In a much-hoped for move, Skype and Skype Out now work with 3G, at least on the iPhone and iPad. The bad news is that Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G will cost you money (after a free period that lasts through at least August, and maybe through the end of the year).
Say goodbye to our little friend, the unlimited 3G data plan for the iPad 3G + Wifi. Yes, it’s true, less than a month after rolling it out, AT and T has announced that they will be replacing the unlimited 3G data plan for iPad with a new, limited 3G data plan, known as the AT and T DataPro plan, effective Monday, June 7th. And the current $15.00 for 250MB per month plan has been reduced to 200MB per month under the new AT and T DataPlus plan. This means that if you are thinking of buying an iPad 3G, now is the time to do it, so that you can sign up for the unlimited data plan by Sunday.
Yes, we now have a 3G iPad, and yes, we will post our reviews of it, and about transferring data from one iPad to another, and about the differences between the iPad original and iPad wifi + 3G. But for now, we wanted to quickly answer the question burning on everyone’s mind: just what is it like to sign up for AT&T’s no contract 3G data plan, and is it really as easy as they claim, and does it work! We’ve included lots of screen shots.
In response to Verizon’s “There’s a map for that” ad campaign, which riffed on the iPhones “There’s an app for that” campaign, iPhone mothership AT and T sued Verizon. The primary legal basis for AT and T’s claims was that the Verizon “There’s a map for that” map showed Verizon’s 3G coverage compared to AT and T’s 3G coverage in the same area – AT and T’s 3G coverage in those areas was much more limited (naturally, otherwise Verizon wouldn’t be using it in an ad campaign), and AT and T was complaining that they still have voice and data services in those areas (just not 3G) and so viewers could be mislead into thinking that AT and T didn’t have any coverage (not just 3G coverage) in the regions depicted.
If you have an Apple iPhone 3G, then you are affected by the just-announced recall of all Apple iPhone 3G power adaptors! Apple announced over the weekend that they are recalling all of their Ultracompact USB Power Adaptors which were packaged with the new 3G iPhone, because the prongs can snap off while inside an electrical outlet, creating a hazard of shock.