Originally Posted by djransom
I didn't even know that AT&T offers contracts on the iPads.
I guess it's a new thing. Makes sense for them, especially to push people onto the new mobile share plans. If they allow tethering, and they give you $100 off to spend $240 over 2 years, they're still making $140 they wouldn't have otherwise made, and it's guaranteed since you're locked in. From an end user perspective it makes NO sense to do unless you plan to stay on your current iPad and setup for 2 years. From ATT's perspective, it's smart business. There are lots of people who live in areas where only ATT or only Verizon work, so for them to sign a contract it's not a big deal, they know they'll be with them for that time. For me I prefer to sign as little as possible to give me the flexibility to change carriers as desired. But I live in an area with 10+ different options (major, regional, pre, and post paid) to chose from.