AT&t subscribers now have a new option for data payment on their iPad or other tablet device. The plan as introduced with the iPad last year was charged directly through your credit card at $15 for 250MB of data or $25 for 2GB. That plan is still available, and has not changed.
However, there are many iPad owners who also have an iPhone and chances are they are on AT&T. Those subscribers can now go for the postpaid data plan, which is the same $15 (250MB) and $25 (2GB). The overage fee under this plan is $10 per GB. The real difference being that the data usage will all be added to your carrier bill at the end of the month rather than charged on a credit card.
That new plan may be best-suited for users who use their iPad for 3G data monthly and do it extensively, and of course are on AT&T as you would likely be paying the fee regardless of whether or not you use data that month. The good news is that there is no commitment or contract, so ideally, you can just cancel that part of the service if you won't be needing it any longer.
Hit the jump for the press release from AT&T:
AT&T INTRODUCES NEW MONTHLY BILLING OPTION FOR TABLETS
Customers Get First Month Free When Activating New Postpaid Plan
DALLAS, MARCH 3, 2011 – AT&T today introduced convenient new postpaid billing options for tablets. Beginning today, customers can choose between AT&T's existing prepaid billing options or the new postpaid plans. The new plans can be added to customers' existing monthly wireless statements, offering the simplicity of a single monthly bill. For a limited time, customers who activate a new postpaid $25/2 GB plan will receive the first month free.
The new postpaid billing option will be available across AT&T retail locations, as well as att.com, Best Buy, Fry's, select Nexcom locations, and Walmart stores nationwide.
"Tablets offer the convenience of mobile broadband virtually anywhere and our new billing options give customers the flexibility to choose how they prefer to be billed," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets.
Customers may choose from the following options.
¬∑ Postpaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers' monthly wireless statements.
¬∑ Prepaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers' credit card statements.
Both options are month-to-month and do not require a long-term commitment.
For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.