New iPad’s AT&T 3G Plan has Alert Features

3G iPadIf you’re thinking about getting the newly-available 3G iPad, AT&T has some features on its data plan that may seal the deal.
That is if you want to pay more for the 3G version of Apple’s tablet computer, which starts at $629 compared to $499 for the Wi-Fi -only version. The 3G model is also Wi-Fi capable. It went on sale yesterday.
“Simple pricing,” AT&T calls it.
The most affordable plan is $14.99 a month for 250 MB. Unlimited data will cost you $29.99. But if you go with the restricted plan, AT&T will send you three alerts when you’re close to reaching your limit – at 20 percent, 10 percent and at zero.
Both plans come with no contracts. You can add to or cancel at any time with no penalty. However, the data plans are in 30-day chunks. So if you sign up on May 1, for example, and don’t cancel by May 31, you will be charged for the next 30 days.
For now, AT&T remains the exclusive U.S. carrier for Apple’s iPhone, and has been the subject of criticism for the quality of its 3G network. Press reports have suggested that iPad 3G usage could cause further problems to the carrier’s service capabilities.
iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models are 0.5 inches thick and weigh 1.6 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. Apple said it delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.
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