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)