WiFi + or - Cellular

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  1. MrData

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    I am planning on buying an iPad Air with WiFi. If, in the future, I want to use cellular to connect would I just plug in a SIM and set up an account with a wireless company or would I have to change the network card or something like that.
    Does WiFi only just mean the iPad doesn't come packaged with a cellular contract.
     
  2. s2mikey

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    Wifi only means that you can NOT ever use the iPad with cellular data since it will be lacking the hardware. You'd have to buy an iPad that is cell data ready. Like I did. Usually, you can change carriers even though you have to select a carrier at the time of purchase. I chose AT&T and have been very pleased with the service thus far.
     
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    :) Thanx -- that's what I thought would be the case, just wanted to make sure.
     
  4. Serdar

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    Wi-Fi because I use ipad in my office :)
     
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    If you have iPhone you can set it as a hot spot with most carriers, save $$$ on purchase of iPad, save extra equipment on cell account


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    Did that for a while with my iPad 2. Hated it. One of the pleasures of taking your iPad mobile is how quickly you can start using it. Reading the forum on the bus, checking your social networks for a few minutes at the park (in the middle of a walk), or even browsing while you catch a meal at Subways.

    All of these things become a hassle if you have to take out your iPhone, turn on the hotspot, then wait for the iPad to connect. You might just as well settle for the smaller screen on the iPhone.

    The hotspot experience with an iPad is a lot like the old laptop and hotspot combo. Fine, if you are going somewhere without wi-fi to sit and work for several minutes to an hour; but too much trouble for quick, casual usage.

    That would go double for an iPad Mini. What's the point in having an extra-portable device that can't be used anywhere you go, instantly?

    To me the extra $130 device cost and extra $10 per month carrier fee (to add it to my existing data plan) is well worth the savings in time and convenience.

    Not that I expect every one to agree. Different folks, different. . .
     
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    So true Mr. Twerppoet ... My next iPad will be a wifi/cellular one for all the reasons you listed!! :)
     
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    Didn't look at it from that direction. But you have me rethinking it. Thanks for thAt


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    It is good to purchase a new iPad there you need to have good connect, I have personal Experience of using xxsim that is wonderful. It is roaming free around the globe. you can connect with family with friends without any roaming charges.
     
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    My last two iPads have been cellular models. The main reason is that (just like twerppoet) my cell provider allows me to share my 5GB/mo phone data plan for an extra $10 mo.

    Is the 10 bucks worth it?

    Yes... Again, like twerpoet, I find turning tethering on and off as required, and/or sniffing around for WiFi hot spots in order to access the net is a pain. On top of that, our local LTE service is at least 10X faster than most of the free WiFi hot spots in the places I normally visit. The extra speed makes mobile surfing away from home a much more pleasant experience.

    One more thing... The Cellular iPad has a built in GPS receiver and the WiFi only version does not. If you ever plan on using Navigation apps, you should go with the Cell model.

    I use an app called GPS Drive. (I do have a Garmin Nuvi GPS, but I only use it as a backup. I much prefer the great big iPad screen for navigation)
     
    #10 jwt873, Aug 29, 2014
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