More Details on iPad 3G Data Plans & Managing them on the iPad

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As with most of Apple’s iPad pages, the one covering the iPad WiFi + 3G model has been updated with lots more juicy detail since iPad pre-orders start day.  We already knew that the 3G coverage is provided by AT&T, that it will offer speeds up to 7.2 Mbps, and that if you grab one of the AT&T data plans for the iPad, you’ll also get access to over 20,000 AT&T WiFi hotspots (in places like Starbucks, Barnes & Noble etc).

Here’s some new details that Apple have added to the WiFi + 3G page:

Sign up, monitor, and manage your 3G service — all from your iPad.

You can sign up for 3G data service with AT&T at any time — right on your iPad. There’s no need to visit a store or call customer service. Just tap Settings and choose Cellular Data. Then type in your user information, select a plan, and enter your credit card information.

Monitor your data usage.

You can check your data usage in Settings on your iPad anytime. iPad will even let you know when you’re about to reach your 250MB data limit. You’ll get three alerts — at 20 percent, 10 percent, and zero. With each alert, you can choose to add more data or wait and do it later. Tap Now and iPad opens the Cellular Data Plan window so you can update your data plan.

Manage your data plan.

iPad makes it easy to choose the data plan that works best for you. When you need more data, you can add another 250MB or upgrade to the Unlimited Data plan. Because you sign up for a data plan in monthly increments, you can cancel your plan at any time and then sign up again whenever you need 3G service.

This really looks like a good set of features that should make it easy to flip data service on and off as needed, and keep a good handle on it whenever it is active. It would be nice to see some of these abilities come to the iPhone as well.

For full details on WiFi Plus 3G data plans and all of these features, see Apple’s page here:

Patrick Jordan

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