iPad Air: Cellular Service Plans

Before you even get a chance to set-up your new iPad Air – you ‘ll want to make sure that you got one that is right for you.  What size iPad should you get?  And of course do I get an iPad Air that has Wifi and 4G coverage.

In addition to the extra cost of the iPad outfitted with Wifi – you’ll have to pay for that dreaded data plan.  We’ve broken it down, so you can see what provider makes the most sense for you from a cost perspective.

AT&T

1. Buy the iPad Air with a 2-year contract for $529.99, which locks you into paying $30/month for 3GB of data.

2. Buy the iPad Air unsubsidized for $629.99 and buy data on a month-to-month basis for $30/month for 3GB of data.

3. Add iPad Air to your smartphone Mobile Share plan, which costs $50/month for 2GB, plus $45/month per smartphone, and $20/month for iPad Air access. That works out to $115/month.

Monthly Cost for Data on iPad Air Only: $30 for 3GB

Verizon

1. Buy the iPad Air with a 2-year contract for $529.99, which locks you into a Share Everything plan that costs $30/month for 4GB plus $10/month for iPad Air access.

2. Buy the iPad Air unsubsidized for $629.99 and buy the same Share Everything plan above, but on a month-to-month basis.

3. Add iPad Air to your smartphone Share Everything plan, which costs $60/month for 2GB, plus $40/month per smartphone, and $10/month for iPad Air Access. That works out to $110/month.

Monthly Cost for Data on iPad Air Only: $40 for 4GB

Sprint

1. Buy iPad Air with 2-year contract for $529.99, which locks you into paying $34.99/month for 3GB of data.

2. Buy the iPad Air unsubsidized for $629.99 and buy the same 3GB tablet-only plan on a month-to-month basis.

Monthly Cost for Data on iPad Air Only: $34.99 for 3GB

T-Mobile

1. By iPad Air in full for $629.99 up front or $0 up front and 24 monthly payments of $26.25, and then pay $30/month for 2.5GB of data that you can by on a month-to-month basis.

Monthly Cost for Data on iPad Air Only: $30 for 2.5GB