iPad Should I swap iPad Air 2 Wifi for LTE / 4G?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Risco, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. Risco macrumors 68000

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    I bought an iPad 2 Air Wifi 64gb, as I can tether to my phone. Just wondering if the 4G version is worth the extra ££'s? Money is not the issue, however I don't want to waste money either!

    Thoughts? In the UK here.
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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  3. Risco thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Will it work with Sat NAV and no signal?
     
  4. dbdynsty25 macrumors regular

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    This. I thought long and hard about going non cellular this round but ultimately I couldn't do it. The convenience of a network connection trumps the extra cost. I also pay the ten bucks a month to have it in my family share plan on AT&T.
     
  5. donnaw macrumors 65816

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    It all depends on how much you think you'll ever need the cell option. If it's only a couple of times a year or only a bit here and there it might not be worth it.

    But if you travel much, need good GPS, or plan to take your iPad out and about a lot, then yes, it's well worth the investment. Even if you have free wifi everywhere you need to remember that those connections are never secure and usually really slow.

    Personally I will never buy a tablet with wifi only because I find I do take my iPad on a lot of trips and even find it nice to use while waiting for my grandson while he's at his OT sessions.
     
  6. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Money is always an issue or it wouldn't be "scarce." As you note, you don't want to waste it.

    So it comes down to need. Do you need cellular or GPS? Think about if it would come in handy in your current routines -- daily, weekly, monthly, whenever. Then you can figure out if its worth the extra $.

    If you can tether and have an iPhone then I'm not sure I see the value of the upgrade. I have cellular model myself but I can't tether b/c I have a grandfathered data plan which doesn't allow tethering.

    The only caveat I can see is if you travel between London and the US. Then, with the new Apple SIM it might be useful because you can switch carriers depending on where you are w/ local data rates, not "rape me" international roaming ones. (EE and TMob).
     
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    Since you said money was not the issue....
     
  8. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    I always try to go with the LTE version. The couple of times I have "needed" it it's been nice to have, especially while traveling and I don't want to use the hotspot on my phone and drain my phone battery.
     
  9. Risco thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks peeps, they did not have any in stock at my local store which is why I picked up the wifi at the time. They said I had 14 days, so gonna try for a week or so and then I most likely will upgrade.
     
  10. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000

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    I also always try to go with the Cellular option.
    But with ios8's instant hotspot, it is making my decision tougher.

    Plus, the fact that they still insist on the ridiculous upcharge of $130 baffles me.

    They can charge $100 less for ram (32<->64) but they can't make LTE a $30 - $50 option instead. It is something that probably costs them $10 more if that.
     
  11. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

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    I'm in the same dilemma. I have a mini retina wifi 32GB. I'm with ATT so it'll only be $10 month to share my 20 gigs.

    ATT is offering $200 off any iPad with the purchase of an iPhone.

    I haven't tried the instant hotspot feature on ios 8. How is the battery with that feature enabled?
     
  12. kandavu macrumors member

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    The two iPads I have (an iPad 3 & a mini retina) are both wifi. I tether them to my android no contract phone when I'm out and about. If you already have a cell with tethering capacity.....forgo the LTE for wifi.
     

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