Buyer beware of the 3G iPad Bait & Switch.
If you remember when the iPad was announced, Apple proudly announced that they had secured a magical deal with AT&T for their 3G iPad…$29.99 a month for unlimited 3G data. This was quite a bargain compared to what networks charge for unlimited 3G data for laptops/netbooks, and this was a huge selling point for people to buy the iPad 3G…People were drooling over the idea that they could stream countless videos (ex. netflix), music (ex. pandora), etc anywhere they had a 3G connection.
Until now. AT&T just announced that they’ve killed the unlimited wireless data plan. Here are the new data plan options…
-DataPlus plan: $15/month = 200MB (add another $15 per every 200MB increment after)
-DataPro plan: $25/month = 2GB (add another $10 per every 1GB increment after)
*wrap-up: I’m not saying this should prevent you from buying an iPad. This is just a heads up to anyone who was planning on using a lot of data on an iPad. It might be a better idea to just get a regular iPad (WiFi only, not 3G) and use some kind of tethering solution (ex. Sprint’s 4G Overdrive)
*note: customers already on the unlimited plan can stay on it. This is a bait & switch in the sense that Apple promoted this plan with their iPad 3G release, and now unsuspecting customers who don’t know about the changes are in for a surprise.