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Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to Branchburg Eric)
No you do not need a cellular plan to purchase just to use a cellular service (WiFi + LTE model).
If you don't ever plan on using cellular on the iPad why not just purchase the WiFi only model? You could always use the iPhone as a WiFi hotspot.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to Branchburg Eric)
You only need a cellular plan on the wifi + cellular model, and then only if you want to use 3G on the iPad. You don't need a plan for the wifi only iPad (wifi-only iPads don't have cellular capability), and if you get the 3G version then you only need to sign up and activate a cellular plan when you need it - some people get the 3G version as it has a built-in GPS chip (which the wifi-only model doesn't have it), and they never activate a 3G service on it.
If you are getting an iPhone then you could see if your carrier supports the personal hotspot function, in which case you could use that to share the iPhone's internet connection to a wifi-only iPad (the iPad will see it as a wifi network).
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 6:26 AM (in response to Branchburg Eric)
No just get a Wifi iPad and check with your network carrier their terms for use of the hot spot tethering function and data sharing on the iPhone.
Caveat tethering can add latency and slow the refresh/loading rates experienced on your iPad compared to models with built in radios.