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What does iPad with Cellular mean anyway?

iPad with Cellular means the iPad has a SIM slot like a phone and can connect to the cellular data network, like your phone. A WiFi Only iPad can only connect to data (and say, browse the internet or download emails) if there is a WiFi network available which you can connect to. So if you plan to be out an about a lot with your iPad, getting one with cellular can be a great option.

Now, we have to be careful here because unlike a phone, iPad with Cellular only connects to data and not to voice or standard text messages (text messages use the voice network channel on your phone). If you use iMessage, you can send and receive text messages to other people using iMessage; these look like text messages but are actually sent over mobile data.

The upshot is that even with a functioning SIM card your phone won't take normal phone calls like a cellphone. That said, these days there are a ton of apps like Skype, FaceTime & WhatsApp to name a few, which enable you to make calls over the data network, and more and more of your contacts will be using these apps too.

The other advantage of iPad with Cellular is it comes with a GPS antenna, unlike WiFi Only. This means you can use your iPad with Cellular for maps and navigation which is great if you're going to use it on a boat or plane, or just for walking around touring a city - just make sure your get a water proof case if you're taking it out on the seas!

 *** Pro Tip ***

You can quickly tell if an iPad has cellular by looking at the top back of the iPad - if there's a thick black or white band like the one below you know it has cellular (that's where all the antennae go...)

 

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Comments on this post ( 23 )

  • Jan 07, 2020

    Thnk u for ur help thnk God for someone like u to let ppl like me knw what’s the difference of the ipad thnk 💯

    — Sheree

  • Jan 07, 2020

    Well explained. Very helpful. More power!

    — Margie king

  • Jan 07, 2020

    Brilliant site. Sorted out my issue with a data card on my new iPad Pro.

    Many thanks, straightforward answer. No messing.

    Best regards,

    Clifford Winter

    — Clifford Winter

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Should I exchange my WiFi one for a cellular?

    — Jean

  • Sep 18, 2019

    I have purchased an iPad Pro with no cellular should I return it and buy one with cellular?

    — jeannie

  • Sep 18, 2019

    You made it so clear. Thanks!

    — jackie

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Good explanation

    — Karla

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Can you text w just a WiFi device or do you need cellular too?

    — Dan

  • Sep 18, 2019

    My sis had internet/email access through her cable service. Her computer died and I want to replace with an iPad. Is one with wi-fi cellular what is neede?

    — Arlene

  • Sep 18, 2019

    My IPad has cellular but no SIM card
    Which sim do I need and where do I get it from
    Thank you

    — Roberta Bartington

  • Sep 18, 2019

    My IPad has cellular but no SIM card
    Which sim do I need and where do I get it from
    Thank you

    — Roberta Bartington

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Thank goodness for a site that gives clear and easy to understand information.

    — Diana

  • Sep 18, 2019

    If I am having trouble connecting with the internet with my phone. Will purchasing an i pad with wi fi help? Won’t it be connecting with the same towers?

    — susan hargis

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Was beginning to wonder if my question was dumb until I found this page where I easily got my answer (and more) to:
    “Why would I need an iPad Pro with cellular when I have my phone hotspot?”
    I will definitely be getting the cellular on the new IPAD.

    — Tracy

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Hi. If I buy an iPad in canada or the US for use in europe is it a compatible specification as they are much cheaper outside of the UK. I am looking at the 11 inch iPad pro?

    Thank you

    — Rick

  • Sep 18, 2019

    I have been given the run around for the last 2 months and could not get a straight answer as to if I can or cannot make and receive calls on any phone, cellular or landline, then in under 5 minutes, you told me everything I needed to know!

    Thank you!

    — Jackie

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Thank you so much for this information. – it really helped me understand the difference between Ipad with wifi and ipad with wifi + cellular.

    — Margaret M Platt

  • Sep 18, 2019

    does I pad pro cellular can make a call like a phone

    — tenzin

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Good 411, really good 411. Never would have thought about it like that before.

    — Lucky Strikes

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Hi Leslie, you can find all our iPad options here thanks: https://www.goodtech.co.nz/collections/ipad

    — GoodTech

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Where can I get one

    — Leslie

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Explanation is clear as a bell. Very useful as well. Gracias.

    — Dr. Manuel S Alguero

  • Feb 08, 2018

    Very useful information. Thank you!

    — KONSTANTINOS KRASOULIS, ATHENS GREECE

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