PDA

View Full Version : Vodafone and 3 mobile Announce Data Plans for iPad



MTBlogBot2000
26th May 2010, 09:03 AM
<img src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/th_vodafone1_gallery__240x160-90x60.jpeg" alt="" title="th_vodafone1_gallery__240x160-90x60" width="90" height="60" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-7072" />Vodafone and 3 have left it late to announce their iPad data pricing, but like the saying goes, it's better late than never. Pricing is very competitive as usual, particularly on 3. There's even an unlimited download option for $50.

<strong>Vodafone Pre-paid Plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G</strong>
250MB - $9.95
1GB - $14.95
4GB - $29.95
UNLIMITED - $49.95

<strong>3 mobile Pre-paid Plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G</strong>
500MB + 1GB bonus data for iPad customers - $15
2GB + 2GB bonus data for iPad customers - $29
3 mobile pre-paid plans include a 200MB one-time bonus when activated online.

<a href="http://www.three.com.au/cs/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=Three/Page/ThreeLayout&cid=1236150533516">Three's website is here with details.</a>
<a href="http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/ipad/index.htm">Vodafone's website is here with details.</a>

<strong>The full press release below: </strong><!--more-->

<em>SYDNEY - May 26, 2010 - Vodafone and 3 mobile will offer dedicated data plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in Australia beginning May 28. Customers can choose from pre-paid or monthly data plans, providing great value and flexibility.

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.

"Vodafone and 3 are bringing consumers the best value iPad data plans, with the best $15 plan from 3 and Australia's only truly 'unlimited data' plan on Vodafone - so consumers can spend as much time as they like doing what they love online," Nigel Dews, CEO of VHA. "Vodafone and 3's iPad plans are simple, affordable and packed with unbeatable value."

Vodafone Pre-paid Plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G
250MB - $9.95
1GB - $14.95
4GB - $29.95
UNLIMITED - $49.95

3 mobile Pre-paid Plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G
500MB + 1GB bonus data for iPad customers - $15
2GB + 2GB bonus data for iPad customers - $29
3 mobile pre-paid plans include a 200MB one-time bonus when activated online.

All iPad 3G data plans include a free Micro SIM Starter Pack, limited to one per customer. Plans above are for a term of 30 days. For information on longer term or month-to-month price plans, please visit - http://www.vodafone.com.au/ipad or http://www.three.com.au/ipad</em>

Bogus Jimmy
26th May 2010, 09:17 AM
Can someone explain what the deal is the "Bonus data for iPad customer"? Aren't these plans for iPad customers?

decryption
26th May 2010, 09:18 AM
Can someone explain what the deal is the "Bonus data for iPad customer"? Aren't these plans for iPad customers?

Kinda - they're 3's default mobile broadband rates, plus an extra bonus for iPad customers.

Bogus Jimmy
26th May 2010, 09:24 AM
So 3 are basically screwing over their regular Pre-Paid customers but making it a little more obvious that the other carriers? Nice.

decryption
26th May 2010, 09:26 AM
So 3 are basically screwing over their regular Pre-Paid customers but making it a little more obvious that the other carriers? Nice.

Correct, hah

It's still really weird that all the telcos are offering special pricing to iPad customers, I mean, why not just make it one rate for everyone and introduce new SIM cards that are Micro and Mini SIM (with different perforations to push the card out if you need a Micro or a Mini).

Bogus Jimmy
26th May 2010, 10:31 AM
introduce new SIM cards that are Micro and Mini SIM (with different perforations to push the card out if you need a Micro or a Mini).

Genius!

iTrooper
26th May 2010, 10:39 AM
So what do you folks reckon is the best plan out of the lot?

decryption
26th May 2010, 10:44 AM
So what do you folks reckon is the best plan out of the lot?

Depends on so many things - however, as long as you avoid Optus, I think you'll be fine.

iTrooper
26th May 2010, 10:46 AM
Bad experience with Optus I gather?

Telstra is pricey, but the only upside to them is they have the best network. With Vodaphone and 3, the signal might be iffy depending where you are.

But they do have nicer plans I guess.

itsross
26th May 2010, 11:13 AM
No postpaid plans? Still hope for a subsidised iPad plan down the track?

Douglas Bailey
26th May 2010, 11:14 AM
Usage:

Vodafone: "Usage is calculated in per MB increments."

Three: "Usage is calculated in per kb increments."

Optus: "The first 30MB of usage per day will be charged at 10MB. Usage after this will be counted in 10MB increments and includes both uploads and downloads."

Telstra: I haven't found yet. (Even though I already have their Micro-SIM pack!)

tcn33
26th May 2010, 11:27 AM
All their existing prepaid data is by the kilobyte (see http://www.telstra.com.au/customerterms/docs/mobileprepaid.pdf) so hopefully the iPad plans are the same.

ruegen
26th May 2010, 11:57 AM
UNLIMITED - $49.95


Too bad I don’t get coverage :(

OziMac
26th May 2010, 12:31 PM
Here's the question - when are they available to pick up in store?

I'm actually really liking the Vodafone $150/12GB/12 month one - I have the same credit on my 3 dongle, but naturally until they reconcile the networks I'll take Vodafone's coverage.

Then again, it's a massive double dip for the telcos, given I and many others already mobile broadband dongles (prepaid or otherwise) and iPhone data plans. Bit annoying that bandwidth can't be applied across products.

Thrymr
26th May 2010, 01:01 PM
I mean, why not just make it one rate for everyone and introduce new SIM cards that are Micro and Mini SIM (with different perforations to push the card out if you need a Micro or a Mini).

It's the "new thing". The carriers are probably looking to milk this marketing cow for all it's worth until micro-SIMs become more ubiquitous. ;)

Thrymr
26th May 2010, 01:02 PM
All their existing prepaid data is by the kilobyte (see http://www.telstra.com.au/customerterms/docs/mobileprepaid.pdf) so hopefully the iPad plans are the same.

It's by the KB. I just confirmed it via the starter kit's T&C.

Douglas Bailey
26th May 2010, 02:53 PM
It's by the KB. I just confirmed it via the starter kit's T&C.

Sorry - which clause? I have the T&C that came with the "Telstra Pre-Paid Micro-Sim for Apple iPad(R)" and I just don't see it.

tom5955
26th May 2010, 03:48 PM
Do we know if any telco supports recharging from within the settings app on the iPad?

gikku
26th May 2010, 03:56 PM
...:D

gikku
26th May 2010, 04:10 PM
$15 = 2GB


If you're excited about the launch of iPad, then you'll be excited to hear about our exclusive Month by Month data plans for iPad - especially created for our existing 3 contract customers!
Existing customers get more data

http://images.mes2.com/vha/vha0270/images/lockup1.gif

sooo, if I put one of these sims in a real phone, with converter, wondering what the call costs would come through as, eg. in the past, the usb dongles where on hot for 3 plans providing 500 minutes of 3to3

leoleakey
26th May 2010, 04:30 PM
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/2249/screenshot20100526at427.png

ohh 29 for 5GB

mobilemojo
27th May 2010, 10:46 AM
Do we know if any telco supports recharging from within the settings app on the iPad?

Vodafone site talks about recharging through a Vodafone iPad app. Not yet sure of how it integrates with the settings app.


For a complete review of how the various iPad plans stack up - iPad available for pre-order now (update: Vodafone and Three plans) — Phones and Plans blog (http://blog.phonesandplans.com.au/2010/05/10/ipad-available-for-pre-order-now/)

skritter
29th May 2010, 08:15 PM
Vodafone say they charge Pre-paid data out in session rate of MB (not kb).

So does that mean if I get my email to check every 15 min, that is 4MB/hour or 96M/day or 2800MB/month (2.8GB)?

ruegen
29th May 2010, 08:34 PM
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/2249/screenshot20100526at427.png

ohh 29 for 5GB

I see how they placed the larger number & price ($15) before the smaller number and gb (2GB). Usually I see that 2gb will cost you or "=" $15, not $15 = 2GB. Do you think they meant that?

Foxtrot27
1st June 2010, 08:53 PM
[QUOTE=Douglas Bailey;976477]Usage:

Vodafone: "Usage is calculated in per MB increments."
Three: "Usage is calculated in per kb increments."
Optus: "The first 30MB of usage per day will be charged at 10MB. Usage after this will be counted in 10MB increments....

I think you hit the spot Doug, incremental usage is a big issue. How can Optus justify 10MB increments is beyond me, and I think many average users will be hard done by Optus's fine print.

OziMac - yeah, agreed, the Vodafone 12GB/1 year for $150 looks good, and was the deal I ended up getting. Firstly, 1MB increments was not too bad considering my use will be mainly via Wifi, and Vodafone coverage outside of Melbourne is much better than "3". (Thanks for your tip Poedgirl!)

Yes, I also agree that Telstra's network (on my iPhone) seems much better than Vodafone (on my iPad).

Fox!