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.
If you have a prepaid iPhone plan and haven't updated to iPhone OS 3.0 yet, you might want to think twice. Word has it that the software update will cause data service for PayAsYouGo GoPhone customers to stop working. PickYourPlan GoPhone customers should be OK after the update.
AT&T's expensive "unlimited" data plan is one of the biggest reasons people decide not to get an iPhone, but they may be planning on doing something about it. BusinessWeek claims to have sources "with knowledge of the company's thinking" who say AT&T is considering offering a limited data plan for the iPhone at a lower price than the current "unlimited" data plan to entice fence-sitters who aren't willing to pay the $30 a month.
A few AT&T subscribers were sent free text messages over the weekend warning that on November 12, 2008, AT&T will be discontinuing their offer of a $20/month "Unlimited" MEdia Net package. Previously, users have had the option of purchasing an unlimited MEdia Net plan for their pay-as-you-go iPhones, offering up to 5GB of data, but now subscribers are to be left with just the 1MB and 5MB options.
AT&T is going after iPhone 3G owners that have managed to end up with the wrong data plan. Apparently some users were able to weasel their way into a contract that was intended for a different device instead of the standard iPhone 3G data plan, and now they are trying to correct their errors and get those users onto the plans intended for the iPhone.
An anonymous source for iPhone Canada is claiming that Rogers Wireless is planning to revamp their highly-criticized data plans for the iPhone 3G on October 1st. It's no secret that most people in Canada think that the original plans offered by Rogers were pretty outdated and grossly overpriced. The source says that Rogers is planning to update their plans to include more daytime minutes, MY5, and an extra 600MB of data.