iPad mini Cellular Data Question

Discussion in 'iPad' started by michaelsaxon, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. michaelsaxon macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2006
    I'm probably going to buy a mini, but don't know if I should buy AT&T or Verizon. Is there any information on the data plans for them? Also, I have no one around here that has an LTE phone to ask which one is better and I'm suspicious of the maps-- Verizon's seems to show LTE in my spot, but AT&T doesn't.

    Any thoughts on any of this? I want to pre-order on opening day, but want to buy the right device. Thanks.
  2. token787 macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2012
    I have the same question but now I think Sprint has joined the LTE club.
  3. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    tomorrow there should be data plan pricing. It will be interesting to see if Sprint offers unlimited data -- but that's besides the point.

    As for reception all you'll have to go are the coverage maps. If you get a Verizon iPad and it doesn't work out then you can always return it.
  4. powerbooks macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2009
    All about sim card

    If you travel abroad, remember only AT&T version has the sim slot. Verizon version does not.
  5. Jades macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2012
    This is only for iPad 2. iPad 3, 4 and iPad mini have sim slots and full quad-band gsm capabilities regardless of carrier
  6. dylanursula macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
    Also, would be interested on the verizon plans. We have AT&T for our iPhone5 phones, however dont the Verizon data only plans include mobile hotspot?
  7. CalWizrd Suspended


    Jun 21, 2011
    NYC/Raleigh, NC
    According to an Apple specialist I had a chat session with, only WiFi models available tonight (12AM PST) for pre-order.
  8. michaelsaxon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2006
    I ended up holding off for now as I couldn't find clear answers anywhere online.
  9. powerbooks macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2009
    True, new iPad LTE versions both have sim slot. But:

    You guys never heard of the Verizon hassle about iPad 3 data plan?

    Basically, if you stop the plan just for one month, your sim card will be "erased", "Burned", whatever word you use. And it is not a truly free on and off data plan like AT&T. You have to get a new sim card evedry time you want to re-join Verizon plan, and it will be some charges if you are not clear what you are doing.

    Sure you can try one AT&T sim or other European sim in it, but once you get off Verizon, you will be pissed on how to get the plan back!

    Google the topic and learn.
  10. Izzybeff macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010
    Thank you so much for posting this! I had no idea as I've only used AT&T's in the past with my ipad 1. I just went in and cancelled my verizon mini ipad and ordered an AT&T one. Hope my shipping stays the same even reordering now.
  11. darkknight11 macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2011
    is this the case even if you click "delete the account later" and not the "delete account now" option?

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