicker. Correct?

If I am browsing the web during my train ride to and from work and with 4G the web pages come up quicker, I will probably use more data because I will probably visit more web sites. That in and of itself should not cause you problems. As an example, I have an iPad 1 with unlimited data yet I have been using 1-2 GB/month on average.

nukepicnic
Mar 7, 2012, 05:43 PM
Have not seen this info anywhere as of yet...

Are AT&T andVerizon both gonna support wifi hotspot?

Bump

erandall38
Mar 7, 2012, 05:46 PM
If I am browsing the web during my train ride to and from work and with 4G the web pages come up quicker, I will probably use more data because I will probably visit more web sites. That in and of itself should not cause you problems. As an example, I have an iPad 1 with unlimited data yet I have been using 1-2 GB/month on average.


Ah, now I see. Ya doubt that will effect my data usage as much. The first iPad I had was not used as a boredom tool... as in just killing time by visiting website.

I typically have a certain amount of work to get done, use the iPad to do it, and finish.

Just placed my order. Thanks for the response.

twoodcc
Mar 7, 2012, 06:05 PM
at least they didn't increase. i just hope i get LTE in my house!

BC2009
Mar 7, 2012, 06:39 PM
So Verizon must be loving that typo on Apple's website. Anybody looking at the plans will think they are comparable by price. Surely Verizon has better 4G LTE coverage, but many don't know that. If they were to see that AT&T gave you an extra GB for the same price they would likely choose AT&T.

Other thing of note: Verizon previously offered 1GB for $20 and 3GB for $35. This has changed quite a bit.

I sure hope that my $30 to Verizon will include the tethering option. The keynote presentation said "if your carrier supports it" or something to that effect. Have the carriers indicated whether or not they support it?

jettoblack
Mar 7, 2012, 06:39 PM
There seems to be no info yet as to which of the Verizon & AT&T plans, if any, include personal hotspot (aka tethering).

I contacted Apple, Verizon and AT&T and so far nobody seems to know yet. Would be good to get an official word on this.

John.B
Mar 7, 2012, 06:53 PM
Are AT&T andVerizon both gonna support wifi hotspot?

Still waiting on an answer to this to decide which 4G wireless company to get saddled with...

jpoprock
Mar 7, 2012, 06:58 PM
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I have a contact at the VZW store who said that VZW was really ramping up their 4GLTE coverage map quickly. I laughed, but she said that soon most areas that are 3G will be 4GLTE. I still laughed. It's strictly big cities and heavily populated areas. The rest of the 75% of the coverage map will be lucky to see 4GLTE by mid 2013 I bet.

However, back in Jan when the Ipad 3 was still but a guess, she did say VZW was going to switch to a Family Data plan price because too many people are jumping ship because everyone in the house now has a Smartphone, and $30 per phone doesn't cut it. So they were going to tweak the Family Share plan so that $120 of your phone bill wasn't just for owning a smart phone. I wouldn't get my kids smartphones at that price, that's foe sure! Dad's getting his first! Then mom...the kids can rot befirebefore I pay an additional $60.

She also said that since Wifi was everywhere, and people don't buy a lot of tablets with the data plan, VZW was going to offer a "buy what you need" option. Pay the $30 the first month, but then after that if you didn't anticipate needing wireless coverage for a few months, then u pay nothing. Going somewhere in July? Then add it June to pay for July (you pay a month ahead with VZW...and I'm sure you do with the others). So,having that option would make it totally worth it. Otherwise,people

cschmelz
Mar 7, 2012, 07:01 PM
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I have a contact at the VZW store who said that VZW was really ramping up their 4GLTE coverage map quickly. I laughed, but she said that soon most areas that are 3G will be 4GLTE. I still laughed. It's strictly big cities and heavily populated areas. The rest of the 75% of the coverage map will be lucky to see 4GLTE by mid 2013 I bet.



I had debated getting a Verizon iPad this round because I already have an AT&T iPhone 4S and it seemed to makes sense to have 1 of each, so I always had SOME sort of connection in non-AT&T locations but truthfully I don't travel much where there aren't AT&T connections available and I live in the 'rural' parts of Washington State. We aren't going to see LTE until 2014 or 2015 at the earliest (we still have a lot of EDGE!) so it made sense to stick with AT&T where we have (with iOS 5.1) pseudo-4G service aka fast 3G available NOW with AT&T.

fruitpunch.ben
Mar 7, 2012, 07:03 PM
Did anybody see the tech specs page?

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

The Verizon model includes ALL of the frequencies on the AT&T model, and adds CDMA.

This is ridiculous, I don't see any technical reason why they couldn't have just one LTE (and 3G) model to support both carriers without having to choose at purchase time and having it locked to only that carrier.

Edit: Apparently the AT&T model adds 2100 Mhz for LTE. Darn, I still think they should have made one model that can handle both.

They will, when the chip comes out 3Q 2012 that allows them to do that. Right now, they would have to add an extra chip which would decrease battery life which is one of Apple's top priorities

jpoprock
Mar 7, 2012, 07:06 PM
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Oops...otherwise people are less likely to purchace a cellular network enabled tablet, plus a phone, plus home internetinternet, etc. If the Ipad could realistically replace my phone? Then sure. But its not convenient to carry a backpack around when you can put your phone in your pocket.

The Ipad having Voice Dictation ....I think this is Apple's way of trying to get people to use the Ipad 3 as their ONLY portable mobile device.

That may be what the rumored 7" will target. When they release that this summer, they'll kill off the 16gb Ipad line, and introduce a 128gig Ipad 3. Or they'll wait till next year and bust out the 128gb unit with the A6 Quad core/GPU.

Jason

jrfive0
Mar 7, 2012, 07:15 PM
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I just saw a verizon commercial promoting 4gb for $30 a month...anyone else see that ???

Tortri
Mar 7, 2012, 07:20 PM
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I just saw a verizon commercial promoting 4gb for $30 a month...anyone else see that ???

I just got off the phone with Verizon and one of the questions was the Double Your Data plan and he said that only applies to new smartphones.

iBug2
Mar 7, 2012, 07:22 PM
Do both these models work in LTE networks in Europe with sim cards for example? Because all the EU models of the iPad 3 have only one LTE model. So it seems only the US models need configuration for the network due to not using GSM. But does it mean that both the US models will work on Europe LTE networks with a sim? Or should one buy the EU models for that?

felixroqu3
Mar 7, 2012, 07:33 PM
Is it really worth getting a 4G iPad if you really aren't on the go? And do you need to pay more money if you use it internationally?

nukepicnic
Mar 7, 2012, 07:47 PM
Here's a partial answer to my question:

Verizon WILL be wifi hotspot capable AND that is included in the data prices...

No word on AT&T yet.

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/03/07/mobile-hotspot-included-in-verizons-ipad-4g-lte-data-plan/

MartyXB
Mar 7, 2012, 07:50 PM
Surely Verizon has better 4G LTE coverage, but many don't know that.

Too general of a statement. What matters is where you use the iPad the most. Again, just by looking at the online maps, AT&T has wider local coverage for the New York City vicinity. So unless the maps lie, if you stay primarily in the metro New York City area you would be better off with AT&T.

kuaiyouming
Mar 7, 2012, 10:07 PM
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MS2083
Mar 7, 2012, 10:43 PM
was finally able to process my Pre-Order Purchase at 1:58pm earlier today! Got the White 32GB Wifi Only... There's like 3 Starbucks locations that are 5 minutes from my house, and you have Free Wifi there! Super Fast T1 Connection Free Wifi at the State University, and Wifi at the house! doesn't make sense paying extra for the 4G LTE unless you will be traveling frequently...

erandall38
Mar 7, 2012, 11:23 PM
was finally able to process my Pre-Order Purchase at 1:58pm earlier today! Got the White 32GB Wifi Only... There's like 3 Starbucks locations that are 5 minutes from my house, and you have Free Wifi there! Super Fast T1 Connection Free Wifi at the State University, and Wifi at the house! doesn't make sense paying extra for the 4G LTE unless you will be traveling frequently...

I travel a decent amount. I have about 6 vacations this year and I fly to every 49er home game (big Niner fan and season ticket holder). Even in these situations wifi is pretty rampant. Airports, airplanes, hotels, stadiums, etc all have wifi. Some free, some with small fees.

BUT, that being said.. I still got the 4G. Two reasons. I would like to have the option while in the car (I think some cars are coming with wifi now). I live across the street from the beach and try to go a few times a week. No wifi there... hopefully this will change one day. But those two are enough to get the 4g for me. I'm sure others have at least 2 examples that make the price bump worth it to them.

TyleRomeo
Mar 8, 2012, 07:33 AM
It would take 9 seconds to hit that the maximum speed advertised.

Learn the difference between MBps and Mbps; so not quite 9 seconds but if looking at video this might not be the best plan.

MartyXB
Mar 8, 2012, 07:59 AM
I'm sure others have at least 2 examples that make the price bump worth it to them.

In the iPad 1 days the 3G version had a major compelling reason for the price bump - GPS. Only the 3G version came with this option. I use my iPad as my car navigator and I can' tell you how many times I would use my iPad and Google Maps to show me where I am and what is nearby.

erandall38
Mar 8, 2012, 10:01 AM
In the iPad 1 days the 3G version had a major compelling reason for the price bump - GPS. Only the 3G version came with this option. I use my iPad as my car navigator and I can' tell you how many times I would use my iPad and Google Maps to show me where I am and what is nearby.

I've seen people install them in their car. So it basically becomes a touch screen car NAV. You could pop it right out and it looked like it was made from the manufacturer.

jayhawk11
Mar 8, 2012, 11:03 AM
Learn the difference between MBps and Mbps; so not quite 9 seconds but if looking at video this might not be the best plan.

Derp. Fixed.

MartyXB
Mar 8, 2012, 12:53 PM
I've seen people install them in their car. So it basically becomes a touch screen car NAV. You could pop it right out and it looked like it was made from the manufacturer.

What I did was very simple. I took two of those GPS stick on disks and put them on my dash, one on top of another. I then took a string, tied the ends together ran the looped string around the GPS disks and simply hung, like you would hang laundry, the iPad from it. Voila, a car mount for the iPad where the iPad is hanging from your dash, leaning against in my case my radio, which I dont need since I connect a cable from the iPad's headphone jack to the aux in port of the radio, and stream Pandora (or play my music) while my navigation app is running. All sound is funneled through my car speakers.

nukepicnic
Mar 8, 2012, 01:56 PM
After reading this over, it's plain to me that Verizon is the way to go in my case...

And YES Verizon offers Mobile Hotspot, AT&T does not...

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/03/07/ipad-att-4g-lte-vs-verizon-4g-lte/

BC2009
Mar 8, 2012, 01:58 PM
Too general of a statement. What matters is where you use the iPad the most. Again, just by looking at the online maps, AT&T has wider local coverage for the New York City vicinity. So unless the maps lie, if you stay primarily in the metro New York City area you would be better off with AT&T.

True.... I suppose I am looking from my perspective of only buying the data plan when I am traveling. I stick with AT&T on my iPhone because my home-town AT&T 3G coverage is great and its faster than Verizon's CDMA. However, when traveling I use the iPad as my way to access the web and I found when I had an AT&T iPad, that having the data plan was often useless (even in NYC -- but this was before their NYC upgrades).

As far as LTE coverage goes, I'd like to know I have a higher shot of having coverage when traveling so Verizon is what I chose for iPad 2 and "The New iPad". Now that Verizon is also gonna give tethering on all plans and they have confirmed the 1GB for $20 remains, I am completely ecstatic.

gnasher729
Mar 9, 2012, 06:12 AM
I just don't get it. Why would you even want a 250MB/month plan on an LTE connection? Seems like a waste. And the other caps seem to be so low for how fast data can purportedly be consumed.

Why not offer more realistic caps like 5/10/15GB and make the prices $35/$75/$90? Then you are actually differentiating between 3G and true 4G service.

Look at it the other way round. You have been using an iPad 2 with 250MB/month plan quite happily. Now you replace it with a new iPad because of the retina display. You are not using more data than before. The only difference is that the few times that you do use the phone connection instead of WiFi, it is really quick.

What you are saying is like managing for the first time in your life to get a taxi in London without getting stuck in a traffic jam, and then complaining that the price per hour is much higher. Or that you only got 10 minutes driving time for your money instead of the usual two hours.

charlituna
Mar 9, 2012, 09:02 AM
Should be $30/mo for 3GB, not 2GB AT&T!

And I believe the 250MB was bumped to 300MB

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I wonder where does that leave people who are still grandfathered under the unlimited plan that started with the iPad 1

Supposedly that will continue however don't be shocked if ATT doesn't allow you to use your iPad as a hotspot under those plans (same as they did with the phone tethering) and if within 3 months they are throttling you for going over 30GB in a month