iPad 2 data service plans from AT&T and Verizon go head to head
The entry level iPad with 3G connectivity and 16 gigs of storage is for sale on AT&T's website for a discounted price of $529 while supplies last. This isn't a bad deal considering that Verizon has yet to slash the prices of the iPads it offers. As of today, a Wi-Fi-only iPad bundled together with a Mi-Fi hotspot device is listed for $629 on Verizon's website.
Verizon's data plans for the iPad start from $20, all of them are contract-free, and can be started or stopped whenever subscribers would like. The most basic data subscription buys you a gig of traffic and charges an additional $20 for each gig extra, but requires a rather steep $35 activation fee – almost twice as much as the data fee itself. The same activation fee applies to users, which have chosen to stop their data plan and renew it after a period of three months or more. Other Verizon 3G data plans include three, five, and ten gigs of traffic and cost $35, $50, and $80 respectively.
Similarly to Verizon's offers, choosing a data plan from AT&T does not require you to sign a contract, which eliminates the hassle of long-term commitment. Once activated, subscriptions get renewed automatically on a monthly basis, but subscribers can cancel their data plan at any time without the need to pay any additional fees whatsoever. $15 will provide you 250 MB of data and going beyond that milestone will cost an additional $15 for every 250 MB of extra traffic used. A 2 GB data plan is also available for the price of $25 per month with each additional gigabyte of data costing $10 extra.
Now that you know what both carriers are providing you for your money, which one of the plans seems most convenient for you? Feel free to drop a comment below and let us know.