All iPads Verizon iPad Data only plans

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  1. E3BK, Nov 21, 2012
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    macrumors 65816

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    I decided that my new iPad needed to have data service as my old WiFi iPad wasn't enough for my personal needs. I was just wondering what plans people decided to go with. This is for Verizon iPads only.

    Currently, I have the $30/2GB pre-paid plan but considering the Share everything plan even though the iPad is my only device w/ Verizon. It's $30/4GB + $10 for the device so really, $40/4GB, double what I'm getting now. If I go over my 2GB plan, I have to pay $10 for an additional 1GB anyway and losing out on 1Gb. There will be times where I know I'll need it, times when I don't.

    Other than the obvious increased allotment of data + $10, are there any other benefits or drawbacks to signing up for the Shared plan? Meaning, are there other services available? Under pre-paid, it says " Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plans do not include Verizon Wi—Fi Access, Text Messaging or roaming." So it leads me to think I would get all of that under a shared plan?

    It didn't look like the I had to sign up for 2 year service since it isn't subsidized (and purchased directly from Apple). How easy is it to put svc on hold if you're on the share everything plan? What I like about the pre-paid plan is that I can turn it on/off when I need or if I'm out of the country for a bit and there aren't any activation charges. I'm not sure if the same can be said of the shared plan.

    Anyone have helpful thoughts/comments?
     
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    I personally just use the $20 1GB plan and keep it separate from my phone data plans. That way it's easier to monitor my usage on the device and if I need to tack on another GB I can just pay the $10 and be done with it. I'm contemplating going back and just doing the family share thing, but I can't get by on 3GB of data so my costs would be nearly identical to keeping them separate. So ease of use wins out and I keep them separate for that reason.
     
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    Are there features available on the iPad shared data plan not available on the pre-paid plan? Like texting or use of Verizon WiFi? Per my original post, there was a disclaimer on the pre-paid plan that you would NOT get these so it makes it seem like you would under the shared plan. Is there activation fee when you add/readd the iPad to the shared plan? Is there a contract on the shared plan if you bought your device directly from Apple?

    I have an AT&T iPhone w/ unlimited data and plan on keeping it for as long as I can so it would only be the iPad on the Verizon data plan and I've never had Verizon service before.
     
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    Your post is confusing. Why do you need to text on your ipad? iMessage is included in data, so you can use that with whatever data connection you have, pre-paid or post-paid.

    As for activation fees, I believe there is for adding it to your shared plan, but there is no fee on the pre-paid version. You can also start and stop the pre-paid versions whenever you want (paying monthly essentially).

    Also, since you have At&t right now, you don't have a family shared plan to put the device on, so you're going to start a new account w/ a new phone AND your iPad? So confused.
     
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    LOL. Nothing to be confused about. I am keeping the iPhone on AT&T and iPad on Verizon for other reasons. But even if it's called a "shared plan" under Verizon, you don't have to have more than 1 device on it. As far as I can see, Verizon doesn't have individual device plans anymore. It all falls under "Shared" regardless of 1 or 5 devices.

    As for texting, no, I don't need it but the disclaimer for pre-paid accounts stated, "Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plans do not include Verizon Wi—Fi Access, Text Messaging or roaming." So my question is, if you are under a regular account (shared plan) are these features you get? I don't need to text from the iPad but access to roaming & WiFi is a nice bonus.

    PS: I use Google Voice to text ppl from my iPad anyway since more than half of my contacts don't use or have access to iMessage.
     
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    I, too, have an AT&T iPhone 5 AND am investigating a Verizon iPad. What I've found out is that pre-paid plans don't allow FaceTime over cellular or tethering (hotspot). It seems that postpaid plans DO, though.

    Also, I am pretty sure that there are individual (non-sharing) plans available with Verizon.

    I hope I've helped.
     
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    My wife has a 3rd generation iPad with Verizon LTE prepaid, and she can use her iPad as a hotspot. Not 100% sure on FT over cellular, but I think she as done that before also.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Actually, that's incorrect. I have the pre-paid plan already and you can definitely use the hotspot with it. That is the main reason I went w/ Verizon over AT&T.

    As far as consumer plans on VZW, there are only Share Everything plans or pre-paid. Business accounts have single line plans available though. VZW changed their pricing structure over the summer.
     

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