iPad best way to handle iPad data + phone ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by isephmusic, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. isephmusic macrumors 6502

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    hey guys I'm a young college student not fortunate to have my cell plan paid for lol i want to balance out the new iPad air cellular model that I'm buying tmrw with the iPhone i already have ( actually selling it for nexus 5 lol ) anyway !

    whats the best data plan for iPad if I'm not going to heavy use it to stream ? i just want to be able to use 2gb a month for 20-30 bucks then maybe just buy voice/text on the phone for like $20. is this the most economical way to save? or is there a better plan for like 50 bucks and just tether the iPhone and buy the wifi only iPad -_-

    all tips greatly appreciated
     
  2. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    I am confused. Which phone will you have?

    Which carrier are you on?

    I would go to that carriers web site and check their plans.
     
  3. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Check out whichever carrier has the best coverage in your area. iPhone plans with tethering tend to be much pricier than tablet data plans.

    Verizon has a 2GB/$30 plan. They have the widest LTE coverage among carriers. That's what I would shoot for. Next to Verizon, there's AT&T with 3GB/$30. Sprint has 3GB/$35 and T-Mobile 2.7GB/$30 but for me, AT&T has better coverage than either of those two and since AT&T's also less expensive per GB...
     
  4. isephmusic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    okay lets say i get Atnt who has the best coverage here in central jersey (their main headquarters are right up my town lol ) i go for the 3gb for 30 $

    i can tether from that ? now what should i do for my phone plan ? tmobiles coverage is buttocks here i only get LTE when i go to the mall -_-
     
  5. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Hmm, I remember reading somewhere AT&T blocks tethering on prepaid iPad. I'm not sure though since my AT&T iPad is on a Mobile Share plan. Tethering is allowed on Verizon prepaid iPads, though.

    How many minutes and messages do you use per month? Do you have a smartphone and do you need data on your phone?

    If you can at least get HSPA on your T-Mobile phone, don't sweat the lack of LTE. T-Mobile probably has the best plan prices among the Big 4, particularly for smartphones. I've got LTE coverage with AT&T but since their network is pretty congested, I only get around 5Mbps down/2Mbps up (used to get 20 down/10 up). I've been able to get higher than that on T-Mobile's HSPA (6 down/5 up). Unfortunately, completely no signal in my office last I time I tried T-Mobile (not even 1 bar).

    Cheapest available is $25/90 days (or $100/year) for pay per use service (AT&T $0.10/min, T-Mobile $0.10/min, Verizon $0.25/min). Alas, some providers limit you to basic phones with pay per use. On the upside, these basic phones tend to have awesome 1-2 week battery life. :rolleyes:

    If you mostly do a lot of texting, few calls and don't need data on the phone, AT&T also has some relatively inexpensive plan options (namely $25 for 250 minutes and unlimited messages).
    http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html

    There's also MVNO providers such as Straight Talk, H2O Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, etc.
     

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