It’s been a busy day in the tech world. First Facebook announces simplified privacy controls (it’s about time), then Apple’s stock price pushes the company’s market cap higher than that of Microsoft for the first time in history. But hold on to your mouse – it’s not over yet.
On the Canadian side of landscape, we have a new announcement from Bell:
iPad Data Plans
In case you were worried that Rogers would have the monopoly on the iPad the way they did for the first 3 years of the iPhone in Canada, you can now rest easy. Bell has just released the details of their data plans for the iPad. Stop me if this sounds familiar:
$15 for 250Mb
$35 for 5Gb
These monthly rates are non-contract, pre-paid fees that are billed directly to your credit card. Unfortunately these charges cannot be added to your Bell bill. So far, the package is identical to what Rogers is currently offering. But there are a few differences that might sway you one way or the other. First, Bell’s 3G network has a larger footprint than Rogers. Check the coverage maps and see if this will impact you based on where you think you’ll want to use the device most. Second, both of the Bell data plans give you complimentary and unlimited access to a growing network of Wi-Fi hotspots across the country including 700 Starbucks locations. On a related note, if you are already a Bell Internet subscriber, you have access to these hotspots right now.
The data plans can be canceled at any time and are available for purchase as of May 28th.
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