Apple-AT&T Settlement Means Original iPad 3G Customers Get Windfall

You might be in for some money if you were one of the original owners of an iPad 3G with an AT&T data plan.

In September, a court approved a settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T. The suit said the companies failed to meet customer expectations regarding advertised data plans for the original, 3G-capable iPad. At launch, Apple advertised a $29.99 per month unlimited data plan through AT&T, only to be discontinued by AT&T two months later for one that was capped, MacRumors reported.

Claim forms are now going out to customers bought an original iPad WiFi + 3G on or before June 7, 2010. They must be returned by Feb. 3, 2014, if customers want to be part of the settlement. Final terms of the settlement must still be approved by the court.

All U.S. customers who bought the original 3G-capable iPad will be eligible for $40 from Apple, the settlement reads. If you bought an affected device but did not activate a data plan, then you’re also eligible for a $20 discount (for one year) on AT&T’s 5 GB iPad data plan, which normally sets you back $50 per month.

On the claim form, you must say that the ability to switch in and out of the unlimited data plan factored into the decision to purchase the iPad with 3G network connectivity. You must also provide a serial and IMEI number for the device so you can be credited with the data-plan benefit.  

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