Thursday, March 08, 2012

iPad 3 launch: Is Apple’s 4G LTE mobile data service too fast? - Slate Magazine

This is the primary reason I’m sticking with my trusty iPad 1 for now

Before you throw your iPad 2 out the window, you should know one thing about the mobile information superhighway: Life in the fast lane ain’t cheap. With an advertised top download speed of up to 73 megabits per second, the top-of-the-line iPad could theoretically burn through a basic 2-gigabyte-per-month data plan in about four minutes. But oh, how delicious those four minutes would be!

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Just be careful how much you indulge in that immersive experience, or you might find your first AT&T or Verizon bill unexpectedly immersive as well. The data plans for the third edition of the iPad will have the same costs and data limits as the carriers’ current plans. For Verizon, that’s $30 for two gigabytes per month, $50 for five gigs, and $80 for 10 gigs; AT&T’s prices are similar. Neither offers an unlimited plan anymore, with AT&T recently following Verizon in canceling its last all-you-can-stream options. (Sprint, the last carrier to offer unlimited data, was left out of the latest iPad launch, notes industry blog FierceWireless.)

iPad 3 launch: Is Apple’s 4G LTE mobile data service too fast? - Slate Magazine

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