AT&T has announced new 3G data plans that come into effect as of June 7. New subscribers after that time will no longer have access to their current unlimited 3G data plan.
Gone are the days of unlimited data on iPhones and the new iPad that AT&T and Apple promoted so heavily at the iPad launch. So, if you purchased the iPad 3G on the basis of the “too good to be true” data options that AT&T were providing, have you been baited and switched?
Apparently it was too good to be true.
The news isn’t all bad though. If you have an iPad 3G, the current unlimited data plan is still available until 7. Users on the unlilmited data plan as of June 7 will be grandfathered, meaning as long as they renew monthly, they will continut to have access to the unlimited plan.
Sign up affter 7 June, however, and you will only have access to the new data plans that AT&T has announced.
The plans include a low usage Data Plus Plan that has a 200MB monthly data allowance for a monthly charge of $15.
The Data Pro Plan steps up in data allowance to 2GB per month. The monthly tariff also increases to $25 per month.
According to gizmodo.com 200 MB of data is enough to send/receive 1000 emails (without attachments), send/receive 150 emails with attachments, surf 400 web pages and stream 20 minutes of video. This plan is designed for users who post on social media sites, send and receive email and surf the web. AT&T maintain that 65% or their Smartphone customer base use less than 200MB of data per month on average.
AT&T maintains that 65% or their Smartphone customer base use less than 200MB of data per month, and a whopping 98% use less than the Data Pro allowance of 2GB on average.
But what happens if you exceed you monthly data allowance? Under the Data Plus Plan you receive an extra 200 MB of data for an additional $15. Under the Data Pro Plan you will receive an extra 1 GB of data for $10.
If you accept that the move from unlimited data to pay per byte plans was inevitable, these new plans aren’t terrible-especially if 98% of customers are covered by these plans, as AT&T asserts. But the fact remains, if you waited until May to receive you iPad 3G on the basis of the highly promoted data plans AT&T were offering, you’ve been baited and switched.
Of course, there is always the SIM card surgery than allows you to put your iPad on TMobile’s EDGE data network-Just google iPad TMobile to find directions.
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