Why buy LTE in an iPad if you have an iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by zackify, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. zackify macrumors member

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    Unless you just have extra money to spend, why would you purchase LTE in an iPad if you're on Verizon with an iPhone 5? You can share the data for free so what's the point in spending hundreds more for an iPad with LTE?
     
  2. JustLeft macrumors 6502

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    I bought the LTE iPad 3 so I could use it as a wifi hotspot without running my phone battery down. Add that to the fact that you can't do voice and data at the same time on Verizon and it makes sense. Also, I am able to get through an entire day using my iPad as a hotspot.
     
  3. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    GPS if its worth the extra $130 for you. Otherwise, not really worth it unless you travel a lot.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I personally couldn't justify the LTE version of an iPad, especially because I can set up a personal hotspot on my iPhone.
     
  5. zackify thread starter macrumors member

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    For me, it doesn't seem to be worth the extra $100+ dollars, I would rather get more storage (which is also a rip off) for that price. But I see why it would be nice to have.

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    How can it be worth it for that reason if you have an iPhone 5 already?
     
  6. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Because having LTE on the iPad is more convenient. And some of us don't mind paying extra for a little more convenience.
     
  7. darkknight11 macrumors member

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    also, VZ is unlocked to the 3G overseas so you can pop in another SIM and VZ LTE iPad is more compatible with multiple international carriers..
     
  8. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    I think for 80-90% of people. An LTE iPad isn't necessary.

    Most either have hotspot enabled or are around wifi. Just remember readers on macrumors aren't ur regular consumers

    If I didn't have unlimited LTE Verizon data plan from my Verizon sim. I wouldn't have gotten a Verizon LTE iPad and gotten a wifi iPad.
     
  9. stringbeanie macrumors 6502

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    The title of your post does not mention the Verizon part. For me, I am on AT&T on my iphone 5 with grandfathered unlimited data. I need a hot spot to do work on my laptop and can't get it with the phone because AT&T doesn't allow it on my plan. This is the reason why I need a hotspot and ability to use the ipad outside of wifi zones.
     
  10. zackify thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, I forgot to put it in.
     
  11. Penn Jennings macrumors 6502

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    I use my iPad 3 as my map during multi-day hikes. The LTE version has GPS, the wifi does not. That alone is worth it to me.

    I have an iPhone 5 and iPad, I can also tell you, tethering will kill your battery in just a hours, so will running the GPS. The iPads much larger battery allows you the same or greater functionality without a dead phone in 4 hours.
     
  12. zackify thread starter macrumors member

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    Good to know, btw, what apps do you use for hiking? I'm guessing something that fetches map data in advance?
     
  13. Chargerdan macrumors member

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    +1

    Come on iOS 6 jailbreak.
     
  14. Baggio macrumors 6502

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    I am going to add it mobile share plan replacing my iPad 1 with 3G. It's $10 a month to add a tablet. I have 2 iPhones and 1 iPad with 10 GB of data. I have plenty of data. Work pays my phone bill, so it really doesn't matter to me. I have free tethering, but rarely use it unless I need access on my laptop.
     
  15. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Convienance of not having to hot spot the iPhone so you have "extra" data if you aren't using a share plan with it. Always on data, iPhones hotspot kicks you off after a few minutes of inactivity. If you lose your iPhone in a taxi or somewhere you're not stuck without data. Plethora of reasons, none of the pertain to you probably.

    The biggest one would be; work pays for your mobile devices so why the hell not?
     
  16. Clix Pix, Oct 28, 2012
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    I live in the Washington, DC area, which is one of the areas about to be hammered by Hurricane Sandy / Frankenstorm. I have WiFi at home, which I'm using right now. I also have the iPhone 5 (AT&T grandfathered unlimited cellular data), the iPad 2 (AT&T 3 G) and the iPad 3 (AT&T LTE). I have used the cellular data from time to time when in situations where there is no WiFi and I needed access to the internet. That's made this valuable right there. However, there's more: I fully anticipate that in the next day or so my power will go out for an unknown period of time. During that time, assuming that the cellular networks are all functioning properly, I will still be able to make phone calls (iPhone) and also check in with friends and family via iPhone and both iPads through cellular data, and I'll be able to check in on what is happening around my area and in other areas through the same cellular data access. That is why I have this on my iPads. Sure, I don't need to use it often, but by gum, when I do, I want it there, and it is. One device runs out of juice? No problem -- pick up the next one and continue where I left off. Eventually I'll be able to run out to the car to recharge at least the iPhone and maybe one iPad, but that may or may not be necessary, depending upon how long the outage is.

    To me, having cellular data available on my iPads is very valuable and I am thankful for it in situations such as the one many of us are about to face.
     
  17. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    If you're that concerned, why not get a gas powered generator as well? We all know Pepco is not the best when it comes to speedy repair.
     
  18. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I live in a condominium apartment complex. No generators allowed. No gas, either, for that matter. Once the electricity goes out, that's it......
     
  19. JodyK macrumors 6502a

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    For me it's the other way around ... Have a grand fathered unlimited AT&T iPad sim and have unlocked iPhone 5 on T-Mobiles slow edge speed. So I share iPad to iPhone through MyWi.
     
  20. scorpio1973 macrumors 6502a

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    I am currently grandfathered in to AT&T's unlimited data on my iPhone 4S. If I wanted to enable the hotspot feature on my phone, I would lose it. That was a deal breaker for me. So, spending the extra $130 for an LTE enabled iPad 3 was worth it to me. Also, I am not always near wifi, so I love the ability to connect when I am out and about.
     
  21. Crabnbass Guest

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    I'm a commercial fisherman, and I use the iPad for a backup navigational tool. There are some very useful weather apps as well. Probably in the minority on that one however. Only having coverage <25 miles offshore is the only downside. Plus, the iPhone's screen is really small for internet access isn't it?
     

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