iPad 3G Data Service Explained before Friday's 3G iPad Launch

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  1. 4phun

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    In addition to details posted last month by Apple on how 3G data service will be managed on Wi-Fi + 3G iPad models due for launch this Friday, AT&T has now published a fact sheet (PDF) offering additional information on iPad data service.

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    AT&T notes that its "monthly" domestic service plans actually consist of 30-day cycles that will automatically renew unless the customer elects to cancel his or her contract-free service.

    Customers who reach their data limit for a billing cycle can either wait until the end of the 30-day cycle when it automatically renews or change to an unlimited plan, which will begin a new 30-day cycle at that time.

    You do not switch from a 250MB to Unlimited Data by only paying another $15 when your 250 MB runs out. If you opted to pay only another $15 you only start another 250MB data plan. If you blow through that in a couple of weeks you will have ended up spending $30 for only a half gigabyte of data when you could have had UNLIMITED for the same amount of money in a four week period.

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    AT&T 3G iPad fact sheet (PDF)


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    I keep looking for the fine print (I'm paranoid). If you hit the 250mb limit does the 3G just stop sending/receiving or do they charge you an overage fee; like $1/MB?
     
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    Looks like it will just stop, and prompt you to upgrade. And, an upgrade starts a new 30 day period, so if you blow the 250 limit in the first two weeks, then upgrade, you'll get the unlimited for 30 days, not just the remaining time in your initial "month".
     
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    AT&T 3G iPad fact sheet (PDF)
    Please click on my link and download AT&T's PDF.
    The short answer is the 250MB plan terminates and you get no more data from AT&T for the rest of the 30 day period.

    You can start another 30 day 250 MB plan immediately or switch to starting an UNLIMITED 30 day plan which IMHO makes a lot more sense.

    You must keep track of when each plan runs out if you do not plan to keep it so you can avoid a renewal fee for another 30 days.

    YOU MUST OPT NOT TO RENEW. Sort of like those Book of the Month Clubs that count on you forgetting to drop out.

    Does that make sense to you and answer your question?:)
     
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    Lets be perfectly clear. If you blow through 250MB data by the fifteenth and renew by paying $30 you have started a new 30 day cycle of UNLIMITED DATA that runs until the fifteenth of the next month.
    This replaced your 250MB cycle.

    If you renew for only another $15 you will start a new 250MB cycle which runs until the fifteenth of the following month and then it auto renews.

    YOU MUST OPT OUT TO AVOID FUTURE CHARGES.:)

    That was the point of starting this new thread - NO SURPRISES - NO PAIN.

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    "The PDF goes on to say that you'll receive a total of three warnings when your approaching the end of your monthly 250MB allotment: one when you've got 20 percent of your 250MB allowance left, a second at 10 percent, and a third when you've run out.

    "If you do hit the monthly limit, your service plan will simply expire, AT&T says; no need to worry about overage charges. Of course, that also means you won't be able to surf via AT&T's 3G network until you pony up for another monthly bucket of 250MB — either that, or $30 for the unlimited monthly plan."

    AT&T fills in the blanks on iPad 3G service plans - Yahoo! News
     
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    Is unlimited really unlimited or does it mean something like 1 GB?
     
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    They say it is really unlimited.

    We shall see as I plan on putting this theory to the test beginning 04-30-10. ;)
     
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    P.S. If they are charging $30 a month for data, it should and better be unlimited.
     
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    If it's like the $30/mo Unlimited Data iPhone plan, which it is, then it's unlimited.
     

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