Will iPad 3G work w/o a plan?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ikimasu, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. ikimasu macrumors member

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    This may be a dumb question, but I don't really know a lot about Apple products (I only own an iPod classic and iPod touch, although my wife has an iMac and MacBook), nor have I yet owned a smart phone even. So cut me a little slack if it is. :)

    Basically I'm definitely going to get an iPad at some point, but I'm not sure yet if I would want/need to fork out for a monthly bill for 3G coverage (though I lean towards the idea that I would like to have it). However, if I buy an only wifi version, I can't ever get 3G obviously. But I didn't know if the 3G version could be used (or even bought) without a plan. Does anyone know if one could purchase and use the iPad 3G without a 3G plan of some sort?
     
  2. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    3G plan is optional without a contract to iPads that are equipped with a 3G receiver which is an optional feature when the iPad is bought for a $130 option. See keynote address for more details.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The units are identical aside from the 3G system, so I don't know why you'd buy a 3G iPad in order to not use it.
     
  4. skubish macrumors 68030

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    A plan is not required. Its basically like the GO phones (month to month you can cancel anytime).
     
  5. calderone macrumors 68040

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    You should "ikimasu" and do some research. I bet you would have found your answer.
     
  6. ikimasu thread starter macrumors member

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    Simply to have the option ... basically I think that I would probably want 3G, but I'm not totally sure of that. However, with the wifi only version, I would never even have the choice. If I did decide that I didn't want 3G though, I have to admit - that would suck to have spend the extra money. But I'm willing to risk it as long as I can use it w/o 3G.

    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    haha, yes I suppose so ... I did check these forums but I didn't see anything. Can't a man be a little lazy now and then? :D
     
  7. PorterRocks macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, there's no way I would get the 3G version if I was required to purchase data every month. I like that 3G is pay-as-you-go. I only wish the iPhone had the same option.
     
  8. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    I'm buying the 3G model, it's worth having even if you don't use it, mainly because.. you might.
     
  9. iVoid macrumors 65816

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    Keep in mind the 3G version also has A-GPS, so if you want that, you need the 3G version. Add one of the map products with local maps and you're all set.
     
  10. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I'm the same way. I'm not going to shell out an extra $15 every month, but I'm wondering if at some point in the next three or whatever years I might need it. Honestly, I'm thinking that instead of spending that $130, I might just buy my uncle a wireless router. It's hard to know what to do. I wish it was only a $50 option, but I know those things aren't cheap.

    Luckily we have a couple of months to decide. If there was a reduced price for iPhone subscribers, maybe $10/month off without a contract, I'd probably drop for the 3G.
     
  11. Julien macrumors G3

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    Obviously the Assisted part won't work without Cell service but will the GPS (only) work without 3G? An easy answer: does GPS work on a 3G/3GS iPhone without cell service? I realize Goggle Maps would not (since it needs to download the maps) but what about a program like Navagon?
     
  12. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    The ATT 3G service is pre-paid, not contract. You can buy service for the months you want it, and deactivate on months you don't. It's like a light switch.
     
  13. OllyW Moderator

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    The iPhone is available on PAYG, you just need to move somewhere with more flexible networks. ;)
     
  14. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    Because you might want to use it, someday. You can buy that possibility for $130 without further committment and no downside, and you can fulfill it by opting to pay a monthly, no-contract fee of $15 or $30 per month. IMHO, anyone who even thinks they might want away-from-wifi connectivity ought to drop the extra $130 and buy the capability. They can decide later if they want to execute it.
     
  15. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Sure there is a downside... you don't use it so you wasted $130. That is why I won't be getting it. $130 is a lot of $ to spend on "might" when technology moves so fast. If this was a 10 proposition it could be worth putting the xtra $ down, but 4G will be out in a couple of years and 3G will be like EDGE is now.

    If you know 100% there will be times you'll need 3G its great, but to just buy "in case," is a dubious "investment."
     
  16. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Higher resale value
     
  17. ikimasu thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, that is a potential downside but I don't think it outweighs the benefits. The freedom to use 3G if you want, especially when the plan is pay-as-you-go, plus the higher resale value (to help buy newer versions if desired), are both big benefits in my mind. Besides, if 4G is a couple of years away, then this iPad will be obsolete by that point anyway, and I'll probably want a newer version regardless.

    But I do have to admit it's a tough decision, especially considering you get a 64GB Wi-fi only version for less than a 32GB 3G version. $130 is a lot, for sure. But think of it this way: When you buy your first smart phone, you're taking a chance - you might not really end up using the data plan that much, despite the fact that you're paying a lot for both the plan and then phone. You could spend considerably less on a regular phone deal. But you take the chance because you assume there's a good chance you'll use those extra features.

    This might not affect a lot of people, but for me at least I've never had a smart phone of any kind. If I did, I'd probably know better whether or not I'd use the data plan. But since I don't, forking out the extra $130 for the 3G version is worth it. I could still change my mind - I probably won't get an iPad of any kind until May/June, so I'll hopefully get my hands on one and play with it some, read reviews, etc. enough to have a more informed decision by that point.
     

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