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the standard answer is yes - if you want wireless connectivity, outside of a WiFi environment, you have to pay for data separately. If you have the ability to turn your phone into a wifi hotspot, you could use that for data connectivity. Also - Verizon has just introduced plans that allow you to share data between multiple devices. This is likely coming soon on other carriers.
When you are purchasing a tablet, if you want data connectivity native to the device(not using wifi whether at home or through your phone) make sure you get a device that has the ability to connect via 3G or 4G. Most of the tablet manufacturers charge more to have that ability.
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cbcmary (Tuesday, June 12th, 2012)
In addition, IF you want internet connectivity outside WiFi, you'll need to get a WiFi + Cellular version UNLESS you're going to use your cell phone as a hot spot.
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I was actually asking this for my pastor; we've been talking about it and neither of us knew. He's been thinking about it because I told him some pastors are using the Ipad for sermon notes, etc. He has an iphone.
As stated, you either have to have wifi or cellular (3G/4G) to have internet. If you get an Android tablet with a USB port you can use a cellular dongle for internet access. Otherwise you will need to have a phone with wifi tethering or a mobile hotspot device. This is the tablet I bought recently that supports cellular dongles (and is also a great tablet in general): http://www.zenithink.com/Eproducts_C91_2.php
With AT&T you can turn the iPad cellular wireless on and off as desired. I'm not so sure about Verizon (even though I own a Verizon iPad - I haven't needed to activate it yet).
Verizon just announced new family plans where you can share data among devices - depending on your usage and the number of devices, that can be quite an economical way to go. I think AT&T is either doing or contemplating something similar.
Finally, the AT&T iPad will work only with AT&T. However, the Verizon iPad will work with both Verizon AND AT&T. I took the SIM out of my iPhone, plugged it into my iPad and the data worked just fine. I couldn't get cell phone calls, but I hate phones anyway so there was no loss there for me
This also means you can get any GSM based pre-paid data card that uses AT&Ts GSM network (except those that use the TMobile GSM - different radios required) Here's one. Looks better than the deal I get on my iPhone now I may cancel my contract when it's up and switch to that! There has to be a catch...
Anyway, for the iPad at least I think the Verizon iPad is the most flexible since you can use it with Verizon OR AT&T - the AT&T iPad, from everything I read (unless something has changed in the last six months) can ONLY be used with AT&T - no way to add Verizon to it later - which stinks.
Also, with the Verizon version of the iPad, if you go overseas there is DEFINITELY allot more choice for pre-paid data cards. We are a backwater when it comes to choices in plans and carriers for cellular here in the states...
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cbcmary (Wednesday, August 8th, 2012)