$50 a month for 5GB data plan? How do you defend that?

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  1. clivewarren macrumors newbie

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    Im definitely getting the wifi only model. The data plans are absolutely insane on this thing. And thats not even that much data! The sad thing is that this is just where it starts. I fear for the future of data plans...i really do.
     
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    What country are you in? Because I'm sure there may be alternatives.

    Edit: Also, 5GB is a lot of data - I surf the web, check my e-mails and stream radio and I have as of yet to exceed 800MB in a month.
     
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    If you are in the US, using Netflix, Hulu+, IM etc, ABC player, ESPN, 5GB goes real quick!.
     
  6. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    I'm £15 a month for 10GB in the UK. Very fast connection too. :D
     
  7. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Sure, so find some wifi for downloading all of that.
     
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    Is that with Three?
     
  9. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Really? If you compare the iPad's data plans to the carriers' regular data plans, they're a better value.

    Verizon's iPad data plans:
    $20 = 1 GB
    $35 = 3 GB
    $50 = 5 GB
    $80 = 10GB

    ... compared to their normal "no contract" data plans:
    $50 = 1 GB
    $80 = 5 GB

    AT&T's iPad data plans:
    $15 = 250 MB
    $25 = 2 GB

    AT&T doesn't appear to offer "no contract" data plans (except for iPad):
    (below are their normal data-only plans, 2-year contract required)
    $35 = 200 MB
    $60 = 5GB
     
  10. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    Yes. Very happy with it after the initial pain of setting up the connection via their foreign call centre.
     
  11. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    The issue is that at the original $29.95/unlimited a lot of people were looking at it as their primary Internet access so they didn't have a WiFi alternative.
     
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    By foreign you dont mean english do you :D :p
     
  13. aprofetto8 macrumors regular

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    Here in Canada, Bell and Rogers offer 5 GB for $35 for the iPad.

    Whats nice is that they have an option where you can share your iPhone data with your iPad.

    Bell charges $10 for this option, and Rogers $20 (bastards).

    So for instance, if you have the 6 GB/$30 data plan for your iPhone, for an additional $10 (assuming Bell), you can have 6 GB/$40 to share between your iPhone and iPad.

    I mean, the best part of all is the fact the iPad data is month to month and requires no contract, so you can turn it off in months you won't need it. Perhaps this is why in some countries its more expensive.
     
  14. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    I'd choose a call centre in Basildon over Johannesburg/Mumbai any day. ;)
     
  15. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    I pay 25 dollars a month for unlimited 4G coverage with Sprint.

    And no, 5GB is a joke. No way that I am going for anything less than unlimited.

    Virgin mobile also offers unlimited 3G data for 40 dollars a month, but they are slow like very slow.
     
  16. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    LOL, Virgin runs on Sprint's network.

    $25 for unlimited data on Sprint is an add-on to another plan, right? You can't get a month-to-month data-only plan (like the iPads) for that little, can you?
     
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    1. You do know you don't get to download it to watch later right? streaming only...

    2. Obviously, if a person had wifi everywhere they went, they wouldn't have bought the 3G version in the first place (morer than likely anyway). And, since wifi is faster and better quality video, they would use it first.

    But hey, the reality is, sometimes you need to watch those over 3G and they can suck the data quick.

    As to the OP, i don't think the market will bear more than we are seeing price wise "right now", but tiered data plans are here to stay (again) so get used to it. You use it, you will pay for it. Period.
     
  19. Seamaster macrumors 6502a

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    So am I. I'm switching my iPhone contract to them next month.
     
  20. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    I think the $25 a month is for the iSpot from Clear?

    http://www.clear.com/spot/ispot
     
  21. unixfool macrumors 6502a

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    And this is why I went wifi with the iPad. Very easy decision. If I want to access things and I'm not near a hotspot, I can always use my iPhone.

    It's called compromise.

    You aren't going to win in this...
     
  22. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    No.
    25 dollars is with clear and it is running based on Sprint's wi-max network. 25 dollars with no contract. I got iSpot device for 29 dollars as well.
     
  23. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    these 3G plans are just not meant to be the sole form of internet access , its meant if you are somewhere where you dont have access to a hotspot or to your home wifi , so 5 gb should be enough on a business trip or on a holiday weekend to check some emails and google for the nearest restaurant or other things of interest , as thats what the iPad was meant for, the intention was never that the iPad is replacing your iMac and broadband at home
     
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    This!
     

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