It’s early Sunday morning, and as I scan through my news feeds it’s clear that the iPad 3 is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. As it should be I suppose, since Apple’s media event is scheduled for Wednesday. And the even though I’m not one of the elite media outlets (far from it in fact), I do have the luxury to write about the iPad 3 and keep the latest rumors alive and active on the web – next best thing I suppose.
This morning was actually the first time I saw a layout of the pricing models onthe iPad 3. And by looks of things, you have the same six pricing models we see with the current iPad 2. Those six models consist of the three different data capacities (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB) along with the matching WiFi only or ‘WiFi & data enabled’ versions. With the flavor of data on the new iPad 3 expected to be 4G LTE on both AT&T and Verizon.
Ok, let’s get to the rumored pricing breakdown for the iPad 3 (or the iPad HD, or the iPad 2s, or whatever it’s going to be called…):
iPad 3 WiFi Only:
- 16GB: $499
- 32GB: $599
- 64GB: $699
iPad 3 with WiFi & 4G LTE:
- 16GB: $629
- 32GB: $729
- 64GB: $829
Do these prices look familiar? They should because they are the exact some pricing models for the iPad 2. So basically, nothing changing with the iPad 3 pricing, according to the latest reports anyway.
Now the data plans coming from AT&T and Verizon can get a bit confusing, and they are definitely not common knowledge to the average iPad owner. So here’s a quick breakdown for those you looking to chose what data plan fits your budget:
AT&T iPad 3 data plan pricing:
- 250 megabytes for $14.99 per month
- 3GB for $30 per month
- 5GB for $50 per month
- Overage on the 250 megabyte plan: $14.99 for an additional 250 megs
- Overage on GB plans: $10 per additional 1GB
- 2GB for $30 per month
- 5GB for $50 per month
- 10GB for $80 per month
- Overage on any GB plan: $10 per additional 1GB
** Disclaimer – this is all speculation at this point since nothing official has been released from Apple, AT&T, or Verizon. These pricing models are what you’d get currently if you purchased the iPad 2 from one of these carriers.
At first glance of the pricing models for the iPad 3, my thought is that Verizon has an easier structure to understand. However, if I’m looking for the most economical plan, then AT&T is the obvious choice because I’m spending only $14.99 for 250mb of data. However, it’s a costly mistake to exceed the allotted 250mb of data because I’m going to be paying another $14.99 for only an additional 250mb – definitely not something I want to be doing.
If it looks even remotely possible that I may go over the 250mb plan on AT&T, then the 3GB model is the most economical choice. And what’s interesting as well is that Verizon is charging the same amount ($30 per month) for 1GB of data less than AT&T’s $30 per month plan.
Regardless of what the data packages cost at AT&T and Verizon, I don’t foresee it slowing down the feeding frenzy that’s about to take place on Apple’s new iPad.
What do you think?