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I have a wifi mini, now im considering cellular. Opinions?

Discussion in 'iPad Mini Forum' started by Sonicrobby, Feb 8, 2013.

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What do you think?

  1. Wait for the iPad mini 2 with retina

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  2. Get the cellular mini now and drop the phone plan

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  1. Sonicrobby
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    Currently have my wifi iPad mini and loving it. I'm getting a good amount of cash back from taxes this year! And this happens to coincide with my new obsession: getting rid of the need for my phone. And Ive found a way to eliminate the need for it. [If you want details, read the next paragraph, if you want the gist of it, read the last paragraph]

    I use my mini way more than my iPhone, and I have the mini on me more than my phone, especially around the house. I tend to not notice missed calls and texts for hours because my phone is in another room. For me, the iPhone is the additional device I'm carrying around (just in case someone calls or texts me) while my mini is the main device. But lately I've discovered an app called millitalk, which can send and receive calls and texts with a unique cell number on a prepaid plan. Anyway, this app on the mini basically eliminates my need for a separate phone. The issue is I'd need cellular service in order to get the calls/texts when I'm away from a wifi zone.

    My phone contract is nearly up, so this is the perfect time to start considering my options. I'm planning on getting the new mini with cellular upon its release, but that probably won't be till October (rumors). So my question to you fellow users, should I wait till the mini 2 to go for the cellular? Or should I get the cellular mini 1 and cancel my phone plan now (which will definitely be saving me a lot of money)? And I know what you all are thinking, "first world problems..." But any advice you give will definite impact my decision! Thanks!
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    Decisions, decisions! That's a tough call-to me, I'd wait for the new version to come out and hope it has new guts in it! ;)

    You can do a poll from the website if you wish, by pressing the thread tool. See the pic below.


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    Have you checked out the MiFi? It can put cellular on a WiFi device, I think it might be compatible with iPad mini, something to look into.

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    I know what you mean, the thought of the retina display might be enough to make me wait. But it could be 8 months away, or even 3. Rumors rumors rumors, always impacting my decisions...

    And thanks! Got one up there now :]
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    I have thought of this option, and it had me considering it for a while, but I'm seeking more to eliminate the need to carry multiple devices is what got me to go against it.
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    Ok, Sir-I just voted! I had my eye on a mini myself when they first came out, but then other circumstances came about. So...I will wait for the new one to come to compliment my iPad 2. In the meantime, I will be picking up a MacBook Air tomorrow! ;)
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    Lucky! :) I'm really hurting for a MacBook Pro... :(

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    Yes, it's time to replace the desktop running wish less then 1 Gb of RAM!
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    Good for you, Ski. I'll be joining you soon, hopefully. I finally decided to go the MBA route, rather than the MBP. My main computer will still be at home so the Windows beast will give way to an iMac in the fullness of time.

    To get back to the question, I love having two compatible devices so, while I can see the sense in having one device and cramming all of my use into that one, I wouldn't get rid of my iPhone.
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    I would wait if at all possible. I'm hoping there will be more in the mini 2 than just a retina screen. More RAM and faster processor too.
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    You really don't need a cellular model. I've been using the mifi I bought from walmart for the past two months and it works great. And it's dirt cheap. The device is super thin and small and cost about $80. The best part is that you get the choice of two types of plans. With the $10 card you can either have 1.5GB for 30 days or 500MB for a year. The $20 card gives you 3GB for 30 days or 1.5GB for a year. And the $45 card gives you 8GB for 30 days or 4GB for a year. 500MB last me for almost two months using the mifi for around 20 minutes a day every day while at work (minis my days off of course) and that's more than enough for me. Never lost connections and the speed is always fast. As long as you just want to surf the internet and not download files, stream movies, or play games online than it's the perfect thing for you. I bet a $45 card will more than last me for a entire year. Highly recommend it.

    http://www.internet-go.com/
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    One of the advantages of the iPads with cellular capability is the inclusion of GPS. If you have a need for the iPad as a navigation tool, then the cellular model makes sense, even if you never use the cellular data capability.
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    This is true, I forgot about that.

    I think I made my decision to wait for the mini 2. I'm an impatient person, but I will need to force myself this time :[
    Thanks everyone for your input!
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    Hmm...I will have to look at this. I bought a virginMobile unit about a year and half ago and they increased the rates. I like the idea of being able to pay for a month or a year if you want to.

    Thanks for sharing this.
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    If you go the mifi route, try to get a Mifi that's on Verizon's network. I've had a Virgin Mobile mifi for 2 years and its gotten slower over time. I've heard Sprint has oversold their data so it makes everyone's slow. That said mifi's are incredibly convent. I have a Verizon hotspot now and it's 3G but I'm getting 2.5Mbps downloads and I was only getting 512kbps on Virgin.
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    If you jailbreak your phone you can tether your ipad to your phone anywhere you go....
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    Hi there,
    In my humble opinion get the wifi model and buy a $99 Sprint hotspot. It will offer cheaper data plans, and you will not have to choose which (flavor) of cellular model to buy, then find you are tied to their service. And if you do anyway, don't let them tell you that you can't get data service from another provider on their brand iPad. It just ain't so! And if you buy the wifi and a hotspot, you will save the premium Apple charges for Cellular models. The hotspots work seamlessly and you won't be able to tell the difference.
    Unkei
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    I think it depends on what cell company you have. I have verizon and tethering is free so I have no need to pay for a cellular iPad.
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    I bought the wifi model before Christmas. I gave it to my daughter for Xmas and bought the LTE model. I have Verizon and the hotspot from my phone was free but it would sometimes take a few minutes to connect. It was a pain to not know how long it was going to take. I love the mini I have now. I like idea of retina but I wonder what the battery life will be like. I have really good battery life with this one.

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