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iPad vs. iPhone: what does 3G cost you?

Chris Ziegler
01.27.10
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With the announcement that the iPad would continue Apple's often-rocky relationship with AT&T to serve up wide-area data, we wanted to know: exactly what does an iPad cost you over the course of a couple years? Granted, the iPad doesn't support voice calling -- nor does it require a contract, unlike the iPhone -- but for anyone who uses an iPhone primarily for browsing and gaming, this could make for a serviceable alternative that saves money over the long term. Follow the break for the full rundown.




iPad

iPhone
Upfront cost 9 / 9 / 9 / 9 / 9
WiFi-only version available Yes (9 / 9 / 9) Yes (iPod touch - 9 / 9 / 9)
Voice calling capability No Yes
Contract required No Yes
Device unlocked Yes No
SIM standard microSIM SIM
Monthly cost for unlimited data .99
.99
Minimum cash outlay per month .99 .99
Minimum data cost over two years 9.76 0
Maximum data cost over two years 9.76 0
Minimum cash outlay over two years 8.76
Upfront cost $629 / $729 / $829 $99 / $199 / $299
WiFi-only version available Yes ($499 / $599 / $699) Yes (iPod touch - $199 / $299 / $399)
Voice calling capability No Yes
Contract required No Yes
Device unlocked Yes No
SIM standard microSIM SIM
Monthly cost for unlimited data $29.99
$29.99
Minimum cash outlay per month $14.99 $69.99
Minimum data cost over two years $359.76 $720
Maximum data cost over two years $719.76 $720
Minimum cash outlay over two years $988.76 $1,778.76
Maximum cash outlay over two years $1,548.76 $3,178.76
,778.76
Maximum cash outlay over two years
Upfront cost $629 / $729 / $829 $99 / $199 / $299
WiFi-only version available Yes ($499 / $599 / $699) Yes (iPod touch - $199 / $299 / $399)
Voice calling capability No Yes
Contract required No Yes
Device unlocked Yes No
SIM standard microSIM SIM
Monthly cost for unlimited data $29.99
$29.99
Minimum cash outlay per month $14.99 $69.99
Minimum data cost over two years $359.76 $720
Maximum data cost over two years $719.76 $720
Minimum cash outlay over two years $988.76 $1,778.76
Maximum cash outlay over two years $1,548.76 $3,178.76
,548.76
,178.76

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