iPad 2 data service plans from AT&T and Verizon go head to head
0. phoneArena 09 Mar 2011, 09:46 posted on
Before taking out your credit card it may be wise to become a bit more familiar with what the two carriers have to offer…
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1. Kenneth Black (unregistered)
Verizon definitely offers better usage package deals!!!!
2. Gary (unregistered)
Has lowered there price on the IPad
3. ddsindpls (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Sep 2007)
Verizon is stingy as hell. Charging activation fees is right up their alley of sticking it to people.
4. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)
Employee/Corporate discounts can be applied to Verizon's data plan, can't do that on AT&T....so that may help offset the activation fee.
5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I think what I am going to do is just buy the Wifi version and save $130 and then kill my unlimited plan and go to the wifi hotstop on my iPhone 4. Since there is wifi at work and at home, I usually use about 500mb on AT&T's network. I can't imagine going through 4GB of data on both devices. But I'll only make that switch when I need it...wifi is just about everywhere nowadays.
6. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)
wifi is just about everywhere now bout with security codes, and on a ipad or iphone you probably wont use alot of data cause it does have flash that makes you want to go to tubeplus, or project freetv, or tvlink.eu and stream brand new movies for absoluetly free in your down time, but people keep trying to fool themselves in thinking flash is unneccesary for some reason, mindless to me to pay for something that does not and will not have flash when there are products out there that do support flash ie andoid.
thats like going to a car dealership and having $28,000 that you want to blow on car nissan maxima and the salesmen tells you well have have a 745 bmw for the same price with only 28,000 miles on it and it still has a warranty for 3 more years, and the buyers says nah that okay i dont like luxury car i'll just get the maxima dumby lol
7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Granted Flash is still around and widely used, but I've found a lot of websites have converted over to HTML5. I rarely get the "install flash" message on my iPhone...I'm not going to lie, the lack of Flash on the original iPad was a huge reason why I didn't buy it. But as time went on, a lot of companies abandoned flash because not every smartphone out there can support flash at all...lower end Android phones for example.
The iPad 2 isn't the solution for everyone, but for me and my web browsing, none of the sites I go to use Flash at all...or at least when I browse with my iPhone, they have an HTML5 equivalent...
8. yadayada (unregistered)
I like how the article heading is " iPad 2 data services go head to head"......then proceeds to explain the first Gen iPad data plans and the VZW iPad/mifi combo. The iPad 2 will be built in EVDO rev A and activated through iTunes and there will be no activation fee. Plus it will most likely offer the mobile hotspot feature for free on the VZW model, just like the Xoom and Galaxy tablet does. You might employee the worst writing staff ever. Please next time, try and make it look like you're not a bunch of ATT homers and more like a reputable tech news source.
9. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Really? Are we talking about the same Verizon? When you activate a device to the network there is always an activation fee b/c you are assigning a MDN. Now if you are purchasing the original Wifi-only model of the iPad that isn't the case unless you bought the Mifi to go with it...but the Xoom/Galaxy Tab both would require an activation fee b/c it is connecting to Verizon's network.
11. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
actually i know a simple way to avoid activation fees. just takes an extra day before you can use your phone.
10. yadayada (unregistered)
Cricket.....yes we are talking about the same Verizon. The built in iPad is activated through iTunes and it is a self activation....same as the ATT version. You are pre paying with your credit card and activating the device yourself. The wifi iPad with mifi has an activation fee because they are activating the mifi and creating an account that requires a credit check and you are charged as a post paid no contract account.The built in iPad requires no credit check....Its charges directly to the credit card you provide on your iTunes account. Even though the mifi and android tablets can be activated on a pay as you go basis you arent activating it on your own like you do on the ipad....requires a credit check and activation fee. Did I say that the Xoom and Galaxy has no activation fee.....nope i sure didnt. . I said free 3g mobile hot spot feature that allows you to share the data plan you chose with up to five other devices.
12. alc (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 May 2010)
so, you're saying it's actually different for the ipad2 than the xoom in regards to intermittent use of mobile broadband? just to be clear, I buy the device full price, use it wifi only for several months, turn it on in July (for vacation), turn it back off. in november (business trip), turn 3g data back on and then off again. without paying a $35 activation fee in november? this is the exact opposite I was told by a verizon CS.
13. rtyecript (unregistered)
I really liked the article, and the very cool blog