It is always a hard decision when traveling internationally on how much bandwidth to buy on the iPad international plan. It is very costly at a dollar or more per megabyte. However, for now at least, buy the smallest plan and use as much as your US plan will allow. I have the AT&T iPad unlimited plan and therefore for an extra $24.99 per month I can get unlimited international minutes!
I am not sure if this is true for any other country except for Canada. However, I have verified it on my two trips and have heard from another person that he experienced the same behavior.
In May I tried to connect to the cellular network in Canada without buying an international plan. That did not work. While at a hotspot in Yellowknife I signed up for the 20MB plan. At the time I had the 200MB US plan. While I was in Canada, I watched my US data plan continue to decrease in available bandwidth while the International plan stayed at 20MBs. Once my US plan was depleted the international plan started ticking down. When I returned to the US I had to replenish my US data plan even though […]