I have wi-fi in my home. Do I need cellular service for an iPad? I am confused. Help!
- Asked by Amy B from Naples
- Nov 28, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate (I have wi-fi in my home. Do I need cellular service for an iPad? I am confused. Help!)
2 Answers from the Community
You do not need cellular service for an iPad to utilize its basic features. But if you would like to browse the web, or download apps wirelessly you will need to have at least Wi-Fi service in your home, or access to Wi-Fi at another location. Apple sells an iPad that is Wi-Fi capable only and a version that is Wi-Fi + Cellular.
Wi-Fi version can only go online if there is a Wireless access point available. The Wi-Fi + Cellular version can do what the Wi-Fi version is capable of, but it is not dependent on only Wi-Fi availability if you purchase a cellular plan hence + Cellular. So if you need to use your iPad "everywhere", like a mobile phone, you need to buy it a cellular plan.
Hope that answers your question.
- Answered by Oliver B from San Diego
- Dec 16, 2013
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you can use your phone as a personal hotspot to give cellular data to your ipad when you are out of wi-fi range. You only need one cellular device for all of your devices.
- Answered by Tony Y
- Apr 24, 2014
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If I have a Wireless AirCard (LTE mobile Hotspot) with my service provider, will this work with the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular or do I still need a plan?
- Asked by Diana G from Mississauga
- Apr 25, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate (If I have a Wireless AirCard (LTE mobile Hotspot) with my service provider, will this work with the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular or do I still need a plan?)