AT&T is eliminating the unlimited data plan it offers for the Apple iPad. Going forward, this carrier is going to offer a slightly less expensive plan that offers 2 GB of data each month.
Some versions of the iPad are able to connect to AT&T’s 7.2 Mbps 3G network. Previously, customers have had the option of paying $15 for 250 MB of data or $30 for a month of unlimited data. After a change that goes into effect next week, the carrier will offer 2 GB of data transfers a month for $25.
Those who are already getting unlimited service for $25 a month will be able to continue to do so, or they can switch to the new plan.
During the time customers have purchased 3G service, they also have access to all of AT&T’s Wi-Fi hotspots.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the netbook. It’s a device that packs more functionality than a smartphone, but is also more portable than a laptop.
Since it lacks a built-in physical keyboard, users enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel, capacitative touchscreen while on the go. Apple also offers a Keyboard Dock for typing, plus the iPad will support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The tablet computer runs the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and comes with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
The iPad is also able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the 5,000 apps created specifically for the device. In addition, it is able to access the iTunes Store to buy music, TV shows, movies and games. A new iBooks app lets users buy and read books.
All versions have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and some can connect to 3G cellular-wireless data networks.
The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, and Apple promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.