How does LTE work on these now a days??

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  1. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    Last time I purchased an iPad with LTE I could go in on my own in settings and add data for one month than cut it off for the following 3 months...Do I have to add this to my cell phone plan now a days to use it?
     
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    Works same as it ever did. On demand plans from all major carriers as well as more traditional month to month plans. Pick your poison.
     
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    So I can still do a month to month thing and not have to pay for 2 year data plan and whatnot for it? Just made my decision much harder than...
     
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    Yeah, no contract required unless you buy yours via a carrier. Unlocked but if you want to use Verizon you need another SIM besides the Apple SIM.
     
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    Awesome, I appreciate it! I plan on purchasing through best buy online, guess I will be using it though att since who I have our phones through, unless theres another one I should get instead that is better for the money?
     
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    There's t-mobile, they have this thing where you get 200mb (or maybe it was 250) free each month. Not much, but it comes in handy when you just use the LTE once in a while to maybe check email, take a quick look at a few websites.
     
  8. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is that if you are on a plan with them though? That's what I couldn't figure out
     
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    Or just hot spot to your iPhone or cell phone and pocket the $130.00 difference. I bought an iPad 3 with 4G and can count on one hand the times I've used the cellular connection.
     
  10. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thats the problem with our family plan we use all of the data up in about 20 days and sit for 10 days without data..
     
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    No need to get a plan. My phone is on AT&T, but I have my iPad on the free plan from t-mobile. I did have to give them an email address, but that's it.
     
  12. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    I just use the T-Mobile free for life 200mb monthly deal. I have it with my iPad Air, and had no problems activating it last night on the Pro.

    Next year if I switch to T-Mobile as my phone carrier, I'll most likely keep that same 200mb plan and just augment with tethering. I'm with AT&T now, so no tethering on my unlimited data (phone) plan.
     
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    Yeah I use the T-Mobile free data for life deal and they also usually have a great 5GB for 5 months for $10 deal if you just need some data but not a ton.
     
  14. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Now thats where I get confused, I have heard of this but never seen it in action lol. Do you pay a monthly fee at all to t-mobile for it or just put it in as mobile chip and automatically get 200mb free with no charges whatsoever?

     
  15. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you just activate the apple sim card with t-mobile. It's completely free. If you want more you can buy the 5GB for 5 months for $10 deal. Very good price.

    If you also want AT&T, you can buy an extra Apple SIM ($5), and then you can switch back and forth between t-mobile and AT&T. I have both SIM cards. Usually I use t-mobile, but if I travel to some place with spotty t-mobile coverage, I just buy some data on my AT&T SIM card.
     
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    No charges. You just sign up with an email address, and you get 200mb per month, totally free, no hassles.
     
  17. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you guys for the responses, I greatly appreciate it!
    Now I have the hassle of deciding to wait a few weeks for LTE model or not..May go with 32gb at first and return in a couple of weeks for the LTE version.
     
  18. iphone5att64 macrumors 6502

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    Does it come with tethering? Can you use multiple SIM cards and different email addresses to get extra 200 MB?
     
  19. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    Yes it comes with tethering included, T-Mobile anyway. You can get free SIM cards online from T-Mobile but I believe it goes by IMEI and not by email so you probably couldn't use multiple accounts but I haven't tried it myself.
     

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