(TL;DR at the bottom) I'm planning on setting up my Mom with an iPad Air as her only computer since her PC just died. Although I've already bought the iPad I'm starting to realize this may not go as smoothly as I envisioned. Her actual usage fits the iPad fine, it's the technical side I'm asking about. I'd appreciate any feedback on the following... She can't get any hardwired Internet access to her house. She was on dial up until a few years ago when my brother set her up for Clearwire cellular-based Internet. He put the service on his account so she doesn't have to pay for it. Initially I was planning on buying a wireless router because she doesn't have wi-fi today. Then it occurred to me I could just get a cellular model iPad and let it have it's own Internet connection. The Clearwire service could then go away since the iPad will be the only device needing access. I would want to have her cellular access billed to me. But the Devil is in the details... I remembered today that the App Store has size limits for downloading apps over cellular. 100MB to be exact. I checked my iPad and I have a number of apps over 100MB though most of them are the types of games she would never play. I also just read that you can't backup to iCloud over cellular, only wi-fi. Since she will have no computer to back up to I was thinking iCloud may help here. My Mom doesn't keep anything of real importance on her computer. Losing it all, as just happened with her PC, isn't the end of the world. However, being in IT I still feel a lot better if there are backups. I do know that various types of data can still sync to iCloud so that might be good enough. Then I realized that ditching Clearwire also means losing her email address. Apple wants an email address to use for the Apple ID when setting up a new device. I've read they won't let you use an iCloud email address for your Apple ID. So, despite getting a free iCloud email address I still have to have a 3rd party email provider to use for her Apple ID. I won't use gmail. My best option right now seems to be expanding my pobox.com service so she can have an email address on my account. I'm very happy with their service and if I add her to my account then I can foot the bill too. And it literally just now occurred to me that I might need to get her a wi-fi router or AP anyway. She likes to print stuff. If she still wants to print I'll buy her an Airprint capable printer but she'll need wi-fi for the two devices to communicate. Uggh. Maybe I should have gone with my first plan and bought an Airport, kept the Clearwire service, and skipped the cellular capability on the iPad. I can still exchange the iPad (unopened) but would need to do so before I leave town in a few days. Any other gotcha's I haven't realized yet? TL;DR - What are the pitfalls and solutions for using an iPad as an only computer specifically with cellular as the only Internet connection? Not having wi-fi seems to be problem. Backups and large app downloads are limited. No streaming of any kind so typical data usage isn't a concern.