iPad mini Cellular ipad as wifi only ?

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  1. Tacticus
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    I have been offered a mini ipad which is wifi and cellular but I just want it as wifi only. Will it work ok if I don't setup the cellular part ?
     
  2. maflynn
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    It will work fine, just keep the cellular off.
     
  3. Tacticus
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  4. go ipad
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    It will work fine. But if you're buying, please remember that you're paying more for the device with extra feature that you're not going to use.
     
  5. SHirsch999
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    Get a T-mobile SIM card. Can't beat free data. You never know when you may want to use it.
     
  6. CoMoMacUser
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    True, but only if you already have the right plan or are willing to switch to one. For example, I had TMO prepaid when the free tablet promo was announced, but I couldn't use it because it was available only as an add-on to postpaid plans.
     
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    You don't need to disclose that you are already a T-Mobile customer to get 200MB. You just need a new email ID to setup a new T-Mobile account and get the 200MB with a new SIM starter kit. They don't even need a credit card.
     
  8. CoMoMacUser
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    The fine print must have changed because when I inquired about it -- before churning to Cricket in the spring -- the rep told me I couldn't use it without having a qualifying plan. Other customers reported the same thing, such as http://fyre.it/ZkfS6h.4
     
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    Things may have changed. I am typing this on my Verizon rMini with T-Mobile SIM in it using the 200MB plan. I have two T-Mobile SIM's, one each tied to mine and wife's email addresses. Neither of us have a plan with T-Mobile, all they have is our name and ZIP code.
     
  10. rui no onna
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    Nah, they haven't changed policy. I signed up for the free 200MB when it was first announced. I think CoMoMacUser may have been trying to use the same email address associated with his prepaid account that's why it wasn't letting him do it. As for asking a customer service rep, that's a crapshoot. There are some knowledgeable reps but there are also far too many reps who just make up stuff when they don't know the actual answer.
     
  11. CoMoMacUser
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    Maybe so. Even TMO's CEO admitted that they botched the launch:

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5...00mb-data-offer-not-free-for-financed-tablets

    http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/11/01/t-mobile-200mb-free-isnt-free
     
  12. Plutonius
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    Doesn't help if there is no coverage where you use it. I'm thinking of dumping T-Mobile on my phone since coverage is so poor for me.
     
  13. CoMoMacUser
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    That was the main reason why I churned to Cricket. Outdoors in a city was fine, but indoors and rural areas were dicey.
     
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    I really like T-Mobile when it works. I just get bummed when I am the only person in a group without connectivity. It's gotten bad enough where I often have to use Skype calling over wifi when I have to make a call and nobody else is around to borrow their cell.
     
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