No More Unlimited Data Plans for iPads with AT&T

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AT&T is doing away with the $30/month unlimited data plan. Instead you’ll pay $25/month for 2GB:

For new iPad customers, the $25 per month 2 GB plan will replace the existing $29.99 unlimited plan. iPad customers will continue to pre-pay for their wireless data plan and no contract is required. Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan can keep that plan or switch to the new $25 per month plan with 2 GB of data.

Yikes.  That didn’t last long.  The iPad 3G models have barely been out for a month or so, and the heavily touted unlimited data plan from AT&T is already being scrapped. The replacement plan seems lame as well. I’d always heard that the nominal cap on so-called unlimited data plans with many carriers was in the neighborhood of 5GB per month.  2GB does not seem generous to me at all – though I’m far from an expert on this area.

Apparently if you already have the unlimited $29.99 plan before June 7th, when the new plans kick in, the old plan will be grandfathered – so best to get signed up quick if you don’t want a 2GB cap starting in June.

Via: Gizmodo

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5 thoughts on “No More Unlimited Data Plans for iPads with AT&T”

  1. How much data would be involved streaming 1 2-hour Netflix movie?

    I think that's one of the best features of my new 3G iPad.

    Also, intensedebate won't let me use my FB login that I use on… Is it because I am logged in and just commented over there?

    1. I'm not sure on the streaming question – but it should be possible to see on the iPad itself or in any browser via your AT&T account I believe.

      On the Intense Debate question, if you are in the same browser session it should see you as logged in – but it does have occasional flakiness with properly recognizing logged in status – sometimes fixable with a simple refresh. I can't really be of more help than that because support for Intense Debate is easily the most appalling and near non-existent support that I have seen for just about any product or service. Dealing with them for any type of support issue is a 100% 'please kill me now' sort of experience.

  2. It's a shame because you really need 3G to enjoy it outside the home, and you don't want to be worrying about running up a huge bill. I guess this will come over time.

    None of the uk networks have even offered unlimited yet!

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