iPad mini Average cellular data use

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  1. macrumors 65816

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    I'm contemplating switching out my wifi mini for a LTE model. I have never had a cellular ipad and would like the pay as needed type service. My one question remaining is, how much data monthly is typical? I only plan to use it for email, web, and occasional YouTube. No movies or streaming music. Thanks
     
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    I can not specifically give you an answer but can tell you that for email and GPS (Waze), I use < 500 MB / month. Your mileage may vary :).
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for your response. I don't anticipate using LTE very often so I guess I'll likely start with the lowest plan and see how that works out. Can I add minutes or upgrade my plan as needed?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    I use about 4 gb a month. Not videos. But I don't often use wifi because LTE is faster most of the time.
     
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    Chupa Chupa

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    There is no typical. It all comes down to individual use. Personally, I mostly use the web and email, and not daily, maybe 3-4 times a week. No video. I use less than a 1GB a month.

    If you stream more than a few short TV shows a month or use something like Pandora day in, day out, then expect to use frequently then expect you usage to go to 3GB and beyond.
     
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    iHeartsteve

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    Unless I'm going on vacation, average monthly use is only about 300mb. I'm mostly around wifi but still wanted it in those limited instances where there's no wifi.
     
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    If WiFi is available at your given location, the iPad will always access the WiFi first.

    I have an iPad 2 3G (AT&T) and use the data plan only when traveling. While I use it pretty heavily for web browsing, mapping, and traffic conditions when WiFi is not available, I've have never used the total 250MB before the 30 days expired.

    Each individual's use is different, but it is really nice to have the cellular data available when needed.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Many thanks to all of you. You've all been a big help. I don't anticipate my needing it often but I think it will be really nice to have. Again thank you.
     
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    I used to be under 1GB, but after I got LTE I try to work hard to keep it under 3GB. Its so much faster, you find your usage goes up because its just that much more useful.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    if you don't stream or watch a bunch of video you will be hard pressed to use a GB a month. I buy an international plan of 120 MG for a month when I work overseas and have no trouble staying with in it for emails, texts and some light surfing.
     
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    Does AT&T still disable your SIM card if you let you account lapse due to non use? Wish they would not! I will use LTE in spurts not every month. I would have to get a new SIM card each time I wanted to restart:mad:
     
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    toasty hoodie

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    I average about 1.5gb/mo with my iPad 3. I have it attached to my main plan, so I share 4 gb between all my devices.
     
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    I've never had my AT&T sim card disabled even though I may go several months without buying a data plan. AT&T will deactivate your account, however, but all that means is that you just have to enter your credit card information again. But I've never had to replace my Sim card.

    BTW, I'm in the U.S. and purchased my iPad 2 on launch day.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I must have imagined it. Good to hear!

    Thank you
     
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    Badrottie

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    I pay $30 a month for 3GB and yet I used less than 90MB a month just to check FB, Tweets, and news. Maybe I should try $14 for 250MB a month? :apple:
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know how you guys use so little - I can get 2GB in 2-3 days...and I don't even stream videos :D
     
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    Badrottie

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    I had to limit myself reading stuff on my iPad because of 3GB I use it like 5 days a week. :apple:
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    yeah I think the best thing about the iPad when they introduced it was the unlimited data. Thankfully I have one of those plans...if not I would just get the wifi one :/
     

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