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3G iPad owners who use Netflix and other streaming apps to view video may soon be paying more for the privilege. Beginning on June 7, AT&T is changing its data plans and eliminating the unlimited data option.

The original iPad data plans came in two flavors: 250 megabytes for $15 or unlimited data for $30. Under the new plans, users will pay $15 a month for 200 megabytes of data or $25 a month for 2 gigabytes of data. Users who exceed their plans’ monthly limit will be charged an additional $15 per 200 megabytes or $10 per additional gigabyte, depending on their plan. Current AT&T customers will not be required to switch to the new plans.

According to CNN Money, “For Netflix subscribers using the new iPad app, 2 GB of data will only get them between six and 12 hours of streaming movies and TV shows, depending on the bit rate Netflix used . . . That works out to between three and six two-hour movies, or between four and eight one-and-a-half hour movies a month.”

AT&T is claiming that fewer than 2 percent of its customers use an average of 2 GB or more each month. Chris Riley, policy counsel for net neutrality advocate Free Press, says that won’t be the case for long:

“While AT&T asserts that its high-end 2 GB cap will only impact the heaviest users, the fact is that today’s heavy user is tomorrow’s average user,”

Insiders who own or plan to own a 3G iPad, what do you think of the new pricing plans? Will the 2 gigabyte plan be sufficient for your video viewing needs, or will these new plans cost you more in the long run?

(via CNN Money)

6 Responses to “New AT&T Data Plans Could Increase Video Streaming Costs”

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    andyg8180 [visitor]

    One thing to mention is that if you already have a data plan or get the data plan by midnite tonite, you will be grandfathered into the plan

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    Bill Noe [visitor]

    I was planning to buy an iPad 3G. I’m going to have to wait to see if Apple will provide other options (carriers).

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    Robin Collins [visitor]

    Let’s just put it this way, if it wasn’t PROFITABLE for AT&T they would NOT be changinf the plan.
    END OF STORY!!!!

  4. Member [Join Now]

    I would have already bought an Ipad but they weren’t available for a couple of weeks! I wanted it right then. Now I can’t get it in time and so I lose out on the unlimited plan! I do not like that At&t is doing this. I hate plans when you can’t get unlimited. Why don’t they just charge an extra $5.00 so we have a choice! Probably won’t be getting the Ipad now.

  5. Member [Join Now]

    I just heard about this from Lamar Wilson’s video on Youtube. This is just a big money making scheme. Now I’m glad that I don’t own an ipad or iphone

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    jordan [visitor]

    i didnt like this until i saw you can use your wifi and its not considered under the usage plan