WiFi or cellular Mini? What did you purchase...?

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  1. y2kgtp

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    I am trying to make a decision on what to get.

    We currently use Verizon, so I could just add a LTE iPad Mini to our account of shared Data. My other option is just to get a WiFi model, and tether it to my iPhone. This feature is currently free with my current plan as just uses the shared data pool.

    If Verizon would be able to support Voice + Data simultaneously, this would be a non-issue. However I would use this tablet to supplement my capability for working away from my office, so I don't need to drag my Laptop out with me all the time.

    "Here, let me hang up with you so I can use the internet, then call you back."

    I think it comes down to convenience vs cost, as most things do.

    I also fret over purchasing 2 LTE iPad Mini's for about a grand, then have it upgraded by Apple earlier than expected. However I really could use the mobility now, then later this year.
     
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    I purchased a wifi only model, and to honest I kind of regret it. Like you, I would rather not have to depend on another device to tether the Internet. So in wifi vs LTE, I would say go with the LTE models. As for when, if you can I'd say wait till at least mid or the end of April before a purchase, just in case apple does another 6 month refresh of the iPads. But if you need them now, I recommend purchasing from the apple refurb store to save some money. (Link below)

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad/ipad_mini
     
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    I went with cellular. i do have Personal Hotspot on my iphone, but it can kill battery. I figured the big point about the Mini was its portability anyway- so cellular to me is more important than storage.
     
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    I got the wifi mini cause I'm almost always in a hotspot. Have not regretted it...
     
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    Cellular. Mini's battery larger than phone battery...doesn't make sense to hotspot off phone. Also, cellular has the gps chip inside.
     
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    I bought WiFi only, but I'm beginning to regret it. I find myself tethering my Mini to my cell phone more and more, which kills the phone's battery. My next iPad will definitely have cellular!

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    Pretty much decided it's worth it to me to have the cell model. I want to be able to make a phone call and use the internet for work, if needed.
     
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    How are you able to make phone calls on an ipad (w/cellular)? Is there an app for that?

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    By not killing the phone with tethering. But yeah, millitalk, talkatone and other apps can make phone calls from the ipad
     

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