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Apple Unveils 4G LTE Data Pricing for New iPad

March 8, 2012

One of the big additions to Apple's new iPad is 4G LTE capability via AT&T and Verizon, and today Apple unveiled how much it will cost you to tap into the providers' networks from your brand-new tablet.

Each carrier is offering three data plans that range in price from $14.99 per month to $50 per month.

On the AT&T iPad, you can get 250MB for $14.99 per month, 3GB for $30, or 5GB for $50.

With Verizon, you can get 1GB for $20, 2GB for $30, or 5GB for $50.

All the plans are offered without a contract. If you run out of data, just buy some more, or sign up for a plan that automatically renews each month. AT&T provides email notifications when users reach 65 percent, 90 percent, and 100 percent of their allotted data. Verizon provides warnings when users have 50MB and 25MB of data remaining.

To preserve data, sign in to Wi-Fi where available.

Verizon recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its 4G LTE network. The service is now available in 196 markets, up from 38 at launch. PCMag gave the network high praise during our 2011 Fastest Mobile Networks test: "We found that Verizon's new 4G LTE network is much faster than other mobile Web options, with speeds that often exceed home Internet connections," PCMag analysts concluded.

AT&T's 4G LTE network went live in late 2011, adding 15 markets last year. In January, it was added to the New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. At this point, the network is operational in 28 markets. For more, see PCMag's Hands On With AT&T's 4G LTE Network in Boston.

As is usually the case, devices will drop to 3G where 4G is not available.




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