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  • AT&T Rolls Out Pricey International Data Plans for iPad



    AT&T has officially released its pricing for the iPad's international data plans. Some have called the plans pricey. Others have opted for words like "outrageous," and... well, I'll keep it clean and stop there.

    Every bit as expensive as the iPhone's international data plans, some iPad owners may similarly experience digital sticker shock in response to the four introduced "Data Global Add-On" packages. The plans, however, are not purchased on a long term or recurring basis. At the end of each month, you must manually purchase (from the iPad's Cellular Data settings pane) one of the four plans for another month. Simply put, there is no auto-renewal.

    Fortunately, however, users can select the date they want their plan to commence in order to prevent any "expensive days" from going unused. Clearly, these plans are far from inexpensive and serve up limited data usage for a substantive sum of money.

    AT&T's international (available within nearly 100 countries) data plans for the iPad look something like this:
    • $24.99 per month for 20 MB
    • $59.99 per month for 50 MB
    • $119.99 per month for 100 MB
    • $199.99 per month 200 MB

    Not a whole lot of bang for your buck. Then again, the San Francisco Chronicle recently made prospective iPad buyers aware of what the 250MB data plan, for example, actually translates to in usage:

    * Browsing a few dozen Web pages a day and typical email usage (without downloading big attachments)
    * Looking at a few dozen Facebook photos a day
    * Watching a few minutes of YouTube video a week
    * Downloading a few songs and podcasts from iTunes per month
    * Downloading a few small iPhone or iPad apps per month, light app usage
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Rolls Out Pricey International Data Plans for iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. gotjpeg's Avatar
      gotjpeg -
      doesnt matter like I tell everyone who calls in to add an international plan, the phones will not work on most 3g carriers over seas, only edge connection will work
    1. xpate's Avatar
      xpate -
      Not exactly true, as overseas also means Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, etc where very fast 3G networks are available. Hell, I have WiMax on my Fujitsu subnote book LOOX U, and I get 40 Mbps at 4500 yen per month unlimited data, and coverage is very good here already. As for traveling with Idevices, I just had an unlimited data plan in Chiang Mai, AIS, 600 baht for a month, with ton of minutes thrown in and a special offer for international calls at 1 baht per minute, lol. So US 18,50 for 3G service, unlimited data.

      ATT is the mafia. NTT is the yakuza!
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      poor AT&T apple had an ipad 3g party and did not invite them and now they are mad trying to take out on us lol.
    1. maly's Avatar
      maly -
      woW! This is pricey tho, As long as my iPhone is unlocked and JB I keep tethering the Internet thru it.
      AT&T is a network provider or butcher?
    1. lexquiles's Avatar
      lexquiles -
      That is crazy!!!!!!!!!!
    1. MTLturbo's Avatar
      MTLturbo -
      YOU THINK THAT'S EXPENSIVE!?!??!?!?! HAHAHAHAHHAHA
      You guys should see what it's like here in Canada. I work for one of the 4 big providers and here's what our international data plans options look like:
      10mb for $50
      25mb for $100
      75mb for $225
      And you think you guys are getting Pwned?!??!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's a rip off.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      It is always cheaper to just get a short plan in the country you are visiting than paying the massive fees.
      Or just find some wifi!
    1. tremerone's Avatar
      tremerone -
      ...I live in Canada (Ottawa)....we have minimal wi-fi hotspots...
      when I was in Florida...I was connected constantly, every mall, every store, every granny that doesn't know what WEP is....kept me thoroughly connected! So go take your pad for a walk....and see what you find!
    1. jacobp's Avatar
      jacobp -
      My son is living in Israel. I would love to get him a 3G iPad but I don't want to pay AT&T's international roaming rates. Would the iPad work on 3G if my son simply bought a 3G sim card from an Israeli carrier and put it in his iPad?
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      200mb for $200!! That reminds me of the plans for when internet was first available on phones. Another reason this ipad pissed me off.
    1. rkisling's Avatar
      rkisling -
      It is very expensive; but if you did go to Europe and left your AT&T sim in your phone, and used 200mb, it could cost you $3,994.00! if I did my math correctly. (Data roaming rate in Germany is $0.0195 per kilobyte).
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      I wonder why AT&T won't give out shared plans for iPhone users for Ipad
    1. shaun755's Avatar
      shaun755 -
      cuz AT&T wants more $$
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I don't understand all of the outrage here. These prices are on par with any other overseas roaming data service. You have to understand that this data is being used on other network's cell towers which ATT has to pay for. I am sure it is much less than what we end up paying for it, but that's business. Also, the damn device comes factory unlocked. You can feel free to pop in a data sim that your purchase wherever you are. Plenty of places in Europe and Asia utilize micro-sim. Those that don't, junst modify the sim as mentioned above.

      Quote Originally Posted by jacobp View Post
      My son is living in Israel. I would love to get him a 3G iPad but I don't want to pay AT&T's international roaming rates. Would the iPad work on 3G if my son simply bought a 3G sim card from an Israeli carrier and put it in his iPad?
      Yes. It just needs to be a micro-sim (or a normal simcard cut down to size)
    1. EdmundGerber's Avatar
      EdmundGerber -
      $200.00 for 200 MB?

      That should be criminal.

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I don't understand all of the outrage here.
      You don't? Seriously? Not at all? Yikes....
    1. gotjpeg's Avatar
      gotjpeg -
      Quote Originally Posted by jacobp View Post
      My son is living in Israel. I would love to get him a 3G iPad but I don't want to pay AT&T's international roaming rates. Would the iPad work on 3G if my son simply bought a 3G sim card from an Israeli carrier and put it in his iPad?

      the 3g will not work, they use 2100 for their umts so the device will pick up the edge but not the 3g connection.
    1. JamesX007's Avatar
      JamesX007 -
      What country's 3g works with USA iPad?
    1. gotjpeg's Avatar
      gotjpeg -
      canadas rogers network the 3g will work

      most of the countries use 1800 and 2100 for their umts network
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by EdmundGerber View Post
      $200.00 for 200 MB?

      That should be criminal.



      You don't? Seriously? Not at all? Yikes....
      When you take that single setence out of context, it makes it look a whole lot worse. I was comparing prices to that of everyone else. Why would ATT do us a favor and be cheaper than the competitor?