iPad Data Question.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Lightey, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Lightey macrumors regular

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    I called AT&T about their pre-paid plans and they said even if I don't use 3G for an entire month I'm still charged. Since post-paid plans are paid after the data is used, if I don't use 3G for a month, they won't charge me, right?
     
  2. Ebes1099 macrumors member

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    Wrong. You buy a block of data either way, pre-paid or post-paid. The difference is just if you go over the allotted data, it's cheaper on the post-paid plan to buy extra data.

    Similar to a cell phone plan, you buy 500 minutes, you get charged whether you make no calls or 500 minutes worth of calls. (Just so I don't confuse you though, data plans don't rollover unused data like cell phone minutes)
     
  3. Lightey thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. BobbieM629 macrumors regular

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    Yes, you are buying time (data) and paying for it whether it is used or not. For this reason I am post paid. I buy the cheap package $14.99 and only have went over a couple times, however, when I go over I can call in and change the plan or add time and it's not as costly. Most times I am within my allotted amount, which is why I take the smaller plan, not the 2GB plan.

    Its a service just like cable. You don't pay for cable only when you turn the box on right?
     
  5. MarkG21 macrumors regular

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    Interesting, So if I buy the 250 plan (pospaid) and I see that I'm getting close, I can choose to upgrade to 2GB for the $10 extra? Essentially the same as the data on the iphone, correct?
     

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