AT&T unveils hefty international iPad data roaming rates

AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) laid out its international data roaming rates for Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad 3G, and while steep, they are in line with what iPhone users have paid.

The rates, as reported by AppleInsider, were confirmed by an AT&T spokeswoman, who also noted that the roaming rates are "consistent with international data options for iPhone." The plans (for use within more than 90 countries) break down as follows:

  • $24.99/month: 20 MB
  • $59.99/month: 50 MB
  • $119.99/month: 100 MB
  • $199.99/month: 200 MB

Like all of the iPad's 3G data plans, the roaming plans are prepaid and month-to-month, allowing users to sign up and stop renewing the plans whenever they wish. The 3G version of the iPad went on sale this weekend, and, although unconfirmed by Apple, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3G devices between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, including 52 days of pre-orders.

In other iPad news, it seems that an oversight on the part of some video playback application developers was the source of some issues users experienced with streaming video applications over AT&T's 3G network. According to Apple's application guidelines, app developers "must include a low quality stream of no more than 64 Kbps for your app to resort to when network conditions demand it, along with the higher quality streams you want to deliver to your customers when the network can support it." One developer, ABC, has updated its application to reflect the requirements.

For more:
- see this AppleInsider post
- see this MacNN post
- see this Engadget post
- see this Silicon Alley Insider article

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