Is it required... or neccasary?

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  1. theiThemer

    theiThemer Active Member

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    If you just wanted to buy an iPad for use on home Wi-Fi, and not get involved with any AT&T or any buisness like that, could you do it?

    Is it required that you have a data plan for it?
  2. bgizzle

    bgizzle Administrator Staff Member

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    No. The 3G models are $130 more.
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    theiThemer Active Member

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    So if I just wanted to have it on Wi-Fi, with no ties at all with AT&T, I could snag it for $500?
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    yes you could im doing that
  5. Harry Goldfarb

    Harry Goldfarb New Member

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    wait what yes i know there are the 3g models but could i just get the $499 one without a data plan with AT&T and just use my home network to connect via wifi?
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    the models without 3g have no way of connecting to AT&Ts network
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    Harry Goldfarb New Member

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    yea kk good was just makin sure lol
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    If you watch the keynote, the answers are there.

    There are 6 models: WiFi-only 16/32/64GB, and 3G+WiFi 16/32/64GB. Priced $499/599/699, and $629/729/829.

    The 3G models are all UNSUBSIDIZED. That means that there is no "official carrier," that you buy the 3G models straight from Apple, and that they are ALL UNLOCKED from the factory. This is the case worldwide. When you buy a 3G model, you are not committing to 3G service, and you are not signing any contracts with anybody. You just put your (micro-)SIM card in and go. No muss, no fuss.

    Now, in the U.S., the only two nationwide carriers that have GSM networks with SIM cards are AT&T and T-Mobile. So you are basically limited to those two. In addition, the T-Mobile 3G network is incompatible with the iPad, just like it is with the iPhone 3G, so you will only be able to use the slow EDGE data network if you use T-Mobile. Finally, AT&T has a special rate for iPad customers: $15/month for 250MB or $30/month for unlimited. This is a no-contract, cancel-whenever-you-want-without-penalty, month-to-month deal. In fact, it's prepaid, so there's no credit check anyway.

    So, the highlights:

    + No contract.
    + Month-to-month PREPAID.
    + UNLOCKED.

    -- Nathan
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    T-Mobile doesn't make a micro SIM card, so you can't use it at all with T-mobile.

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