9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2013 2:17 PM by Demo
okgov Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Do you have to sign up with a carrier a pay a monthly fee to use the ipad


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  • 1. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    Only if you buy a model that has both Wi-Fi and broadband. A cellular account is not required for a Wi-Fi only model.

  • 2. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (10,710 points)

    To clarify.

     

    You do not need to sign up with a carrier if you don't want to with either model of iPad.

     

    The Wifi only iPad uses your own Wireless network at home or at coffee shops to connect to the internet.

     

    The Cellular or Mobile model does not require a carrier plan either. It still has thw Wifi portion that can be used as above. If you want to have internet everywhere you carrier has cell service, and not be tied to a Wifi network, then you need a cell plan from your carrier.  Otherwise Wifi is your friend, and you don't have to pay anything else.

  • 3. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,445 points)

    Technically, you can even buy a cellular model and not activate the cellular service and you would not have to pay for a monthly data plan if you don't want too use it right away. Some people will buy a cellular iPad and then activate the plan when they are ready to do so.

     

    However, it would be a waste of money to spend the extra $$$ if you never wnat or need the cellular service.

  • 4. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)

    Demo wrote:

     

    However, it would be a waste of money to spend the extra $$$ if you never wnat or need the cellular service.

    Unless you need or want the GPS chip, which only comes with the Cellular model.

  • 5. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    G3gator Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    I don't think it is necessarily a "waste of money."

     

    I use the celluar service when I am traveling and will not have wifi connections on a regular basis. When I am at home and using wifi, I discontinue the cellular service and pay nothing. 

     

    George

  • 6. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,445 points)

    OK. Bad choice of words... Waste of money... it would be a waste of money to me since I have a Garmin and i don't travel into the woods and get lost and need to find the North Star or need ro have my GPS enabled iPad to find my way out.

     

    Message was edited by: Demo

  • 7. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,445 points)

    I did say ....

     

    However, it would be a waste of money to spend the extra $$$ if you never wnat or need the cellular service.

  • 8. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)

    Demo wrote:

     

    OK. Bad choice of words... Waste of money... it would be a waste of money to me since I have a Garmin and i don't travel into the woods and get lost and need to find the North Star or need ro have my GPS enabled iPad to find my way out.

    I wasn't trying to be unpleasant. Just expanding on your information.

  • 9. Re: IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE TO USE IPAD
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,445 points)

    I know that. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to come off the wrong way.