10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 14, 2015 9:23 AM by evan99simmons
MAC- Mark A. Crook Level 1 (0 points)
If I bought an iPad without 3G, can I take it to a Mac store sometime later and pay the $130 to have 3G added to it?

- Mark A. Crook, aka MAC

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • BCFind Level 1 (135 points)
    I doubt it, it seems to be built in on my 3G and not something that could be added later.

    Brian.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    Not possible.

    Sell your iPad wi-fi to someone else that wants or needs a wi-fi only iPad, and use the proceeds to purchase the iPad wi-fi+3G.

    If Apple included an option to add "3G" to a wi-fi only iPad, it would cost much more than $130.
  • Ziatron Level 4 (3,830 points)
    Just tether the ipad to your mobile phone, may be zero cost for you.
  • gareth25 Level 1 (0 points)
    Personally I don't know why the 3g sells so well. If you have an iPhone there are ways to turn it into a wifi hotspot but I won't say on here as apple don't like that.

    I use a nokia phone (waiting for 4G iPhone) and there's an app for turning it into a hotspot - saving me the cost of buying another data plan.
  • gdgmacguy Level 7 (20,535 points)
    gareth25 wrote:
    Personally I don't know why the 3g sells so well. If you have an iPhone there are ways to turn it into a wifi hotspot but I won't say on here as apple don't like that.


    Actually, it's AT&T that prohibits tethering, not Apple. The iPad and iPhone have the appropriate hardware, but AT&T is thus far prohibiting it in the US
  • Mac512-Guy Level 2 (155 points)
    The main reason I bought the 3G model is I don't have an expensive plan iPhone. I have a cheap plan based nationwide cell phone for under $25. So the AT&T data plan when I need it for the month or months I need it works out great.
  • wlj Level 1 (0 points)
    I do not have an IPhone but I do have AT&T service and a 2G cell phone. Is there a hardware option that I can connect by IPad to the internet?
  • lllaass Level 10 (175,942 points)
    wlj wrote:
    I do not have an IPhone but I do have AT&T service and a 2G cell phone. Is there a hardware option that I can connect by IPad to the internet?


    If your 2G phone can act as a wireless hot spot and tether is allowed then you can use your phone as an access point. There is no connector to physically connect the iPad to a phone (except for using the camera connection kit to download photos and videos from some model iPhones).
  • kurtriegel Level 1 (0 points)

    I guess this would work, but not for me.  I need to run Garmin Bluechart sailing navigation program which relies on the iPad's GPS capability.  This functionality is different from, and yet integrated with, the chip that also enables cell connectivity on the cell version of the iPad.

     

    You can operate GPS without having ever using or even having a cell account, which is fine with me, but you must have the chip to operate either, or both.

  • evan99simmons Level 1 (0 points)

    NO IPAD WIFI AND IPAD 3G ARE COMPLETLEY DIFFERENT IPADS