• AT&T Rolls Out Pricey International Data Plans for iPad

    AT&T has officially released its pricing for the iPad's international data plans. Some have called the plans pricey. Others have opted for words like "outrageous," and... well, I'll keep it clean and stop there.

    Every bit as expensive as the iPhone's international data plans, some iPad owners may similarly experience digital sticker shock in response to the four introduced "Data Global Add-On" packages. The plans, however, are not purchased on a long term or recurring basis. At the end of each month, you must manually purchase (from the iPad's Cellular Data settings pane) one of the four plans for another month. Simply put, there is no auto-renewal.

    Fortunately, however, users can select the date they want their plan to commence in order to prevent any "expensive days" from going unused. Clearly, these plans are far from inexpensive and serve up limited data usage for a substantive sum of money.

    AT&T's international (available within nearly 100 countries) data plans for the iPad look something like this:

    • $24.99 per month for 20 MB
    • $59.99 per month for 50 MB
    • $119.99 per month for 100 MB
    • $199.99 per month 200 MB

    Not a whole lot of bang for your buck. Then again, the San Francisco Chronicle recently made prospective iPad buyers aware of what the 250MB data plan, for example, actually translates to in usage:

    * Browsing a few dozen Web pages a day and typical email usage (without downloading big attachments)
    * Looking at a few dozen Facebook photos a day
    * Watching a few minutes of YouTube video a week
    * Downloading a few songs and podcasts from iTunes per month
    * Downloading a few small iPhone or iPad apps per month, light app usage
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Rolls Out Pricey International Data Plans for iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
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