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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Is Internet free with the iPad fourth generation?

I plan on getting an iPad fourth generation for Christmas. My questions is: do internet services come free with the iPad? Or will I have to buy a data plan in order to be able to access the internet in public with it?

As a follow up question, assuming I have an unlimited data plan on my iPhone 4S, will I be able to tether internet to my iPad and my Macbook Pro when I'm in public?



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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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I plan on getting an iPad fourth generation for Christmas. My questions is: do internet services come free with the iPad? Or will I have to buy a data plan in order to be able to access the internet in public with it?

As a follow up question, assuming I have an unlimited data plan on my iPhone 4S, will I be able to tether internet to my iPad and my Macbook Pro when I'm in public?



Thanks in advanced.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:05 PM   #3
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No it's not free - requires a data plan. Don't think tethering is allowed with any grandfathered unlimited plan but I may be wrong about that. It would be on sprint I believe.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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I plan on getting an iPad fourth generation for Christmas. My questions is: do internet services come free with the iPad? Or will I have to buy a data plan in order to be able to access the internet in public with it?

As a follow up question, assuming I have an unlimited data plan on my iPhone 4S, will I be able to tether internet to my iPad and my Macbook Pro when I'm in public?



Thanks in advanced.
If you want a data plan your iPad will have to be an LTE iPad or 3G. There's no such thing as free Internet lol.

Now if you jail break you iPhone 4S you can tether but carriers are catching up and blocking. There's always a new way to tether though.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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I plan on getting an iPad fourth generation for Christmas. My questions is: do internet services come free with the iPad? Or will I have to buy a data plan in order to be able to access the internet in public with it?

As a follow up question, assuming I have an unlimited data plan on my iPhone 4S, will I be able to tether internet to my iPad and my Macbook Pro when I'm in public?



Thanks in advanced.
To clarify what others have said, if you can find a public wifi network that is free -- then THAT won't cost you to use the internet. Libraries, coffee shops, parks and bookstores sometimes have free wifi.

However, as others have stated, if you aren't on wifi and you want a data connection you'll have to pay for it.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:23 PM   #6
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:24 PM   #7
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So far the answers could be confusing. Maybe the Op is asking about some kind of extra cost for accessing the internet.

Op, if you are somewhere that has free wifi (McDonalds, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, various hotels, schools, restaurants, etc), you can access "free Internet" via "free wifi." In other words, you could just buy a Mini and have no other costs for accessing the Internet as long as you can tap into free wifi provided by someone else.

If you have a home Internet connection and maybe wifi set up at home, you can access Internet from your own "free wifi" at home. No additional costs there.

If you are wanting to access Internet somewhere and can't locate any free wifi, then the LTE version can access Internet via a cellular connection. Those require you to buy a tier of data from a cell provider like AT&T or Verizon, etc. You can do that on demand (meaning you can turn on cellular-based Internet whenever you need it and only if you need it).

If you are somewhere that sells wifi (such as most of the airlines in flight, some airports, etc), you can also buy some Internet access from this "nonfree wifi".

In all cases, there is no additional fees from Apple for Internet access. It's just a matter of whether you can source free wifi or not as offered by other companies... or if you can't and then need paid cellular data tiers or not.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:26 PM   #8
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no my friend, nothing is ever free.
I'm waiting for obamanet
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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no my friend, nothing is ever free.
Agreed. If you use LTE or 3G on your iPad, then you will need to pay for the service. However, you are only charged for the months you use it. Therefore, if you don't use it, you won't be charged.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:36 PM   #10
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He won't build that.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:39 PM   #11
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Does apple ever give anything for free?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:58 PM   #12
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Does apple ever give anything for free?
does anyone ever give anything for free... especially cellular service providers lol

The OP is either trolling, or crazy - or both
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 03:22 PM   #13
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Question: if I buy a wifi only and later see that I should have bought the LTE, is there a way I can get cellular data through a dongle or other device?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 03:45 PM   #14
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does anyone ever give anything for free... especially cellular service providers lol

The OP is either trolling, or crazy - or both
Apparently amazon give you a tiny bit of data with their tablet for a year or so. Not much thou
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 04:09 PM   #15
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Question: if I buy a wifi only and later see that I should have bought the LTE, is there a way I can get cellular data through a dongle or other device?
No

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Apparently amazon give you a tiny bit of data with their tablet for a year or so. Not much thou
Yes but that version costs more.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 04:13 PM   #16
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Sounds like someone is upgrading to iPad from Kindle 3G :-)

I'm guessing that's what they were referring to. Apple used to give free 3G on Kindle (and I think some models still do). The LTE Kindle is $50 a year for 250mb a month of LTE, so even it's heavily discounted.

But to answer the question, the 3G\4G LTE is not free, it's $30 a month stand alone, or $10 added to a mobile share plan. See the att website for details.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 04:34 PM   #17
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Internet is not free, but you CAN tether it to your iPhone with a jailbreak, but I wouldn't apend all day streaming HD video, or they'll catch and killed your Internet.

If you're just browsing the web, the chances of getting caught are close to 0

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Yes but that version costs more.
and apple's LTE enabled model doesn't?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 05:08 PM   #18
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Question: if I buy a wifi only and later see that I should have bought the LTE, is there a way I can get cellular data through a dongle or other device?
You'd have to buy a mobile hotspot for that.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 05:08 PM   #19
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Question: if I buy a wifi only and later see that I should have bought the LTE, is there a way I can get cellular data through a dongle or other device?
Yes, you can either tether to your phone or get a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

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No
Completely wrong.
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