Both AT&T and Verizon are scheduled to have service plans for the iPad 2 but the way in which they’re pricing the coverage plans differs somewhat. Based on a recent article in the WSJ, I’ve broken it down below.
AT&T announced plans yesterday to offer a postpaid monthly billing plan for their iPad 2 coverage plans. Similar to Apple’s strategy in keeping costs flat, they’re offering the same $14.99 plan for 250 megabytes and $25 for 2 gigabytes. However, with their new postpaid option, instead of a contract customers can receive regular bills for data access. For additional data, postpaid customers will be charged an additional $10 for every gigabyte they go over while postpaid customers are required to buy 2 gigabytes at $25.
On the other hand, Verizon who is also getting the device is planning on putting customers under its current tablet options plan which include the iPad, Galaxy Tab, and Xoom. The entry-level $20 plan for 1 gigabyte of data, $35 for 3 gigabytes, $50 for 5 gigabytes, and $80 for 10 gigabytes. As far as overage charges go, 3 gigabyte subscribers are charged $10 for every additional gigabyte while entry-level subscribers must pay $20 for each gigabyte.
For those of you who don’t own tablets, just to give you a little context on usage, 1G gives you roughly an hour of streaming music and 35 minutes of streaming video.
Sure makes having a WI-FI hotspot enabled handset with an unlimited data plan pretty attractive right now.