No extra charge for mobile hotspot on Verizon’s iPad 4G LTE data plan – not even available through AT&T

No extra charge for mobile hotspot on Verizon’s iPad 4G LTE data plan – not even available through AT&T
In addition to 4G LTE capabilities, Tim Cook also announced that Apple’s latest addition to its iPad lineup would be able to be used as a mobile hotspot. Apparently that is only half true – at launch anyway.

It has been reported that AT&T would not be offering this feature at launch and the information on data plans on Apple’s website doesn’t shed any additional light onto the subject. When asked directly via email, a spokesperson for AT&T said to Macworld, “We are working with Apple to enable this feature in the future, but we currently do not offer it.”

The AT&T plans, as of right now, are as follows:

•    250MB $14.99, overage $14.99 per 250MB
•    3GB $30, overage $10 per 1GB
•    5GB $50, overage $10 per 1GB

On the Verizon side of things, the carrier has confirmed that it will be offering four plans and all of which will include hotspot service at no additional charge. They are:

•    1GB $20, overage $20 per 1GB
•    2GB $30, overage $10 per 1GB
•    5GB $50, overage $10 per 1GB
•    10GB $80, overage $10 per 1GB

While your monthly rate on AT&T can be lower, the price per gigabyte and the additional ability to setup a mobile hotspot on Verizon is a better bang for your buck. We are very interested to see how soon AT&T will implement mobile hotspot support and if the current data plans will include that feature like Verizon’s does.

source: The Verge via Macworld

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11 Comments

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Wow PhoneArena, Giz had this hours ago, and they aren't even that great of a site!

3. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

shutup meg ...i've always wanted to use that line

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

same as the android tabs not a big deal

4. jiggaphone

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

price per gig it only applies if you want the largest 3GB for thirty or 2GB for thirty hmmm no math major here but yeah.....

5. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

“We are working with Apple to enable this feature in the future, but we currently do not offer it.” it's not Apple is you at&t!, come on

11. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

AT&T always put the blame on others. This is very obvious now. It's like when their network craps out. AT&T is like, well it's those heavy users crippling our towers! Whatever AT&T!

6. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Verizon "new" iPad has hotspot included ... in my books ... Verizon has won. It is an expensive hotspot mind you ... but if I am mobile ... somewhere ... I have other devices (PC, laptop) ... that need internet ... BOOM ... "new" iPad. Mind you ... would need to watch the data usage ... with is the "gotcha" ... but still ... FREE ... hotspot is HUGE. With a LTE phone ... Verizon is going to charge me for hotspot/tethering.

7. duude

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

GO VERIZON!!!! :D

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Does Verizon offer this on their other tablets, or are they just giving Apple another handy under the table here?

9. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I have it on the android tablet that im using right now thru Verizon. -sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7

10. jkapster

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

Elixir2 gets you it free anyway, lol!

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