The Australian Communication Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is urging customers to use pre-paid micro-SIM cards for their iPad to avoid bill shock.
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ACCAN’s Director Policy and Campaigns, Elissa Freeman said, “The iPad and similar new-generation devices offer exciting new possibilities for consumers. 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,” added Freeman.
Telstra and Optus have both announced they will be offering pre-paid plans, while Vodafone and 3 are expected to reveal its iPad plans in the next coming days.
ACCAN advised that early iPad adopters should steer well clear of post-paid plans until they get used to the new devices.
“Post-paid plans, even those with names like ‘Unlimited’ and ‘Cap’, generally have a data usage limit and consumers are charged at a much higher rate for data if they exceed it,” concluded the ACCAN.