Jun 2, 2010

First Sign of the AT&T-OCALYPSE

I have been trying to come up with reasons to justify dropping a grand or more on an iPad ever since it came out. The Pros would be that I could lay on the couch with my dog while surfing the web or working on this blog, watching a movie while I take a crap, making people jealous of my material possessions, and giving my meatpaws a larger surface area to work with. The Cons would be that it would result in another monthly payment, it's basically a larger version of something I already have, I really don't need one, and there is a high probability that I would accidentally destroy it. I have yet to see one in person and I am afraid to make the trip down to the nearest Apple store because I am afraid this will make me want to escalate it to the top of my List of Stuff to Buy. My interest level of buying an iPad has gone back and forth between "no interest whatsoever" to "I need this in my life right now."

After the announcement by AT&T today that it will be doing away with the Unlimited Data Plan as of June 7th, my interest level dropped faster than oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The new plans they have in place will mean that I will have to spend more money to do the things that I would want to do on the iPad if I bought one.

According to an article on MobileCrunch,

The new plans will come in two flavours: the 200MB DataPlus plan for $15 per month, and the 2GB DataPro plan for $25 per month. If you go over your allowed usage, data will be charged at $15 per 200MB on the DataPlus, and $10 per GB on the DataPro.

The incentive to drop $1000 on 200 Chipotle burritos VS buying an iPad grows stronger and stronger.