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.
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