iPad 2—Verizon and AT&T Data Pricing Plans Announced
AT&T and Verizon have announced their new data plan prices for the Apple iPad 2.
You have a choice—speed or reliability
The iPad 2 goes on sale today March 11 on Apple.com and at 5 P.M. at all retail outlets, Verizon, AT&T, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc.
So, that's not really the big news, although there will be some lines in some locations to get the much-anticipated Apple iPad 2. Please, no pushing or fighting.
Here's how the pricing stacks up:
* $14.99 for 250MB of data ($14.99 for 250MB of extra bandwidth should you exceed your limit)
* $25.00 for 2GB of data (Includes 1 free month, $10 per GB if you exceed your limit)
AT&T is retaining its standard iPad data prices for the iPad 2, but is offering a free month of 2GB service, for a limited time. However, those who want tethering (available on iOS 4.3) will have to pay an additional $20 for the 4GB tethering plan. So, it seems that they will keep the status quo, with a little incentive to get that first month up and running.
* $20 for 1GB of data
* $35 for 3GB of data
* $50 for 5GB of data
* $80 for 10GB of data
Verizon’s plans are brand new, and seem to be a better pricing structure that AT&Ts. But there is a hitch. 1GB of data is the smallest amount a regular tablet user might use up. There is no indication of overage pricing. Be wary.
Here is the hitch: Verizon wireless, on the surface, is offering a better pricing structure than AT&T. But, anyone that is familiar with Verizon, knows that the speeds are less than ideal. Verizon tends to be more consistent, but AT&T is definitely faster. Metrico did a recent report on the data speeds of AT&T vs. Verizon, and Verizon did very poorly.
So the trade off? You'll pay more, if you want the faster speed, but pay less, if you want to use it in more places.
Choose wisely my friends, but choose, because the iPad 2 is coming..