How does the iPad data plan work?

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  1. mloffa macrumors 6502a

    mloffa

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    So I tried googling it but I get ancient results from when the unlimited plan was still offered. Here's my situation:
    I have an iPhone 4 w/ 2gb data plan.
    I was originally interested in the wifi version of the iPad but now I kind of want the 3G version for when I'm in a car or something.

    Thing is, I'm 17 years old.
    Is there a Way to get the iPad without a contract and just pay for 3G only when u need it?
    Or, should I just jailbreak my iPhone 4 and tether?

    Thanks.
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    it will work the same as before.

    No contract and 2 plans to choose from, once your data has been used up (or at the end of 30 days, whichever comes first), you can either pay for more or just continue to use it on WiFi.

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/3g/
     
  3. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    iPad 3G is non contract. Just need a credit card. Service defaults to auto-renew monthly, and can cancel at anytime.

    I had unlimited, and canceled because I ended up rarely using it. It's nice to have, because certainly can't enable 3g on a wifi model. But in reality I'll be tethering my iPad 2 this time around.
     
  4. mloffa thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So me being 17 wouldn't make a differnence when buying it then?

    Still not sure if I want to go 3G or not, though.

    Anyone know if the plastic(?) on the back of the 3G iPad will still be black even with a white iPad?
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Yes, I believe that the plastic will be black regardless of the color of the bezel.
     

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  6. zemzabob macrumors regular

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    Yes it's still black.
     
  7. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it is black on all 3g models.

    Age does not matter when you buy it. It is not like a phone as you are not signing a contract for the 3g model. All you will need is a credit/debit card to enable 3g from the iPad.
     
  8. saving107 macrumors 603

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    -as long as you have a debit/credit card, their is no age restriction when buying or using the 3G version.

    -The plastic cover on the back will still be black regardless of which color model you purchase.
     
  9. dave006 Contributor

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    Actually there are two different types of AT&T Data plans for iPads.

    The new postpaid option: You can get an AT&T DataConnect Personal Plan or DataConnect Enterprise Plan by calling Customer Service at 1-800-331-0500 or visiting an AT&T retail store. Customers who purchase an iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G from the AT&T Web site will be able to add a postpaid wireless data plan to their order by calling 888-333-6651.

    Note: Eligibility for postpaid data service plan based on credit check. A deposit may be required for service activation. Data overage charges apply.

    Prepaid Option: You can also sign up for and manage prepaid data plans directly from your iPad. To activate prepaid data plans, from the iPad Home screen, select Settings > Cellular Data > Cellular Data Plan. If you would like to add or replenish your prepaid data plan from a computer (off device), you can visit att.com/ipadlanding

    Dave
     
  10. JForestZ34 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if his service is in his name or probably under his parents being he is still 17.. I would think he has two options... 1. Just do the pre-paid way and have at it, or 2. if you have the service under your name they will most likely let you add it to your account...


    James
     

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