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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. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      1. Buy iPad 3G internationally.
      2. Buy a unlimited data 3g plan on another network.
      3. Cut sim card and put in iPad.
      4. ?????
      5. Profit.
    1. tgabriel123's Avatar
      tgabriel123 -
      That's Ridiculous! I'm glad I bought the the wifi version, i couldn't afford the data plan..
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Wow definatelysucks.
    1. doitchinkstyle's Avatar
      doitchinkstyle -
      Extortion?
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      they forget to mention that most of the world doesn't provide 3G, EDGE, or GPRS internet, or if they don't provide internet, it's pretty crummy and slow... bet they don't have a map for that hehe
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      hahahahahahaha this got to be a joke hahahahahaha AT&t you are full poupou.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      1) Those names sound like a completely randomly unknown celebrity
      2) What the hell does this have to do with this thread?
      3) That is definitely not the iPhone 4G. WAY off. Looks like a mytouch 3g


      Anyways, these plans are a rip-off. $200 of 200mb!? Ever heard of iPhone pre-paid + MyWi?
    1. joseprofet's Avatar
      joseprofet -
      I'm not going crazy that is definitely not a mytouch, I know it has nothing to do with this thread but figured I would share to get some opinions... And Mary j blige is random to you? Where do you live?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Please stay on topic.
    1. RKirk7741's Avatar
      RKirk7741 -
      A great word to describe those: Bulls**t
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      Those prices seem awfully high.
    1. Silencer_0's Avatar
      Silencer_0 -
      Holy crap that's expensive! When I went on vacation in Italy last month, I just took my unlocked iPhone 3GS, bought a new sim card with phone+unlimited data plan over there for 25 euros and that's it, unlimited 3G everywhere I was.
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      What a ******* ripoff. And they wonder why people are so eager to jailbreak their phones...
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      It is always cheaper to just get a short plan in the country you are visiting than paying the massive fees.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silencer_0 View Post
      Holy crap that's expensive! When I went on vacation in Italy last month, I just took my unlocked iPhone 3GS, bought a new sim card with phone+unlimited data plan over there for 25 euros and that's it, unlimited 3G everywhere I was.
      Thats great news for me! I got 3 year shore duty orders to italy, i am in the navy. But ya i saw the map and VODAPHONE and T-mobile have a 3G network that works all over Europe i dont know what this NO 3G this guy is talking about....you just confirmed my curiosity! Thanks!
    1. tweaker's Avatar
      tweaker -
      Wtf? Lol
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      That's why AT&T sucks and have a bad reputation
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      ATT = s u c k s
      apple = ievil
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      iPhone 3GS unlimited data + MyWi. Love and only love.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      roaming has never been cheap... find a carrier that offer 200MB for less the 190$, you won't

      At least they offer a plan