iPad cheaper than most 3G netbooks + Contract

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  1. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    iPad: $629 for 3G model + $30 a month = $1349 over two years. Bare in mind there is no contract, you can cancel any time.

    AT&T HP Mini: $199 + $60 monthly = $1639 2 year contract

    AT&T Acer: $149 + $60 = $1589 2 year contract

    Verizon HP Mini: $99 + $60 = $1539 2 year contract

    Sprint any: $0.99 + $60 = $1440 2 year contract
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    An unlocked 3G USB stick is $100. That and a $300 netbook is substantially cheaper than even the cheapest iPad.
     
  3. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    How much is the monthly service charge?
     
  4. samcraig macrumors P6

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    http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobile-broadband

    And no contract. Granted - not unlimited in data - but for many the $20 a month is plenty. $5 more than ATT for the ipad. But total cost of ownership is a tad less I think with the netbook.

    But really - who cares either way. If you want a netbook, get one. If you want an iPad get one.


    PRICE1 EXPIRES MEGABYTES USE IT FOR2
    $10 10 Days 100 MB 5 hrs Web Browsing Or 25 minutes
    Video Or 10,000 Emails
    $20 30 Days 250 MB 12 hrs Web Browsing Or 1 hour Video
    Or 25,000 Emails
    $40 30 Days 600 MB 30 hrs Web Browsing Or 2 1/2 hours
    Video Or 60,000 Emails
    $60 30 Days 1 GB 50 hrs Web Browsing Or 4 hours Video
    Or 100,000 Emails
     
  5. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    Doesn't really compete with ATT's deal.
     
  6. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    So you save about $120 on the netbook + dongle with the 250 MB plan over two years. But the iPad is $500 cheaper if you are going to use more than 600 MB per month.
     
  7. samcraig macrumors P6

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    I wasn't arguing for or against. Ultimately - it's up to the user to decide what's best for them based on usage. Do they want a netbook and all it offers. Do they want an iPad. How much data do they intend on using. At least there are options!
     
  8. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Either was I. And I actually think the scale will tilt rather quickly towards netbooks as the networks respond to AT&T iPad data plan. I doubt the service price advantage will last very long.

    As you said, whether you want an iPad or a netbook is going to be a much more important factor than the service cost over two years.
     
  9. samcraig macrumors P6

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    One might consider in the "plus" category that by going with a netbook/pre-paid 3G card that you aren't tied to one device with access. You can move the 3G card to any computer/notebook/netbook at whim.
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Or tether it to your cell phone, if you wish.
     
  11. cmaier macrumors G3

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    Maybe. Apple has the advantage of being able to prevent "data hogging" apps from being run. The $30 plan may have been extracted by promising to continue their (annoying) policy of preventing software from running on the iPad if it is likely to cause "too much" data use.

    In short it's a lot easier to slurp up bytes with a netbook than with an iPad.
     

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