If you are in the market for an iPad LTE you might want to head over to AT&T, as they are offering a discount of $100 off the price of the device, but you have to take it out with a two year contract for data.
AT&T knocks $100 off iPad LTE
This is the first time ever that the iPad LTE has been subsidised by a US carrier; however it is something that they regularly do with iPhones and other handsets. If you don’t want to take out a contract then you have to pay the full price for the iPad of course.
iPads have always been sold for full price in the past, with data plans on a monthly basis, with all of the carriers in the US. However starting from Friday, you can get your hands on the tablet with a data contract of 2 years on AT&T. Sprint, along with Verizon are not offering this as they have chosen to remain with the month to month model.
The deal means that you can pick up the 16GB version of the iPad for $529 as opposed to $629. The two year contract costs around $15 per month for 250MB of data, which comes to $360. This means that you don’t break even, bear in mind that plans on AT&T go up to $50 per month for 5GB.
If you only want coverage by cellular on the odd occasion you may wish to do the math. However if you already have a handset with AT&T, you can add on the iPad to a mobile share plan for another $10 each month.
The offer from the carrier doesn’t just relate to the iPad. It applies to every tablet that AT&T have on the shelf. This includes the Galaxy Tab 8.9 from Samsung, the Pantech Element and the HTC Jetstream. However bear in mind that some of these tablets are only showing up as being refurbished units at the moment.