March 4, 2011

Apple Announces Refund For 1st Gen iPad Buyers

Apple will refund $100 to customers who purchased a first-generation iPad at one of its retail stores or through its online store in the two weeks prior to yesterday's iPad 2 release, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Customers who purchased their tablet device online must call Apple to receive their refund, while those who bought their iPad in stores must bring in their receipt.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company also reduced the price of its first-generation iPads by $100.

Meanwhile, AT&T said on Thursday that it is offering a new monthly billing option for iPad and iPad 2 customers.  The plan offers subscribers a new way to pay for data services, which can reduce the costs of exceeding their monthly data limit.

Until now,  AT&T Inc. has offered iPad customers "prepaid" plans, under which subscribers pay in advance for service by the month, apart from any other AT&T bills.

However, AT&T said it would begin billing for each month's service, or simply add the fee to a phone bill.

Although the "postpaid" plans cost the same as the "prepaid plans", $15 or $25 per month depending on data usage, customers on the new $25 plan will be charged $10 for each additional 1 gigabyte of data usage.  That equates to $20 for every 2 gigabytes of data used, compared with $25 on the "prepaid" plan.

The charges will show up on subscribers' monthly statement, AT&T said.

Although postpaid plans typically require a two-year contract, this new billing option does not require a contract and can be canceled at any time.


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