With a crisp display that is four times better than the iPad 2 Apple has proven once again with the New iPad that the company isn’t afraid to jump ahead of itself with great leaps. Unfortunately for users that jump may be more than wireless carriers are willing to work around.
It has recently been discovered by various wireless carrier users that their data plans are being destroyed because of the Apple’s attention to high definition and the new iPad’s integration with 4G LTE technology.
The Wall Street Journal revealed the data seep as a March Madness viewer reported going through their entire 2GB monthly data allowance while watching just one two hour basketball event. His mom on her new iPad 3 did the same, this time while using a baby monitor app to keep an eye on her sleeping grandchild.
Those users and countless others pay $30 per month for 2GB and then $10 more for each additional gigabyte used for that specific billing period.
Verizon has so much as confirmed that a 4G connection via HD quality video streaming eats through 2 gigabits in just one hour.
By combining a super crisp display that broadcasts in HD users are left pulling in far more data which in turn raises their bill. Even non-HD broadcasts can kill a users plan. For example, stream over a 3G link and you’ll spend around 300 megabytes per hour, stream that same data over LTE and you’re looking at 650 megabyte per hour.
At this point it looks like wireless carriers will have to rethink the way they operate their 4G networks or they will quickly become inundated with angry calls from confused customers.
Do you think 4G users should receive a higher data limit given the extra data required to run on a 4G connection?