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iPad 4G LTE Data Plan Prices for AT&T and Verizon [Updated]

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 7, 2012.

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    Apple's online store 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:


    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 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 It seems that Apple's site was offering some outdated or incorrect information on data plans when the store was first coming online.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.


    Article Link: iPad 4G LTE Data Plan Prices for AT&T and Verizon [Updated]
  2. macrumors 65816

    So with LTE we can hit the cap in under 15 minutes? Awesome!
  3. macrumors 68040


    Should be $30/mo for 3GB, not 2GB AT&T!
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    Typo - $80 for 10GB
  5. macrumors newbie


    10GB for $100?! 3 UK offers 10GB for £15 (although 3G only). Talk about a rip off!
  6. macrumors 65816

    ATT has LTE?? Oh yah in like 25 markets. :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors 68020


    Good to see the networks are still in bed with each other and have little incentive to lower prices.
  8. macrumors regular

    4G LTE is redundant until Data Prices lower (well for the typical customer).
  9. macrumors 603


    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?
  10. macrumors 65816


    They are pretty steep, but it means I can drop my hotspot feature on the iphone
  11. macrumors 6502

    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.
  12. macrumors 6502

    $250mb for $15/month? What a ripoff. That'll take no time at all to hit on LTE speeds.
  13. jayhawk11, Mar 7, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    It would take 27 seconds to hit that at the maximum speed advertised.
  14. macrumors 68020


    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.
  15. macrumors 68040



    Should be criminal to continue screwing consumers to this extent
  16. macrumors member


    I wonder where does that leave people who are still grandfathered under the unlimited plan that started with the iPad 1
  17. macrumors 65816


    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.
  18. macrumors member

    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?
  19. macrumors 6502a



    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.
  20. macrumors 65816


    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.
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    So you don't want a tablet. You'd rather have a laptop with wi-fi. I hear they come in several sizes. :rolleyes:
  22. macrumors 65816


    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.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    I am sure it leaves them S.O.L. if they want to have the LTE connection.
  24. macrumors 68040


    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
  25. macrumors 6502a


    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).

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

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