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Pain-Staking iPad 3G International Plans

by Winston Sih | May 6, 2010May 6, 2010 6:31 am PDT

AT&T recently released official pricing for international data plans for iPad that comes at a convenience of a very pain-staking price; you can expect to pay $200 for around 30 minutes of video streaming.

Four “Data Global Add-On” packages were released starting at $25 per month for 20 MB of cellular data, at the other end of the spectrum is $200 for 200 MB.  You can purchase this plan directly from iPad’s Cellular Data settings menu on a month-by-month basis and will make the plan accessible to over 90 countries around the world.

When selecting the data plan, users will have the option to select the date of when they’d like the plan to take effect, and unlike iPhone plans, those for iPad will not renew each month; they will have to be repurchased.  This means, iPad 3G owners should select an international plan before going on a trip.

Here are the international plans for iPad:

  • $24.99/month: 20 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 20 MB of usage within more than 90 countries
  • $59.99/month: 50 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 50 MB of usage within more than 90 countries
  • $119.99/month: 100 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 100 MB of usage within more than 90 countries
  • $199.99/month: 200 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 200 MB of usage within more than 90 countries

For those wondering on how far these data plans will take you on a 250 MB plan, here’s a list compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle:

  • About 35 minutes of YouTube video at standard-definition; about 8-10 minutes of YouTube or iTunes video at 720p hi-definition
  • Download about 70 songs from iTunes
  • View a few thousand Web pages and typical email usage
  • View more than 4,000 Facebook photos
  • Browsing a few dozen Web pages a day and typical email usage (without downloading big attachments)
  • Looking at a few dozen Facebook photos a day
  • Downloading a few small iPhone or iPad apps per month, light app usage

Alternatively, you could take a pair of scissors and turn your current iPhone SIM into a micro-SIM card, allowing iPad to take advantage of your current data plan, although not recommended by TechnoBuffalo by any means.