I want to get a new iPad with 3G. Thoughts on who has the best service?
I only have wifi
Grow up, r2...JERK!
I've only used the Wifi, OP.
Question is useless without stating where you live.
With AT&T, which uses the GSM mobile data standard common in the rest of the world, you can roam on international networks while travelling. AT&T's international data plans are not cheap, but now that its GSM competitor T-Mobile is offering global data at no additional charge, it will be interesting to see if AT&T feels some pressure in that area.
Verizon and Sprint use the CDMA mobile standard, which is less common in other countries. You can use a Verizon iPhone abroad, but you have to buy a local SIM card. I assume (and may have no idea what I'm talking about!) that a Verizon iPad may have a similar limitation.
^Before anyone chimes in that "CDMA phones don't use SIM cards!", I realize now that I was thinking in pre-4S terms. Since the 4S, Verizon will activate the GSM antenna in your iPhone for international use; there's no SIM card involved. Even better, and an even example of why iPhones are better.
Why don't you just get a wifi one and get a personal hotspot on your cell phone plan? This costs about $5 a month through AT&T. Then you can use it with your laptop if you're away from Wifi, and save the extra $100 or so on the iPad. Plus it's faster.
Didn't both AT&T and Verizon contribute to Ted Cruz's Senate campaign?
iPads can also be used as a hotspot, which comes in handy. For example, some multimedia-rich items from the Kindle store, or music/TV shows/movies from iTunes, can only be downloaded over WiFi, so I use my iPhone and iPad as hotspots to download the content to the other device if I'm not already in a WiFi area.
R10 Why do you need TWO hotspots? Don't you always have your phone with you? I have one of those portable hotspot devices, but I stopped using it once I got a cell phone with a mobile hotspot feature.
R11, I use the iPad as a hotspot to download things *to my phone* that require WiFi.
ipad cellular function does not work out of the US. You'd have to use the wifi component if you're travelling.
[quote]ipad cellular function does not work out of the US. You'd have to use the wifi component if you're travelling.
This is not true, at least with the AT&T (GSM) version. On AT&T you can add an international data plan to your iPad just for the month in which you're travelling. Then you roam on one of their partner networks in the other country.
^ I have a mobile share plan between my iPhone and iPad. I added an international data plan when I went on vacation earlier this year and sort of assumed that it would apply to both my devices; the wording on the website when I signed up was unclear.
When my AT&T bill came the next month, I was unpleasantly surprised to see a separate charge for each device.
I contacted their customer service to complain, and to my astonishment they removed the charge on my iPad. Maybe they are aware that they have a problem and were eager to make it right.
why do you want 3g when 4g is available on them? But ..besides that the data plans on att and verizon are ridiculously expensive for what you get.
Who would even care about data plans overseas...if you think us data plans are expensive...try using it overseas.
stick with wifi unless you have a very specific reason to be connected all the time and if you do you are better off getting a iphone or android and an unlimited cell plan.
[quote]why do you want 3g when 4g is available on them?
People use "3G" as a shorthand to refer to mobile data in general, as opposed to WiFi, since that was the term that was in use when the iPad was introduced. Of course now they're beyond 4G and on to LTE.
and LTE is just the evolution of GSM (sim cards) depending on what band it supports..but again all that does not matter when data is soooooo expensive. The amount they give you is pretty much limiting to what you can do - and if you have a smart phone with a data plan you can do 99% of that already.
I'm sorry you're poor.
OP, put that money in a growth mutual fund from Vanguard with expenses under 1%. Your money will double in 7 years.
With the iPhone 5S on Verizon, the mobile hotspot feature is included for free - no extra monthly charge.