Apple Details iPad 3G Data Plans

Coinciding with today’s iPad pre-ordering, Apple updated the iPad section of their site. Buried deep in the iPad section is a page providing more information about the data plans available on the Wi-Fi + 3G model of the iPad. The first paragraph reads like an advertisement for AT&T’s “quality” service, but the second paragraph reiterates some of what Steve Jobs said in his introduction keynote. Options are limited data (250MB) for $14.99 per month, or unlimited data for $29.99 per month. The most significant piece of information is that a contract is not required.

Best of all, there’s no contract. So if you have a business trip or vacation approaching, just sign up for the month you’ll be traveling and cancel when you get back. You don’t need to visit a store to get 3G service. You can sign up, check your data usage, manage your account, or cancel your service — all from your iPad.

All of the 3G service options are right in the settings app of the iPad, so there are no calls to make or trips to AT&T in order to change your plan. If you choose the limited data plan, the iPad sends multiple alerts as your data begins to run out. With each alert you are given the option to add more data. With either data plan you also have access to over 20,000 WiFi hotspots in places like Starbucks and Barnes and Noble, reducing the likelihood that you will ever need the unlimited data plan.

[via Mac Rumors]

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