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April 09,2020

Best cellular data options for iPad

Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson

How to get cellular data on your iPad

According to Apple the way to get cellular data on your iPad is to go to Settings > Cellular Data > Set Up Cellular Data (or) Add a New Plan.

This is easy enough if you have a cellular data plan already. However, If you don't already have a plan to add or set up, you'll need to figure out which plan is right for you.

Below, I've outlined some of the options people have when looking for the best cellular data for the iPad. What's best for you will depend on your data usage as well as the device you have.

cellular data options for iPad

Best options for cellular data for iPad

Wifi

Wifi access comes standard on most, if not, all iPads. You can always connect to any Wifi and access Safari, the App Store, and connect apps like Netflix and Amazon to the internet.Wifi is by far the cheapest option if you're already paying for home Wifi. Furthermore, most places like restaurants, coffee shops, and airports offer free Wifi. However, if you're on the move, or even if you want to connect from your back yard where your router doesn't reach, you may need to get cellular data for your iPad.

eSim

One option for getting cellular data on your iPad is the eSim. eSim, which stands for embedded SIM is a relatively new technology that has just recently started being added to smartphones. However, iPads have used eSIMs for quite some time. The eSim allows users to add cellular plans to devices that aren't traditionally paired with a mobile plan like iPads and smartwatches.

eSIM offers a way to get cellular data the smart way. It allows you to only purchase data you know you're going to use. If you are normally connected to wifi when using your iPad then you may not need a lot of cellular data. eSim allows you to save by only purchasing the data you need.

eSIM devices

Device Supports eSim
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
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iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
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iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
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iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
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iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
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iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
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iPad Pro 10.5-inch
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iPad Pro 9.7-inch
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iPad Air (3rd generation)
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iPad Air 2
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iPad (7th generation)
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iPad (6th generation)
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iPad (5th generation)
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iPad mini (5th generation)
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iPad mini 4
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iPad mini 3
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eSim Providers

There are many companies that offer eSim. Wificoin offers 1GB data both for the US and globally in 45 countries. You can top up as many times as you need but if you're mostly using wifi this is a great option. Truphone offers 34 regional plans which can be a bit complicated but great if you know exactly what you want. Flexiroam offers a lot of varying validity. The standard is 30 days but if you need some customization, then Flexiroam is a good option, however, it is the most expensive.

Sim

SIM cards offer the most flexibility, however, you have to get your hands on the actual SIM card. There are many SIM card providers that you can order from and will ship you the SIM card to insert into your device. Make sure you know which kind of SIM card your device needs as they come in varying sizes.

Although this is tried and true technology, having to get a new SIM every time you want to top up your data can be a pain; especially when you can top up your eSIM online in minutes. But if your iPad doesn't support eSIM this might be your only option for getting cellular data on your iPad.

cellular data options for iPad

Traditional carriers

Traditional carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon offer data roaming on SIM cards as well. This requires a plan with one of the carriers that usually entails monthly subscriptions and yearly contracts. Plans that don't require contracts often have upfront activation fees. For instance, the T-Mobile Magenta plan offers unlimited data, with no contract, however, there's a $30 activation fee.

To connect to your carrier's cellular data, make sure you've installed the Sim card, then go to Settings > Cellular Data to ensure that the plan is active.

Armed with this information you should be able to find the best iPad cellular data that's right for you.

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