iPad 2 data service plans from AT&T and Verizon go head to head

iPad 2 data service plans from AT&T and Verizon go head to head
So, you have your mind set on getting a 3G-enabled Apple tablet with a cellular data plan. Regardless of which one of the two options you pick – a first generation iPad with 3G connectivity, which you can buy today, or waiting for the 3G-capable version of the iPad 2 to hit the shelves in a couple of days, it is either AT&T or Verizon where you will be getting your 3G data from. Before taking out your credit card it may be wise to become a bit more familiar with what the two carriers have to offer in terms of 3G data plans.

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.

source: AppleInsider

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13. rtyecript unregistered

I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

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: May 19, 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.

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: Oct 24, 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: Feb 02, 2011

actually i know a simple way to avoid activation fees. just takes an extra day before you can use your phone.

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: Jul 13, 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...

4. rwrife

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

3. ddsindpls

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 16, 2007

Verizon is stingy as hell. Charging activation fees is right up their alley of sticking it to people.

2. Gary unregistered

Has lowered there price on the IPad

1. Kenneth Black unregistered

Verizon definitely offers better usage package deals!!!!

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