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iPad 2 Data Plans Compared: Verizon vs. AT&T

by Emily Price | March 7, 2011March 7, 2011 8:41 am PST

For the first time on Friday, a 3G version of the iPad will be available on both Verizon and AT&T. While the original iPad was eventually made available on Verizon, it was done so by pairing the Wi-Fi version of the tablet with a MiFi – not exactly the same experience.

If you’re thinking about grabbing a 3G iPad 2 on Friday, then you have to make a decision on what carrier you want to use the tablet on. The Verizon version of the tablet will only work on Verizon’s network, and the AT&T version will only work on AT&T. What that means is if you sign up for one and want to jump ship to the other, you’re going to have to buy a whole new iPad.

Besides the traditional carrier battle as to who has the best coverage, there are also some price differences between an iPad 2 data plan on Verizon vs. one on AT&T. The carrier that’s right for you may depend on how you ultimately plan on using the tablet.

All Things Digital made a pretty fancy chart detailing the price break down between the two:

Moderate users appear to be better off selecting the postpaid 2GB data plan from AT&T and paying an additional $10 per GB for overages. Assuming 4GB of data use on both carriers, 4GB of data in a month on Verizon would cost you a whopping $80 if you were subscribed to the 1GB plan, however, would be exactly the same ($45) if you subscribed to the 3GB plan on the carrier. In contrast, if you plan on using your iPad non-stop, a 10GB plan on Verizon for $80 will save you some cash over using 10GB of data on AT&T.

Are any of you looking to buy a 3G iPad 2 Friday? What plan are you going to go with?


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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