iPad to come with 3G data alerts

Apple offered more details regarding the iPad's 3G capabilities, which will include alerts sent to users when they are about to exceed their 3G data allotment.

The iPad WiFi-only version goes on sale April 3, while the WiFi plus 3G version will become available at the end of April, and Apple began taking pre orders on the WiFi-enabled version on Friday. Apple is promising up to 7.2 Mbps over 3G and the device will switch between 3G and Wi-Fi depending on the quality of the connection, like the iPhone does.

Users can purchase a data plan via their iPads using a credit card. The two no-contract options available via AT&T include a $15 a month plan for 250MB or a $30 for unlimited use. Under the $15 plan, the iPad will issue three alerts when users are at the 20 percent, 10 percent and zero thresholds. With each pop-up alert, users can add another 250MB plan, switch to an unlimited plan or choose later.  

"If you have a business trip or vacation approaching, just sign up for the month you'll be traveling and cancel when you get back," Apple said on its website. "You don't need to visit a store to get 3G service. You can sign up, check your data usage, manage your account, or cancel your service--all from your iPad."

AT&T has indicated that it expects the majority of iPad users to connect via WiFi. The 3G/WiFi version of the iPad will sell for $130 more than a WiFi-only device so the prediction is that the WiFi-only device will be more appealing.

For more:
- see this PCMag article

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