AT&T Details the 3G Data Plans for the iPad

The iPad 3G hits the stores tomorrow at 5pm, and with the release of Apple’s latest magical product, AT&T stands to sign up what I’m guessing will be a boatload of new customers. iPad owners will be able to sign up for and manage 3G data access right from their devices, and the associated costs look very reasonable. AT&T has provided a quick fact sheet to help answer your questions about the plans, and Apple has a web page set up to let you preview the management features.

Basically, there are two data plans that will be available to purchase:

  • $14.99 per month for 250MB
  • $29.99 per month for unlimited data

In addition, each of these plans comes with unlimited access to all AT&T WiFi hotspots, of which AT&T claims over 20,000 nationwide at locations such as Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, McDonald’s, and various airports.

The iPad will warn you when you are approaching your data limits if you choose to go with the 250MB plan. It will push notifications to your screen at 20 percent, 10 percent, and zero, and with each alert you can choose to add more data or do it later. Like most subscription-type services, your plan (regardless of which one you have) will automatically renew after the end of the month, which for the purposes of the iPad plans means 30 consecutive days from the date of plan purchase. However, if you exceed your data limit on the 250MB plan, it will expire, and if you purchase more data your 30-day window will be reset.

It seems like Apple and AT&T have really tried to make the 3G data plans as painless as possible for customers to get and use.

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