Cellular or Wifi?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by benoitc, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. benoitc, Oct 30, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018

    benoitc macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2015
    I am wondering what is the reason to use a cellular over the wifi? In many countries you can rent a mifi cheaper than a cell + data plan so I'm wondering why do people choose a cellular model?
  2. havenyoung macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2013
    I know some people choose cellular version particularly for the GPS functionality.
  3. 2Xtreme21 macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2013

    You can also use your phone as a hotspot for your WiFi iPad which is what I do. Still a cellular version saves a couple clicks.
  4. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    i never understood why people get cellular, why not just use hotspot?

    I know what some people are going to say, (no unlimited data, no hotspot etc...)

    in that case for the cost of a new line and or the additional price of the cellular model add unlimited data to your plan?
  5. GDF macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Always celluar for me, so much easier when traveling and when traveling within North America, you can use T-Mobile North American plan to use in Canada and Mexico. No brainer. I would not get an ipad without celluar.
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Always cellular, if only for the real GPS unit. I do not use cellular often but when a hurricane came through Jacksonville the last few years, cellular saved my mental health.
  7. c14nhl macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2008
    Always WiFi only for me.

    I get 100GB of data with my iPhone plan which means no need. I wish for a future iOS update that keeps the iPad connected to iPhone Hotspot when iPad enters sleep mode. Having to constantly reconnect gets annoying, not annoying enough to jump to the cellular though.
  8. ebika macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2008
    According to https://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/, all the models have GPS now. I've had a cellular iPad for years, but I really haven't used it much. I'm considering getting the wifi model (if and when my iPad 12.9" 1st gen dies).
  9. judyg951 macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2016
    sunny So. Ca.
    I have never done anything but wifi. I can easily use my phone as a hotspot so have never felt the need for a cellular one.
  10. Never mind macrumors 6502

    Never mind

    Oct 25, 2018
    Dunedin, Florida
    As another poster mention we here in Florida yet hurricanes now and again and we had one last year that took out the power, and Cellular on my iPad was very helpful during those 3 1/2 days without power.
  11. JD2015 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    Went for the Cellular model for the first time ever because it is more convenient instead of having to tether all the time.
  12. flur macrumors 68020


    Nov 12, 2012
    Cellular for me. I went cellular with my iPad Air 2 and found I used it a lot. And we lose power at my house a bit more than I’d like, so it comes in handy then too. I don’t always want to leverage my phone WiFi (and battery) if I’m out all day and don’t have access to a plug socket.
  13. sparksd macrumors 68020

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Me. But the cellular connectivity has been useful, too. I'd buy it again if I upgraded my 10.5
  14. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    I have tried WiFi versions over and over and always resort to swapping for cellular ones ... it’s just not convenient to hotspot all the time ... I even got my kids cellular versions because in the end, I couldn’t stand them screaming from the back seat for me to turn on the internet ... and then when we got to where we were going, connect everything to WiFi ... cellular is a little more costly but worth it in the end ... I pay $20 each iPad for unlimited internet (3 iPads) and I don’t have to worry about anything ...
  15. Yptcn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Cellular. My carrier gives a free sim to share my iPhone plan.
  16. bradley8795 macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2013
    As I interpret that list it means that GPS is still only available in cellular models.

    This will be the first time I skip cellular and just get the Wifi version.
  17. CB98 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2018
    I’ve had a look and it seems that it’s still only the cellular ones which have GPS - it’s not very clear but it is under a different heading.
  18. ebika macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2008
    Ah, maybe so. I read “all models” and considered that to mean all models. Since it is under that "cellular and wireless", maybe it's limited.
  19. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    Depends on carrier I guess in terms of the hotspot pricing . . for me I go cellular all the way for convenience - the iPad is then completely independent from my phone. I'll sometimes go to an event and setup my IPP to stream music or TV and I'll walk away from it. Being able to do that and still have full bandwidth on my phone is good for me. If getting the cellular version for a higher price and paying the extra on a data plan were cost prohibitive for me then I'd probably think differently but it's not. Also, having the cellular iPad on my unlimited plus plan on Verizon costs me $20 and I get a separate 22GB pot before either device starts to throttle.
  20. LibbyLA macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2017
    For the first time, I am strongly considering the cellular version. Verizon is my cell carrier and I have a wifi hotspot. Unfortunately, the Verizon signal at our camp, where I spend lots of time, sucks. That’s even with a pricey RV cell booster attached to a directional antenna on a 40 ft tower and an antenna for the hotspot that’s mounted on top of the barn that our camper is under.

    AT&T provides 4G signal at the camp (even inside the camper, I have signal) and I have a cheapie Samsung tablet to use when I’m running our cell cameras because I just can’t count on my Verizon phone being connected.

    If I can put the iPad on the $29.99/month prepaid unlimited data plan from AT&T, I will probably get the cell version. That would be a better deal for me than going to an unlimited Verizon data plan for the several months when we spend lots of time at the camp. The phones and a wifi device or two used with the cameras can survive on Verizon data plans with limited data if I can use the cellular iPad for most of my work/play, especially during the months when we are at the camp a lot.

    Does anyone have experience with the $29.99 AT&T prepaid plan with an iPad? If so, will I be able to use the iPad’s eSIM or will I need to use a DataConnect SIM?

    (Switching to AT&T phone service is NOT an option. Verizon service at home is a lot more reliable, especially during storms and emergencies, and Verizon pricing is much better.)
  21. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    I got the cellular version of the iPad mini mostly for the GPS, and use it daily. I could use a phone for GPS, but the larger map is very nice.
  22. fricotin macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2011
    Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
    I would buy a wifi only if it had a GPS. I use it almost every day.
  23. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    I have to say that once you get used to a cellular pad with always on data, it's really really hard to ever go back.

    I have a lovely grandfathered $23/mo unlimited LTE plan on my 9.7 iPP and I use the HELL out of it on Cellular.
  24. redneckitengineer macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2017
    Cellular for me. The ability to just flick the power button and go. Not having to spend time trying to connect, to find open, free WiFi, to be throttled, to be monitored. Freedom. That’s why I vote Yes on option Cellular. :)
  25. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
    I use the AT&T plan on occasion. It’s great in rural/fringe areas but the speed is nothing to get excited about. Better than nothing though.

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