New iPAD WITH CELLULAR

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    I've bought the 64GB iPad4 Wi-Fi, but the store made a mistake and gave me the Wi-Fi & Cellular pad. If I did want to add the card and use the cellular part, can I do it at odd times as and when, or will I be required to have an ongoing contract with a provider. If an ongoing contract in the UK, what is the lowest cost I can get away with?

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    You should be able to use a pre paid SIM card in your iPad. Contact your cellular provider for terms and costs.
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    Thanks scifan57, I have just spoken with my provider and a card can be purchasesd to go in the i-pad and from what was explained to me it only gets used if there is no Wi-Fi signal available to hook up with. I will be going into the store to check this out in more detail, but I appreciate the help.

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    I'm glad I could be of help.
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    Orange (EE) do a £10 month to month iPad deal with 2GB data which is decent for the price (no contract). Other carriers are available ;)
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    Thanks f4780y ................... sounds like a Darlek contact and I like real names. However, I am with Orange and when called I was told about this. Just a question, which I will be asking, is there, can the 'cellular connection' be controlled, or does it just jump in where no Wi-Fi is around. My thoughts were that I would first check if there was a Wi-Fi free connection and THEN decide if I wanted to go Cellular. Is that possible ?
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    In the iPad Settings, you have full control over Wifi, Cellular, etc. You only need to have it turned on when you want to. Airplane mode is also good to control that...

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    Thanks for that. Sigh of relief that my pennies are not being wasted. Great news.

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    This may sound like a stupid question, but the EE guy was not very forthcoming to the likes of me being a bit of a dummy on this subject. Can you give me any 'very rough' idea, if I buy a £10 card, how long 'time wise' it would run if it were constantly on surfing or viewing a film or you tube item. I believe it is charged at so muck per Mb, but that does not relate and a guidance to time would be helpful.

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    That's a question that can't really be answered, as there are too many variables involved. These would include, which sites you visited, whether or not you downloaded anything, how much streaming video you watch, etc..
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    Lets just say it was ALL streaming video from You Tube and nothing else. How long would the card last then?

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    That would depend on the strength of the connection and the quality of the video.
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    Not even a guestimate to be helpful ?
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    Without knowing the technical aspects of this case as well as the cellular carriers rates, there's no way to predict in advance what the cost will be. Have you thought about getting a pre-paid SIM card with as much data as you think you'll need? You can always purchase more data if necessary.
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    I have no idea what amount of data I need. The question relates to buying a pre-paid SIM card and it's an approximation of time that £10, or $10 is likely to allow if I was streaming a you-tube video. Is it likely to be one hour, 5 hours or more. Is there no way you can hazard a guess ?

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    I have a t mobile pay as you go you load credit same as Mobil phone.then you can pay for a day or a week. Or month. As a rule I think on you tube a days worth would give you two hours.then it goes slow.And when you let it laps i find it hard to get back in to the Paige you load credit from.
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    Well . .......... I asked in the EE (Orange) shop in Birmingham today and was told that if I streamed youtube videos all day, the worst scenario would be that a card loaded with £15 would last at least a week.

    If anyone knows that this is not correct or can actually offer some guidance rather than saying it cannot be calculated, it would be helpful. Thanks

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    Can you not just try it yourself to see what the estimate would be based on your use of streaming YouTube videos all day?
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    I don't use my 3G very much.but when I have it's £2 a day or it offers two days I think £3 or week £10.but I do no I can't stream content for long before it slows down to make it so you can just pick up email.
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    Thanks for your input. Sure, I can try it and most probably will do, but I would have thought there were many people on this site that have been using the cellular part and would have far more knowledge than me, who has only just started with my first i-pad and very little knowledge of mobile phones. It seems to be a bit of a mystery from the replies so far, which rather surprises me.
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