The Australian Communication Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is strongly advising consumers to opt for a pre-paid plan when buying an iPad 3G in Australia to avoid what they are calling “bill shock” experienced by 3G smartphone owners hit with excess data usage charges.
ACCAN says early iPad adopters should steer well clear of post-paid plans until they get used to the new devices. ACCAN Director of policy & campaigns Elissa Freeman says post-paid plans, even those with names like ‘unlimited’ and ‘cap’, generally have a data usage limit and consumers charged at a much higher rate for data if they exceed it.
“The iPad and similar new-generation devices offer exciting new possibilities for consumers,” Elissa says. “But to avoid getting an ‘iShock’, we’re strongly advising consumers opt for a pre-paid plan for at least the first three months until they get a feel for how much data they’re using.
“Anyone using a 3G iPad on a post-paid plan essentially has access to a loaded gun of credit. While you’re absorbed in checking out what your iPad can do, you’re in danger of going over your data usage limit and facing a huge bill.”
So how are you setting up your iPad? If you’ve got one already did you opt for pre-paid or did you go post-paid? Is the ACCAN’s concern warranted?
Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi)