Telstra announces 3G iPad data plans

Xavier Verhoeven
9 May, 2010
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Telstra has announced a number of pre-paid iPad 3G data plans just before the device becomes available for pre-order. There are currently no post-paid options for the iPad, though they could be introduced at a later date.

All plans have a 30 day expiry period, and do not require a contract. The ‘Pre-Paid SIM for Apple iPad Kits’ appear to cost $30 initially, and come with 1GB of data. However, if users activate their kit by 30 June 2010, they will receive an additional 2GB free.

Ongoing pricing is $20 for 1GB, $30 for 3GB, $60 for 6GB, $80 for 9GB and $100 for 12GB.

The plans offer quite good value for customers, considering the recent updates to post-paid data packs from Telstra only include 500MB of data for $20.

For low-medium users, these plans are cheaper than the AT&T options in the US, where US$14.99 only gets you 250MB. Though the US$29.99 option from AT&T does give feature unlimited data for a 30 day period.

There is no indication that the plans will offer the same integration as in the US, where customers can purchase and upgrade their plan directly on the iPad.

The kits will be available from Telstra Stores and selected partners, and customers can recharge using Bpay, or buy recharge vouchers at Telstra, Australia Post, Target, Big W, Dick Smith, Leading Edge Telecoms, WOW sight and sound, Woolworths, Safeway, Coles Fone Zone, K Mart, Retravision and Newslink.

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