iPad Pricing and 3G Data Plans
The iPad will be more expensive for Canadians. Here is a table that compares the pricing for Americans in US Dollars, then for Canadians in Canadian dollars, and then the pricing for Canadians adjusted for today’s exchange rate:
|Price in USD for US Consumers||Data Plans for 3G Models|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi + 3G|
|Price in CAD for Canadian Consumers|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi + 3G||Canadians|
|Price in USD for Canadian Consumers|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi + 3G|
Canadian iPads Are More Expensive Than American iPads
This means that Canadians are paying up to almost $40 more for an iPad than Americans (that’s an 8% premium).
Monthly Data Plans for iPad 3G Models
It’s also worth pointing out that Americans can get UNLIMITED data with AT&T for $5/month LESS than a 5GB/month option with Rogers. Both countries have a 250MB/month option at $15/month, but why the shafting on the top end plans? Now, I realize that most people would not use 5GB of data on an iPad, but the idea of not having the ability to NEVER worry about overages and to have that at a cheaper price to boot is a bummer for Canucks.
Game Changing Multi-Device, Single Data Plan Concept Ruined/Abandoned?
According to The Boy Genius Report, Apple Canada’s website had a small note indicating that for $20/month you could just add your iPad onto your existing data plan you had with a Rogers smartphone. The notion that you could have multiple devices on one data plan had leaked a few weeks ago and was heralded as being a game-changer, but that was when everyone thought it wouldn’t have a $20/month surcharge. Having said that, that note on Apple Canada’s website is now gone, and there is no official mention anywhere about a multi-device data plan. Talk about a missed opportunity. It would’ve been absolutely brilliant for Rogers had they offered the ability to use up data bandwidth from an existing monthly data plan for some other device.
Note that Wi-Fi iPads without 3G do not need monthly data plans at all.