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AT&T announces Ipad roaming charges

Another opportunity to part fanbois from their cash
Tue May 04 2010, 11:21

US MOBILE OPERATOR AT&T has announced its Ipad data roaming tariffs.

The data prices will see fanbois, who shelled out $130 over and above the Ipad's already excessive pricing, pay at least $1 per megabyte if they outlay $200 for 30 days of data roaming. That figure increases slightly if punters opt for lower capacity packages. To compound matters, AT&T heaps that charge on top of asking for $30 every month for access to "unlimited" data on the Ipad.

While mobile operators gouging their customers with roaming charges is hardly new or exclusive to AT&T, given that the Ipad is being touted as a carry-everywhere device, one has to wonder how many fanbois can afford to pay at least $50 per month after splashing out $130 for a 3G radio.

Given that 'features' such as Iad are set to consume formidable amounts of bandwidth to display 'takeover' adverts, it shouldn't be too hard to surpass the measly bandwidth quotas AT&T is offering.

But of course Jobs' Mob doesn't care, after all the firm has a cosy agreement with AT&T to take a nice cut of the revenue its device generates for the mobile operator.

Whether users can disable Iad and other resource hogs when roaming is unclear at this point. Given that it is looking likely to represent a significant income generator, it's unlikely that Apple will want to sacrifice such a revenue stream, even though that will come at considerable financial expense of its flock of the faithful.

This foretells bad news for British Ipad buyers, who will learn how much of their hard earned cash will be parted from them by Jobs' Mob and its mobile operator cronies very soon.

Given that Jobs' Mob has managed to hook a million Ipad punters in the US alone, don't expect the operators to offer a fair deal as they look to cash in on fanbois blinded by the reflections on the Ipad's glossy screen. µ



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