I have searched all over and I can't find a straight answer to this question. I have an iPad 2 3G on Verizon. Today I turned off my wifi, turned on the data services so the little Verizon bars showed up in the upper left corner, I did not enter my credit card info or pay for any service. When I tried to find my iPad on MobileMe it just said "looking..." forever and did not find it. As soon as I turned wifi back on ... Boom it was found.
This tells me I need to activate the data service in order to use "find my iPad" ... Here are my questions:
1. Let's say I activate the Verizon service for a month, then, when the month is up, I deactivate it but leave my credit card info in the system... Will, I be able to find the iPad on MobileMe while Verizon 3G is deactivated?
2. Would I be able to go to Verizon's website and pay for my plan for that month thus remotely turning 3G on?
3. In order for this to work would I need to leave the 3G on all of the time?
4. Will leaving 3G on all the time, even if not in use or activated, cause my battery to empty faster?
I'm mostly concerned about theft. I'd like to be able to use my 3G like lojack... I use my iPad on the subway in NYC, and although I sit far away from the doors and tether the case to my book bag I accept that I'm at risk for snatching. So, I'm doing everything I can to minimize that possibility.
Anyone have answers to these questions?