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.