AT&T has added the iPad to the list of devices that use the Data Global Add-On Package for data roaming. If you're traveling to any of these countries where AT&T has a discounted rate plan in place, you'll need to buy one of the following packages -- preferably before you leave on your trip (all prices are US dollars):
- $24.99/month: 20 MB Data
- $59.99/month: 50 MB Data
- $119.99/month: 100 MB Data
- $199.99/month: 200 MB Data
How far will 20 MB of data get you? Take a look at this old post by TUAW blogger Erica Sadun for an idea of how quickly you can rip through 5 MB, and what happens when you start paying those overage fees. Her experience of spending $24 to look at a picture of a dog on Flickr will send chills of terror down your back.
Just to give you an indication of how expensive these rates really are, remember that the AT&T Unlimited 3G plan is only $29.95 a month. It's probably not a bad idea to think about using as little 3G data roaming as possible while overseas, and then use as much free Wi-Fi at coffee shops, bars, and hotels as you can. Your wallet will thank you.