What is the difference between Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus cellular on an iPad? | iPhone Savvy

What is the difference between Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus cellular on an iPad?

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You'll be faced with this question when buying a new iPad.

There are three iPad models on the market (iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro) with a variety of storage options available. However, the iPad has another feature you'll have to consider when making a purchase, and that's whether to get Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus cellular.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding:

  • A Wi-Fi only iPad will only connect to a Wi-Fi network, like your home network or a Wi-Fi hotspot. 
  • The Wi-Fi Cellular model will connect using a cellular connection using cellular data.
  • The WiFi/cellular model will connect anywhere you can get a cellular connection, but you will have to pay for a cellular data connection for your iPad (ususally about $10 a month from your cellular provider). 

In short, if you want to use the full features of your iPad when you are traveling or out and about, get the Wi-Fi plus cellular model.  A Wi-Fi only iPad won't connect to the internet if you are not within range of a WiFi network.