If you’re planning to buy iPad 2 with Wi-Fi+3G in the US, then it is important to remember that you get an option to select the model that either supports AT&T’s network or Verizon’s CDMA network – not both.
Though Verizon was selling the original iPad along with AT&T, the original iPad with Wi-Fi+3G only supported AT&T’s network so Verizon had to offer the MiFi mobile hotspot with the original iPad with Wi-Fi only model for 3G data.
Verizon’s iPad 2 3G Data Plans:
Verizon has announced data plans for iPad 2 while AT&T has made some changes to the existing plans. Verizon is offering no-contract monthly data plans for $20 (1 GB), $35 (3GB), $50 (5GB) and $80 (10GB).
AT&T’s iPad 2 3G Data Plans:
Meanwhile, AT&T has announced that it will also be offering postpaid plans along with the prepaid plans. It will continue to offer the no-contract monthly data plans for $14.99 (250MB) and $25.00 (2GB). In case of the prepaid plan, you are charged $14.99 per 250 MB and $25 per 2 GB for overages while in case of the postpaid plan, you are charged $14.99 per 250 MB for overages and $10 per 1 GB for overages.
It is also important to note that AT&T has confirmed that it will allow the original iPad users who had opted for the discontinued unlimited data plan to transfer the plan to a new iPad 2:
If you were lucky enough to snag one of those coveted unlimited data plans with your original AT&T iPad, you won’t have to toss it when upgrading next week. The carrier has confirmed to us that those who currently have the aforementioned plan will be able to keep it on their account when upgrading to the iPad 2, which in turns gives you no reason whatsoever to turn down the opportunity.
Folks at All Things Digital have compiled a chart that breaks down the respective costs:
So if you are a heavy data user then you’re better off opting for the Verizon iPad model if you don’t mind the slower download speeds on Verizon’s network as it would be cheaper and considered to be more reliable unless you’re an original iPad users who had opted for AT&T’s unlimited data plans for iPad when it was launched.
We would love to find out which iPad 2 model you’re planning to buy along with which data plan (if at all), so please drop us a line in the comments section below.