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

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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  • billybobser
    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.
  • kawininjazx
    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.
  • cknobman
    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.
  • back_by_demand
    Man oh man, you Americans get royally ass-shafted for your data plans
  • back_by_demand
    billybobserIt's partly the reason my phone is still my phone and not a portable media consumation device.Two words:-

  • willard
    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.
  • jl0329
    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.
  • coreym72
    Time for USB tethering... Oh... Sorry about that Apple, no port. No iPad or additional plans for me. :)
  • alidan
    meanwhile, in russia (of all places)
  • scook9
    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 cant make an exchange rate argument)

    American ISPs are the greediest whores on the planet, right up there with oil companies