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New iPad's 4G LTE Data Plans and Pricing Revealed

By , Marcus Yam - Source: Apple | B 24 comments

How much is it going to cost to surf those 4G waves?

So the iPad 3 is official (even if Apple is insisting on just calling it 'iPad') and we now know that the rumors about 4G LTE support were absolutely true. However, nothing in life is free, and that goes double when we're talking about cell phone data. With unlimited plans becoming harder and harder to come by, we're forced to pay for a limited amount of data each month. Sometimes we pay a lot for that data.

So, if your first thought when Apple announced the 4G LTE iPad was, "Yeah, and how much will that cost?" You're not alone. Today, details of pricing for the iPad's 4G data plans became available via Apple's website. They range from $14.99 for 250MB (AT&T) to $50 per month for 5GB (courtesy of either Verizon or AT&T).

Each carrier has three price tiers. AT&T is offering 250MB, 3GB, and 5GB for $14.99, $30, and $50, respectively. Big Red is also offering three price tiers but is starting a little higher than AT&T at 1GB. The company is offering data in 1GB, 2GB, and 5GB bundles for $20, $30, and $50 respectively. Curiously, an earlier version of the above graphic on Apple's website (which can be seen here), shows Verizon offering 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB, for $30, $50, and $80. Apple hasn't yet commented on this error (and neither has Verizon), but we're assuming the pricing in the graphic above is correct, so no 10GB of data for $80 per month.

Another new factor is that the iPad 4G LTE will support personal hotspot, but only if the carrier does. AT&T says it's not currently offering it, but Verizon said it'll be supported on day one.

As for those in Canada looking to get in on the 4G fun, here are the plans posted on Apple's site. At this time it's unclear if the current 3G flex data plans that start at $5 per month will apply to 4G LTE.

 

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    back_by_demand , March 9, 2012 12:31 PM
    Man oh man, you Americans get royally ass-shafted for your data plans
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    billybobser , March 9, 2012 11:44 AM
    Must be raking it in for the paltry 5gb for $50.

    If this whole bullshit cloud is really going to take off they must find a cheaper way to access data when outside of your home.

    Not to mention how patchy wifi 'hotspots' are.

    It's partly the reason my phone is still my phone and not a portable media consumation device.
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    billybobser , March 9, 2012 11:44 AM
    Must be raking it in for the paltry 5gb for $50.

    If this whole bullshit cloud is really going to take off they must find a cheaper way to access data when outside of your home.

    Not to mention how patchy wifi 'hotspots' are.

    It's partly the reason my phone is still my phone and not a portable media consumation device.
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    kawininjazx , March 9, 2012 12:01 PM
    I know currently Verizon is giving double data to everyone who buys a 4G android device, so 4GB is $30, but I guess that will never apply to an iPad. Smart move on AT&T for sneaking in 3GB whereas Verizon offers 2GB for the same price. However, the chance of you getting 4G on Verizon is like 150000% more likely.
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    cknobman , March 9, 2012 12:11 PM
    Another @ss raping price scheme that is now industry standard.

    Sure its easy to get upset with the carriers for charging this much but I also get upset with all the dipsh!t fracking morons that buy these overpriced services and supporting the f'd up pricing structures.

    It all boils down to millions of greedy stupid people with the "I must have it, I dont care what it costs" mentality. Its easy for that type of mentality to take over when your entire system is built on credit with no consequences.
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    back_by_demand , March 9, 2012 12:31 PM
    Man oh man, you Americans get royally ass-shafted for your data plans
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    back_by_demand , March 9, 2012 12:32 PM
    billybobserIt's partly the reason my phone is still my phone and not a portable media consumation device.

    Two words:-

    Removable
    Storage
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    willard , March 9, 2012 12:38 PM
    I love this new trend of giving the consumer less for more. At least I'm grandfathered in on an actual unlimited plan, and 4G to boot. Hope the wife doesn't want 4G anytime soon, because she's unlimited on 3G and I'm not going to double what I pay so she can use half as much data twice as fast.
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    jl0329 , March 9, 2012 12:40 PM
    Can anyone give me an idea of how fast the verizon 4G will be in NYC? (let's say midtown, on AVERAGE). And how's the coverage in NYC? Will I be able to notice a significant difference than 3G?

    My iphone is with ATT and the coverage really SUCKS.
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    coreym72 , March 9, 2012 12:42 PM
    Time for USB tethering... Oh... Sorry about that Apple, no port. No iPad or additional plans for me. :) 
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    alidan , March 9, 2012 12:52 PM
    meanwhile, in russia (of all places)
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    scook9 , March 9, 2012 1:25 PM
    What is pissing me off is the cost of comparable data in Canada....$35 vs $50 (and the Canadian dollar is .77% stronger than the American dollar today....so cant make an exchange rate argument)

    American ISPs are the greediest whores on the planet, right up there with oil companies
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    scook9 , March 9, 2012 1:28 PM
    willardI love this new trend of giving the consumer less for more. At least I'm grandfathered in on an actual unlimited plan, and 4G to boot. Hope the wife doesn't want 4G anytime soon, because she's unlimited on 3G and I'm not going to double what I pay so she can use half as much data twice as fast.

    If you are on Verizon, just get her a 4G phone and she should be ok I believe. I switched from 3g to 4g with no plan change (still unlimited), but I did do that about a month before they went tiered, pretty sure you should be ok though
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    ap3x , March 9, 2012 1:48 PM
    back_by_demandTwo words:-RemovableStorage



    Don't need removable storage. Just plug the thing into your computer and transfer what you want to transfer.

    Personally, I use a 4g mifi. It allows me to connect 5 devices to it and surf the web over 4g. And the device itself is free with a 2 year contract. Don't need to spend the extra money on the LTE version of any device.
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    DaddyW123 , March 9, 2012 2:33 PM
    scook9If you are on Verizon, just get her a 4G phone and she should be ok I believe. I switched from 3g to 4g with no plan change (still unlimited), but I did do that about a month before they went tiered, pretty sure you should be ok though

    duh - you said it yourself, it worked for you because you did it a month before verizon was tiered... if they switch now, I'd be 99.9% sure verizon would make them select a new data plan for that phone.
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    climber , March 9, 2012 2:48 PM
    Wireless carriers new exactly what they were doing in hooking people with unlimited data for dirt cheap prices for several years at the start of all this... they're like a drug dealer, hook the chump addict then rake in the profits when everyone complains but still is hooked on the product.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2012 3:11 PM
    I think someone needs to check the VZW site.. as the 2, 5, and 10 is what they will be offering for the NEW iPAD.. the 1, 2, 5 is for the iPad2.. i have provided a link.. clicking on the "View All Data Plans" shows the respective prices for the NEW iPAD

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/ipad.jsp#howMuchData
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    ArgleBargle , March 9, 2012 3:41 PM
    Well, that's a switch. Usually the Canadian plans are worse than the US plans by far. For example, with Virgin Mobility, you can get an unlimited talk and data plan in the US for significantly less than a *capped* talk and data plan in Canada (where unlimited data plans simply do not exist).
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    hoof_hearted , March 9, 2012 3:56 PM
    Cell phone execs have oil for blood

    scook9What is pissing me off is the cost of comparable data in Canada....$35 vs $50 (and the Canadian dollar is .77% stronger than the American dollar today....so cant make an exchange rate argument)American ISPs are the greediest whores on the planet, right up there with oil companies

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    freggo , March 9, 2012 4:04 PM
    I am curious. How does the average -non geek- consumer buying his first smart Phone or Pad know how much data plan he/she needs ?

    This all reminds me of the early AOL & Co when they charged us by the KB or minute ( and AOL than boosted it by 'downloading graphics' each time you logged on).

    I have a feeling these Data plans will all be history in a few years.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2012 5:22 PM
    hahah what an f'n joke!

    These data plans are just like when dialup was based on hourly usage.

    why are we going backwards and getting our wallets raped?

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    subaru41 , March 9, 2012 5:44 PM
    This is where I love my rooted Galaxy Nexus phone. Free wifi hotspot running on Verizon's network. It works great on my Prime and iPad 2. These rates are ridiculous.
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