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11-09-2012, 06:02 PM #1
AT&T to Subsidize Price of Apple's iPad
AT&T is making a bold move in the tablet space, becoming the first U.S. wireless carrier to subsidize the price of the iPad with a two-year contractual agreement. The carrier outlined its plan Friday in an announcement that is closely modeled after the sales structure we've all come to know with regard to the iPhone.
Beginning today, customers will receive $100 off any tablet purchased at an AT&T company owned store or online with a two-year data plan agreement.
Here's a quick look at what the tablet data plans look like:
AT&T Mobile Share: $10 to share between 1 GB and 20GB
AT&T DataConnect 250MB: $15 for 250MB
AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
In case you were wondering, I have to be the bearer of bad news here. Even if you're a longtime unlimited data subscriber, you will not be allowed to get around the data plans outlined above.
11-09-2012, 06:26 PM #2
Weak. I thought it would be a higher amount of subsidy similar to the iPhone considering it's a two year contract.
11-09-2012, 07:17 PM #3
Yeah that's weird a iPhone not under contract is like what 700 bucks? And it's 199 WITH a contract well hopefully other carriers will offer more off and drive the price down....lol maybe
11-09-2012, 07:29 PM #4
So here is a quick question, can't AT&T make some kind of deal for unlimited users?
11-09-2012, 07:32 PM #5
I prefer to just pay full retail price for an iPad."You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not"
11-09-2012, 07:53 PM #6
The iPad would cost less to add onto an account ($10/month minimum if one's on a shared data plan) vs a iPhone ($35/month minimum on the same shared data plan, or the even better for revenue $70+/month on standard plans). That's probably why the subsidies don't really match.
To be honest, I don't expect any carrier to subsidize an iPad for any more than $100 (off), just because the data prices for tablets don't also include voice or texting. For most carriers, the lowest tablet tier is $10/month on postpaid. That only amounts to $240 in revenue for the contract period. It wouldn't make sense to increase the subsidy...
Has anybody put the mini in this picture? This might actually make a data-enabled mini look like a decent option for some. The initial cost only slightly higher than the wifi version (basically) and have a data option when away from home or whatnot. Especially around Christmas time, it'll look enticing.
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11-09-2012, 08:11 PM #7
att---is a very good research company..think about it,,,all these things att does..they do it with a lot of research, campaigns ..of-course they loose money on some but hey its a billion$ company--they can afford to.
11-09-2012, 08:11 PM #8
11-09-2012, 08:32 PM #9
Thanks for answering the unstated unlimited plan question.
11-09-2012, 08:40 PM #10
Doubt they would ever give in to the unlimited plan, even to current unlimited customers. They lose out on that deal big time. There is a reason they don't offer it any longer.
11-09-2012, 09:54 PM #11
11-10-2012, 12:45 AM #12
I'm switching to verizon just for FaceTime and hotspot.
11-10-2012, 02:04 AM #13
Very interesting - cellular subsidies for tablet devices... Wonder if they'll give me a few hundred bucks off a future mbp if said mbp has an embedded cellular antenna? This is really a first...
11-10-2012, 03:53 AM #14
I have unlimited Data for my iPhone5 & the ONLY thing i can see that' different is the ability to do face time over LTE WHICH i can Do when the Jailbreak comes out for 6.1. So i'l keep my unlimited.
11-10-2012, 10:19 AM #15
Who came up with the idea this was a subsidy? As far as I know this is a *temporary* promotion on all tablets running from now until Dec 31st.
11-10-2012, 05:36 PM #16
2 phones, 2 iPads and an iPad Mini. One of the iPads was on a $30/month celluar plan.
Now I have unlimited minutes talk, unlimited text, TETHERING that CAN'T be turned off so I have data for ALL my iPads, and 6 Gigs/month. All for virtually the same money.
You guys keep fighting the man if you want to. It just wasn't worth it to me. I would a LOT rather have what I have now.
Has anybody figured out why every time you log in from any browser, all the comments other than the first one disappear? Safari, Chrome, IE. Doesn't matter for me.
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11-10-2012, 09:31 PM #17
11-10-2012, 10:53 PM #18
I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.
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11-11-2012, 07:26 AM #19
Forget "adding" the tablet just pay $50 for 5 gb data which includes tethering and tether the ipad That saves you 10-20 month!!
11-11-2012, 08:51 AM #20
I picked up an iPad 3 friday under this offer since I was looking to upgrade my iPad 2 (didnt want a 4 since I have TONS of 30 pin accessories). Im still debating if Id rather pay the extra 100 bucks to not have a contract but $10 bucks a month isnt enough to worry about.
I will say this about the data share plans. This past month they saved me a fortune. I have 3 iphones, a blackberry and now an ipad on my account with the 10 gig plan. This past month 3 of those phones went over 3 gigs. One was at 200 meg. Had i been on the previous plan my bill would have been $260 plus $30 in overages and tax. My bill came in yesterday and it was total $236 with tax. Now that was a totally uncommon month of data due to being stuck in a hospital for a relative and streaming hulu and such.
The only thing Im worried about is since LTE is insanely fast here (29 down 8 up) Im worried about getting careless and going over my 10 gigs. The 15 or 20 gig plan is looking very interesting.