Did a little research myself on IPAD 2 as I wanted to purchase 2 iPAD 2 for myself and wife. I was thinking of getting the WiFi + 3G plan. The fact there is no "unlimited plan" and AT&T and Verizon only offer usage rates gave me a pause so am holding back until I hear more on this and would love to hear your thoughts/analysis. Here is the information I have found out.
Keep in mind that if you get WiFi product, then you do not need to worry about this. If you plan to get WiFi + 3G product, then it could become worrisome. Here’s why. Before I go on, keep in mind, signing with either AT&T or Verizon does NOT lock you to a two-year term. So you can switch to other if u think other is cheaper in the long run.
First check out Money’s analysis the link below.
"..there are a total of eight different AT&T and Verizon plans that you can choose from, each with a different set of data caps and overage charges."
"A data plan with a 250 megabyte cap gets you about 1,300 Web pages, 400 photo downloads, 60 songs, 14 YouTube videos, or about an hour of Netflix videos. A 1 gigabyte plan gets you 6,500 Web pages, 2,000 photos, 300 songs, 65 YouTube videos or between three and six hours of Netflix viewing."
3 to 5 hours of Netflix movie uses up 1 GB, so don’t watch too many movies using the 3G network – better with WiFi if you can find it.
Now more to our needs. Why not simply just stay with WiFi only? Can do that, but the problem is if later you see 3G turning into 4G or 6G, and would be lot faster than WiFi. WiFi product can’t change over to WiFi + 3G; that’s why they are selling separately. Darn. I would love just to test WiFi, and if that does not meet my need, then upgrade to WiFi + 3G. Nope, can’t do that – at least that’s my understanding. If me wrong, feel free to correct me. Also, some large cities have abundance of WiFi, then the choice would be easy. Other cities not so plentiful so choice should be WiFi + 3G product? If you stay home all the time, then WiFi alone should suffice if u already have wireless network at home/work.
Sorry to digress..but here are some interesting and a bit bothersome analysis.
Let’s say you want 2 GB plan for $25 a month with AT&T.
"A video conversation consuming 320kbps in each direction – 640kbps total – will run into the 5gb cap in 18 hours 38 minutes. That’s an average of 36 minutes per day over a 31 day month." This one is from a Convo staff’s analysis.
To hit the 2 GB cap, it would only take 7 hours 27 minutes. That’s a little less than 15 minutes a day. Hmm we have 30 days a month. AT&T and Verizon must think a day equals a month.
Now keep in mind that is for 3G product. Also, note 320 kbps is the low end of speed; many video phones are higher like 512 kbps which means will gobble up even more memory.
Remember if you have access to WiFi, usage won’t count against you.
Anyway, so if you use 3G product for browsing, viewing You Tube (just watch 10 minutes of HD video clip will use up 2 GB right there), email, texting, and watching movie, you will pay a penny more than you want to.
Minimal use of 3G, AT&T plan is better, use lot of 3G, Verizon is better with $80 a month per 10 GB. Yike, that may still not be enough for us deafies who will use lot of video chats.
So what do you think, folks? Be prolific in your thoughts.
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