New iPad Keeps Old Data Plan Prices

    March 8, 2012

Along with the retina display, the big news from Apple’s big media event yesterday was that the new iPad would be getting 4G LTE connectivity. The same two carriers who offered 3G data plans on the iPad 2 – Verizon and AT&T – will also be offering them for the new iPad. What’s more, it appears they’ll be offering them at the same price. According to the iPad pre-order page on the Apple Store website, data plan pricing appears unchanged, despite the upgrade from 3G to 4G. Check out the price lists below:

New iPad Data Plans

Both plans also retain the pay-as-you go pricing model, which means there still aren’t any contracts to sign and you can adjust your plan on a month-by-month basis as needed. It also looks like those who got the unlimited data plan with the original iPad in 2010 can still be grandfathered in with the new iPad. Of course, an “unlimited” data plan with AT&T doesn’t mean what it once did, since AT&T announced that they would throttle the connections of users who go over 3GB per month on 3G connections, and 5GB per month on 4G LTE.

Additionally, as we reported yesterday, the price points for the new iPad have also stayed the same. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model is still $499, with increases of $100 each for the 32GB and 64GB models, and a $130 increase for 4G LTE models.

New iPad Price Grid

Of course, the fact that the iPad now has 4G capability means that you can be certain the next iPhone (“the new iPhone“?) will have the same. We’ll have to wait and see if data plan prices stay the same on the 4G iPhone.

Will you be getting a 4G iPad? Are you surprised that the data plan prices are staying the same? Let us know in the comments.