How much data will an iPad use if it is connected to the net via an iPhone?

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  1. hajime macrumors 68040

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    Hello, the screen on my iPhone 6s+ is just too small for me to read. I am considering whether or not to get an iPad with LTE. If I just get the wifi version and connect the iPad to the internet by connecting it to my iPhone and then to the net via LTE, how many percent more data will it consume compared with getting a LTE card for the iPad? I am in Canada with Koodo.
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68020

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    I don't know anything about your carrier but here in the US, a separate plan for a LTE iPad is going to cost more. If you already have a data allocation with your iPhone it may be cheaper to go that way. You asked about how more percentage of data used? Hard to say.... how would you be using the iPad when tethered to your iPhone?
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I spend a lot of time on public transportation. In my city, there is no internet connection on public transportation. Occasionally, when the subway is on the street, I get a few seconds of 4G access. On the bus, I just use 4G.
     
  4. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    The amount of data that your iPad uses (more correctly, that you consume on your iPad) is totally dependent on what you are doing. If you are surfing the net, doing Twitter, etc, it will be substantially less that if you are streaming video and music.

    The amount of data should not vary significantly between using your phone's hotspot feature and using an LTE SIM for your iPad.
     
  5. casperes1996 macrumors 68030

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    I'd go further and say it shouldn't vary at all. The iPad will download the same amount of data regardless of whether it's going through an iPhone or its own SIM
     
  6. canuckRus, Feb 24, 2018
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    Cost prohibitive once you surpass your cellular data allowance.
     
  7. Unami macrumors 6502a

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    there‘s a small difference - afaik, apps downloaded from the app store over a mobile are limited to a fixed size (200 mb), but if you use your ipad tethered to your phone, it can download apps in any size. icloud - backups and auto - updates should also start when the ipad is connected to a phone and charging. so it‘s definitely possible to use more data with an tethered ipad.
     
  8. casperes1996 macrumors 68030

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    OK, sure - that's a fair point. But data is data, so my point was that the data downloaded is the same size no matter what method it's downloaded with. But of course you're right that some automatic/system features act differently. App Store example is own choice though, and I personally am not a fan of the restriction - not good if you desperately need an app or update whilst you're out of wi-fi range.
     
  9. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    The only difference is iPad with LTE has direct connection vs in-direct connection (via the iphone)

    Unless you using phone for internet access as well as ipad, it won't be any difference in term of data.
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    I pads use full web pages rather than phones which use mobile web content, these can be far more data intensive than their mobile counterparts.
     

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