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AT&T's no-contract iPad data plans run $15/mo. 250MB, $30 unlimited

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Apple revealed it will remain a partner with AT&T for its iPad data plans, with the U.S. wireless carrier offering 250MB of data for $14.99 per month, and an unlimited plan for $30 -- both without an annual contract.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said there are no international plans to reveal yet, but the company hopes to have them in place by the June-July timeframe. The device will come unlocked and will use GSM micro-SIM cards.

"We'll be back this summer with some even better deals for our customers internationally," he said.

Typically, he noted, cell phone companies charge $60 per month for their mobile data plans.

"We think we've got a real breakthrough here," Jobs said.

Jobs said the $14.99 250MB data plan is a "fair bit of data" that most people will "get by on." Both it and the $29.99 unlimited plan come with free access to AT&T's nationwide Wi-Fi hotspots.

"They have more Wi-Fi hotspots than anyone," Jobs said.

As a contract-free purchase, users can buy a 3G-enabled version of the iPad starting at $629. The AT&T network access can be purchased -- or canceled -- at any time directly from the iPad.

"We think it's a phenomenal offer," Jobs said.
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Terrible. This from the company that believed in choice. Take off the blue jeans and put on a suit.
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I like it

Good Pricing and Excellent AT&T Service !

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post #4 of 118
That's my guess on how they're positioning it as only costing $30 a month, but maybe the $130 additional cost somehow covers that.
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And Verizon still has no users of its extensive 3G network, but this does provide the opportunity to expand their coverage into the vast ocean areas. There's an ark for that!
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Terrible. This from the company that believed in choice. Take off the blue jeans and put on a suit.

Unlocked means you can sign a contract with anyone...
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Originally Posted by Jerseymac View Post

Terrible. This from the company that believed in choice. Take off the blue jeans and put on a suit.

Comes unlocked. Just put whatever SIM card you want in it and you're connected. Couldn't be easier.

(Oh and I think its just a regular SIM, not micro sim like this article claims)
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The real question is - can you use your existing data plan along with the iPad, or does it require a separate purchase? (i.e., can you get a duplicate microSIM card from AT&T for your existing iPhone account).

My guess - NO.
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It sounds like it is just a streamlined model for the data service. Whatever way you slice it that is a KILLER deal for data service. I highly doubt Verizon would have been willing to go that low...just look at their trends with their ETF's to cover "network costs". While it is only one carrier I think the consumer still wins here with no-contract data at half the price you would normally pay.
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Hahah, yes yes yes! I told you guys. Verizon is no where near Apple now. I believe this is the wiesist choice, and smartest. This is obviously a clue that iPhone isn't coming to Verizon! Happy birthcrap for you Verizon fan boys!! you can go suck it. And congratulations Apple, you now have my blessing!
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Terrible. This from the company that believed in choice. Take off the blue jeans and put on a suit.

Well, you have a choice. You can buy the WiFi version and use it with Verizon MiFi or Palm Pre or Pixi, which can act as a wifi hotspot for $40/month.
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If this tablet uses the sim card, can't i just take mine out of my iphone, pop it in tablet, and presto blamo, internet for no extra cost? This could be awesome!
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Face it, Verizon fans, Apple is not going to create a CDMA device...ever. They are global.

I like the new data plans....much cheaper than competition....no contracts.


Nice deal.
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Face it, Verizon fans, Apple is not going to create a CDMA device...ever. They are global.

I like the new data plans....much cheaper than competition....no contracts.


Nice deal.

we'll see about that. AT&T = FAIL
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If this tablet uses the sim card, can't i just take mine out of my iphone, pop it in tablet, and presto blamo, internet for no extra cost? This could be awesome!

I am guessing the same..


But apple is about easy choices .. and I am sure this is why they stayed with ATT to make it easy for the vast amount of current users..
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What if I live somewhere where there is no 3G will it run Edge then?
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And Verizon still has no users of its extensive 3G network, but this does provide the opportunity to expand their coverage into the vast ocean areas. There's an ark for that!

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post #18 of 118
Unlimited data plans are a huge mistake for AT&T; too many people not enough resources. It was for the iPhone and now it'll be even worse with the iPad. Interestingly though is that AT&T is considering quota limits on their network.. Will this extend to the iPhone? If Apple gets Verizon (who surely will demand quotas on their network)I bet it's in the future for AT&T.
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I am guessing the same..


But apple is about easy choices .. and I am sure this is why they stayed with ATT to make it easy for the vast amount of current users..

Sure, that's why ALMOST all of French, British and German networks now have the iPhone!
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The AT&T network access can be purchased -- or canceled -- at any time directly from the iPad.

It would be really cool if this were pro-rated. If you could just pay for service on the days you're using it, that would actually be a pretty good deal.
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At least there's a wifi-only version. I see it as an around the house or school tool - where wifi is generally available. Still have the iphone for on-the-go connectivity.
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Originally Posted by iancass79 View Post

If this tablet uses the sim card, can't i just take mine out of my iphone, pop it in tablet, and presto blamo, internet for no extra cost? This could be awesome!

...as in you phone...sorry;-)
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The real question is - can you use your existing data plan along with the iPad, or does it require a separate purchase? (i.e., can you get a duplicate microSIM card from AT&T for your existing iPhone account).

My guess - NO.

Definite NO on this one.

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If this tablet uses the sim card, can't i just take mine out of my iphone, pop it in tablet, and presto blamo, internet for no extra cost? This could be awesome!

That is an interesting question...
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Face it, Verizon fans, Apple is not going to create a CDMA device...ever. They are global.

I like the new data plans....much cheaper than competition....no contracts.


Nice deal.

I CAN'T WAIT FOR AT&T's NETWORK TO BUCKLE FURTHER AND FALL APART!!! Now that the Pre and Pixi & a ton of Android phone are coming, I will be enjoying my Big Red contract even more. I love Apple. I have a MBP. But I had AT&T and I HATED them. HATED! I switched to the Big Red 5 years ago and haven't regretted it since!
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Unlocked means you can sign a contract with anyone...

I'm thinking this could be great for people who need to monitor mission critical systems. Just get a cheap data plan on iPad and you are connected from everywhere. Only problem is getting notifications. Most systems can setup email notifications relatively easily. You could use MailSpeaking.com to convert email alerts to cell phone alerts.
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...as in you phone...sorry;-)

The specs on apple http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/ don't seem to specify another other than a SIM card tray, so looks to me like it would be the same thing still - so same SIM card.


Input and Output

* Dock connector
* 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
* Built-in speakers
* Microphone
* SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)
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Wll use my Verizon mifi and iphone remote desktop app to make this little device worth the buying price! Hopefully log into Mac or Windows home machine to do any app work using a 1.5 lb device..
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As an iPhone user, should I really have to pay another $30 for an additional device. This is getting ridiculous. I already pay AT&T for internet at home and on my iPhone. Now I have to pay another $30 a month for the iPad?

I order for people to afford buying these gadgets, there needs to be one plan for all you internet connected devices. Period.
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Will the $30 a month unlimited data be available worldwide? I'm just wondering because here in Canada we have no unlimited.
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This will be perfect for those using Google Voice or Skype. I'm excited!
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The data pricing is interesting because there isn't a contract. I can imagine that many people are close to WiFi in the office or at home but may activate 3G for a trip out of town or vacation. Then you can cancel the 3G until your next trip. No contracts = good.

I wonder how international data roaming will be handled?
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ABOUT THE SIM CARD FROM PHONE FOR TABLET

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Definite NO on this one.



That is an interesting question...

This can already be done with wireless cards on ATT. just take out sim card and put in wireless card for laptop. I haven't done it personally but I have a buddy that says he does it all of the time.

I am just curious if apple already thought of this and disabled it for ATT
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As an iPhone user, should I really have to pay another $30 for an additional device. This is getting ridiculous. I already pay AT&T for internet at home and on my iPhone. Now I have to pay another $30 a month for the iPad?

I order for people to afford buying these gadgets, there needs to be one plan for all you internet connected devices. Period.


which wireless carrier gives you free data on another device even if you have a smartphone data plan?
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Hahah, yes yes yes! I told you guys. Verizon is no where near Apple now. I believe this is the wiesist choice, and smartest. This is obviously a clue that iPhone isn't coming to Verizon! Happy birthcrap for you Verizon fan boys!! you can go suck it. And congratulations Apple, you now have my blessing!

I wouldn't think a vastly new category hardware product would have to share it's day to shine with Steve saying oh, 'Verizon on the iPhone this June'... I for one never trusted that rumor.

So, if any iPhone announcements are to be made... new model, new pricing, new phone carriers, new phone rates, etc... I think would be on its own day, which usually has been around the anniversary of the first iPhone launch.

So Verizon people still have hope...

However, this T-Mobil person will be awaiting for some hopefully good news around the June/July timeframe...

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post #35 of 118
This isn't a bad offer - in fact it's pretty good as far as "3G Modem Data Plan" pricing goes. Only disappointment is that I can't pop in my iPhone SIM and use it for phone calls.
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This isn't a bad offer - in fact it's pretty good as far as "3G Modem Data Plan" pricing goes. Only disappointment is that I can't pop in my iPhone SIM and use it for phone calls.

So no to Skype or Google phone app?

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Hahah, yes yes yes! I told you guys. Verizon is no where near Apple now. I believe this is the wiesist choice, and smartest. This is obviously a clue that iPhone isn't coming to Verizon! Happy birthcrap for you Verizon fan boys!! you can go suck it. And congratulations Apple, you now have my blessing!

Keeping people from choosing the best plan for the area they live in is not a wiesist choice sir. I'm not a Verizon fan boy. I just want to be able to make a phone call without dropping it five times. Why can't anyone seem to understand this simple concept?

You people at AI treat this like its a football game. Like there is something to win or loose for "your" side. When consumers have choice, everybody wins.

I question for you sir. No sarcasm intended, just a serious question to satisfy my curiosity. Why do you say, "Hahah, yes yes yes! "

Why do you give a crap what phone plan I use? What is it to you? What do you think you've won here?
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All I want is tethering between this and my iPhone. I hate being restricted by AT&T despite living in another country (if AT&T not offering tethering to the iPhone is the reason why there was no mention of tethering).
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ABOUT THE SIM CARD FROM PHONE FOR TABLET



This can already be done with wireless cards on ATT. just take out sim card and put in wireless card for laptop. I haven't done it personally but I have a buddy that says he does it all of the time.

I am just curious if apple already thought of this and disabled it for ATT

It is not practical to do. Your will miss your calls and imagine doing it half a dozen times a day. No the best solution. I wouldn't mind paying $15/month for an additional data plan. For me 250MB plus WiFi is enough.
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I wouldn't think a vastly new category hardware product would have to share it's day to shine with Steve saying oh, 'Verizon on the iPhone this June'... I for one never trusted that rumor.

So, if any iPhone announcements are to be made... new model, new pricing, new phone carriers, new phone rates, etc... I think would be on its own day, which usually has been around the anniversary of the first iPhone launch.

So Verizon people still have hope...

However, this T-Mobil person will be awaiting for some hopefully good news around the June/July timeframe...

So Apple is going to release a Verizon tablet in June? And a T-Mobile one? And a Sprint one?
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