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AT&T posts details of iPad Wi-Fi + 3G data plans

AT&T has posted a document online (PDF Link) with details of the company’s wireless data offerings for the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. Notably, the data plans renew automatically, so users will have to manually cancel if they choose to use the data option on a non-recurring basis, and the charges will appear on users’ credit card bills. If a user goes over the amount of data in his or her selected plan before the 30 day period is up, they can choose to purchase another 250MB of data, or move to an unlimited plan, either of which will be good for 30 days from the date and time they activate the new plan. In addition to including either 250MB or unlimited data, both plans include unlimited access to AT&T’s network of over 20,000 Wi-Fi Hot Spots across the U.S.

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I wonder if cancelling shuts down your data availability even if it’s before your time ran out.  It would be a pain to need to remember to go back and cancel later if you only needed one month of service, but it wouldn’t be too onerous to sign up for service, pay for a month, and then cancel at the same time to prevent the automatic renewal.  Of course it’s probably not in AT&Ts; best interest to make it easy to cancel.  I’m sure they’ll get some amount of money from folks who just forget to turn off service.

Posted by Rob E. on April 28, 2010 at 1:48 PM (CDT)


I think rob’s right; att will not let you sign up and cancel in the same day and get a month’s worth of service…but those that have (hacking) ears, let them hear:  jailbreak community—find a way to ‘auto cancel’ 3g ipad’s service and sell the hack on cydia.  $2 for an app that will auto-cancel? brilliant.

Posted by shawn on April 28, 2010 at 2:46 PM (CDT)


So if I go with the limited plan for $15, what does that get me?  In other words, is there some way to break that 250MB/month into an easier-to-understand metric (i.e., about 1 hour of web access per day)?

It doesn’t seem like the end of the world to have it auto-renew, especially if they also offer the notifications at 20%, 10% and 0% remaining.

Posted by DJ Renton on April 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM (CDT)


So the question I have yet to see answered is:

When AT&T says “unlimited,” do they really mean “unlimited” in the truest, legal sense of the word, or does their definition stop at 5 GB or 10 GB per month?  (For example, Verizon’s definition of “unlimited” is 5 GB per month.  Comcast - my net provider - defines “unlimited” as 250 GB per month.)

Can anyone clarify this?  Or send an AT&T link that specifically spells out what they mean by “unlimited”?

Posted by JonnyOneNote on April 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


jonny…apparently, unlimited is unlimited.  there’s a post over at gearlog:

“According to AT&T’s Mark Siegel, “unlimited is unlimited.” Stream video 24/7 if you want; AT&T promises that they won’t criticize or judge. (Well, maybe they will, but they’ll keep it to themselves.) YouTube yourself silly all day and all night. Use Sling Player until your eyes go square. While Siegel also wanted to remind me that he expected iPad users to spend a lot of time in Wi-Fi hotspots (and they get access to AT&T’s own hotspots for free), he said that the crazy outliers who stream data all the time won’t be penalized.”

Posted by shawn on April 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM (CDT)


I have yet to read the answer to the only question that matters to me: will the data service automatically switch from 3G to EDGE in a non-coverage area? There’s no 3G service anywhere near me. Without EDGE coverage I won’t be getting an iPad.

Posted by George on April 29, 2010 at 6:45 AM (CDT)

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