If you've preordered your new 4G-equipped iPad -- hopefully you have, since Apple is already experiencing shipping delays for some models -- and thought you were done spending, think again.
To put the updated iPad's 4G LTE network connectivity to use, you'll need a data plan, and, as would be expected, that's going to cost you a small monthly fee, after you've purchased your new 4G iPad ($629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, or $829 for 64GB units).
Apple currently lists data plans from both AT&T and Verizon up on its website.
AT&T will be offering monthly data plans of 250MB for $14.99, 3GB for $30, and 5GB for $50. Verizon will be selling monthly plans of 1GB for $20, 2GB for $30, and 5GB for $50. According to the Verge, Verizon will also offer a monthly data plan of 10GB for $80, though it's not listed on Apple's site.
So, is the 4G LTE network connectivity worth the extra buck for both the device and the data plan? If you're a frequent traveler, you might want to spring for it. According to Apple's website, an iPad equipped with both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity "keeps you connected to the Internet using a fast cellular data connection when Wi-Fi isn't available. So you can stay connected when you're commuting on the train, hanging out at the park, or looking for directions during a road trip."
Furthermore, if you purchase a Verizon version of the 4G iPad, you'll also be able to take advantage of the new iPad's mobile hotspot feature, which, according to 9to5Mac, will allow "you to share your data connection with up to five other Apple devices, but it will only be supported on certain carriers."
Currently, this hotspot feature is available only on tablets outfitted for Verizon's network. However, an AT&T spokesperson told The Verge, "We are working with Apple to enable this feature in the future, but we currently do not offer it."
More good news for Verizon customers opting for a 4G iPad: The mobile hotspot feature will be included in Verizon's tablet data plans and won't cost the user extra money, as Verizon spokesman Albert Aydin revealed to 9to5Mac.
If you're in the market for a 4G iPad, will you choose AT&T or Verizon? Let us know in the comments.
[Hat Tip: iLounge]
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