iPad and verizon

tl01

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If you want to connect your iPad to Verizon instead of tethering...can you add a tablet to the Verizon unlimited plan? What is the cost? Thanks!
 

rui no onna

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I don't think that sucks at all. Unlimited data on a tablet for only $20 extra is a fantastic deal.
Got 4 tablets on my existing Verizon plan. Unlimited data is nice in theory but we're not even maxing out our 18GB allocation per month (and majority of that is tethering to laptops and Android tablets). Switching to the new plans would just add $40 unnecessarily to my monthly bill. Likely more. I think the base fee for the Unlimited plan is higher than my current plan.
 
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The OP only asked what is the cost of adding an iPad to an unlimited data plan would be, to which Channan is right in that it is an additional $20 for the extra line access fee.

You're confusing the issue when you say "$20 plus another $45" because you're comparing the cost of the unlimited data bucket ($110-$10 autopay) vs your current 8gb shared data bucket ($70) when no one is asking that question in the first place :confused:

Unlimited data with multiple lines simply costs the initial $110-$10 autopay discount for the data bucket and then you add $20 for each line you want on the plan. Period.
 

bensisko

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I don't think that sucks at all. Unlimited data on a tablet for only $20 extra is a fantastic deal.
It is, unless you have multiple tablets connected.

Got 4 tablets on my existing Verizon plan. Unlimited data is nice in theory but we're not even maxing out our 18GB allocation per month (and majority of that is tethering to laptops and Android tablets). Switching to the new plans would just add $40 unnecessarily to my monthly bill. Likely more. I think the base fee for the Unlimited plan is higher than my current plan.
I'm in the same boat - I have four tablets connected which would be prohibitively expensive. Plus you don't get any kind of discount with the unlimited plan (I get a pretty good discount through work).

I would love the idea if it was just my Phone and one tablet.
 

Channan

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Got 4 tablets on my existing Verizon plan. Unlimited data is nice in theory but we're not even maxing out our 18GB allocation per month (and majority of that is tethering to laptops and Android tablets). Switching to the new plans would just add $40 unnecessarily to my monthly bill. Likely more. I think the base fee for the Unlimited plan is higher than my current plan.
As it should be. A lot of people are expressing their disappointment that the unlimited plan is more expensive than their current limited plan, saying things like these carriers dropped the ball or they just don't understand their customers. There's no reason unlimited should be cheaper than a limited plan. It makes no sense for Verizon to offer a plan with more data for less money than another plan.

The unlimited plan is for people who use a lot of data or just don't want to have to worry about data usage. The people that use a relatively small amount of data still have cheaper options with limited data.
 
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As it should be. A lot of people are expressing their disappointment that the unlimited plan is more expensive than their current limited plan, saying things like these carriers dropped the ball or they just don't understand their customers. There's no reason unlimited should be cheaper than a limited plan. It makes no sense for Verizon to offer a plan with more data for less money than another plan.

The unlimited plan is for people who use a lot of data or just don't want to have to worry about data usage. The people that use a relatively small amount of data still have cheaper options with limited data.
I don't expect it be cheaper. I would have considered upgrading if it was just the base fee that went up, not the per line charges. However, there's just too much fine print for my usage to justify the cost increase. The hot spot limit in particular is a bummer. I'm the biggest hotspot user occasionally using 15-20GB (with rollover data). My current plan with safety mode works well enough for us that it's just not worth the cost upgrading to unlimited (which after losing my employer discount apparently amounts to ~$70 extra per month).

— The first is the theoretical threshold at which your service may slow. As Verizon’s frequently-asked-questions page warns, racking up 22 gigabytes of data on a line (not across all devices on your account) may lead the company to “prioritize usage behind other customers during network congestion.”

That’s not a hard cutoff or one you’re stuck with for the rest of the month, and user reports of other carriers’ “deprioritization” policies suggest the effects aren’t that painful.

Hot spot limit
— Verizon’s unlimited plan imposes a secondary limit on tethering, or using the phone as a portable WiFi hotspot to share its connectivity with another device. You get 10 GB a month of LTE tethering — per line, not account.

After that, your tethering drops to 3G speeds, which Verizon corporate-communications director Kelly Crummey said means a minimum of 600 kilobits per second.
 
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I don't expect it be cheaper. I would have considered upgrading if it was just the base fee that went up, not the per line charges. However, there's just too much fine print for my usage to justify the cost increase. The hot spot limit in particular is a bummer. I'm the biggest hotspot user occasionally using 15-20GB (with rollover data). My current plan with safety mode works well enough for us that it's just not worth the cost upgrading to unlimited (which after losing my employer discount apparently amounts to ~$70 extra per month).
I wasn't talking about you in particular. I just meant in general I have seen several people getting upset that the unlimited plan isn't cheaper than their current limited plan and begrudgingly stating they're going to keep their current plan. Like, okay... If your limited plan includes enough data for you at a cheaper price, why are you upset?

Again, not saying that's you. I was just making a related comment based off of your post.
 

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As someone with an iPad Air 2 WiFi only... I opted to save a few hundred bucks and buy an iPad Wifi only because with one click, ON the iPad (without having to touch my iPhone) I can initiate a tether and have internet access in about 10 seconds. My iPhone can stay in my pocket, screen off, and I can start a tether session and have internet on my iPad. $ saved because iPad LTE is damn expensive and I'm not paying Verizon anything extra. Just posting my experience.
 

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As someone with an iPad Air 2 WiFi only... I opted to save a few hundred bucks and buy an iPad Wifi only because with one click, ON the iPad (without having to touch my iPhone) I can initiate a tether and have internet access in about 10 seconds. My iPhone can stay in my pocket, screen off, and I can start a tether session and have internet on my iPad. $ saved because iPad LTE is damn expensive and I'm not paying Verizon anything extra. Just posting my experience.
Works well if you use iPad data sparingly. There's a certain balance point where the battery drain on the iPhone becomes unacceptable, not to mention the instant, constant connection of LTE.

I would never be able to tether all the time. I tether when I'm overseas and it's like night and day. I'm primarily an iPad user though, so mileage and all.
 

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Works well if you use iPad data sparingly. There's a certain balance point where the battery drain on the iPhone becomes unacceptable, not to mention the instant, constant connection of LTE.

I would never be able to tether all the time. I tether when I'm overseas and it's like night and day. I'm primarily an iPad user though, so mileage and all.
Yeah, I'm definitely a light user. Interesting. Good point.
 

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Works well if you use iPad data sparingly. There's a certain balance point where the battery drain on the iPhone becomes unacceptable, not to mention the instant, constant connection of LTE.

I would never be able to tether all the time. I tether when I'm overseas and it's like night and day. I'm primarily an iPad user though, so mileage and all.
Same. My tech usage is around 80-90% iPad. Also, the large battery on the iPad makes it ideal to use as a hotspot for other wifi-only devices. If Apple gave the iPad mini phone functionality, I'd get rid of my iPhone. That's my preferred phablet size.

As it is, I keep the iPhone for Continuity (SMS and call forwarding to the iPad).
 
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Same. My tech usage is around 80-90% iPad. Also, the large battery on the iPad makes it ideal to use as a hotspot for other wifi-only devices. If Apple gave the iPad mini phone functionality, I'd get rid of my iPhone. That's my preferred phablet size.

As it is, I keep the iPhone for Continuity (SMS and call forwarding to the iPad).
Same here!!! My iPhone is basically a camera, a health data collector, and a message center. I used to use my Mini as my main device, but now it's the 9.7 Pro because of the Pencil.
 
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My base rate went down 5 bucks going from 8gb to unlimited. Since I already pay 10 per month for 1 iPad on there my overall bill will go up $5. That's a killer deal for me personally.
 
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