Do you have to activate the 4G right away?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Virgo, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Virgo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I want to buy a 16gb 4G new iPad for my mom for Mother's Day (I know I'm thinking ahead) because she has no computer and she seemed to enjoy my iPad 2 when I had it. Well, where she lives there is pretty much an open wifi to connect to, and I think she could use that most often. But I want to buy her the 4G model just in case.

    Can you buy the 4G iPad and not activate the cellular data until a later date when you need it? Or do you have to activate it at first, and then cancel afterward? Thanks
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    You don't even have to activate it. Or you can only have activated on the months you need it.
  3. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Activate it whenever you need it. Cancel it, activate it again.
  4. bidwalj macrumors 65816

    Feb 16, 2007
    you won't have to activate it. turn cellular data off and it will function just the same as the wifi model. If you don't have active data and haven't turned cellular data off, it will keep asking you activate service.
  5. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    Theres no contract, no carriers sell the device subsidized.

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