The iPad is an awesome technological device packed with features which make it a very good portable device for both entertainment and work. The iPad posses wireless cellular hardware allowing for high speed internet access from almost 98% of the UK by population coverage. If you can access the internet from your mobile you can access the 3G and soon the 4G network across the UK. The iPad cellular model is ideal for those road warriors and business people. Much of the decision to go with model of iPad depends on your usage. Even occasional users can benefit from 3G access by means of iPad SIM only deals. Both pay as you go and monthly plans are easily accessible from the top UK network providers.
Should you opt for just the Wi-Fi model?
To access the best features of the iPad you will need access to the web for some the best functions like browsing the web or streaming video and even playing online games. Most people will use the iPad from home using their home Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi has limitations in that once you are out of range you can no longer get access. Wi-Fi is also not always accessible and you also have the difficulty of finding the wireless access keys of different networks.
To avoid these difficulties and get seamless access to the web to download the latest apps on your iPad a variety of mobile networks not only have iPads on contract but also offer access to the mobile broadband network. This can be on a month to month basis or via daily usage plans depending on the type of usage required.
Choosing the right plan
Some networks provide as much as 10GB per month for £15 per month. Other networks provide quiet time access where you can further increase your download limit. Daily plans start from £2 for 200MB access which maybe ideal for getting email access or for light web browsing. As networks have differing coverage and network strength you can also use this type of deal for testing the network coverage in you location if you plan to get a longer agreement.
Activating your SIM card
The network operator will provide a SIM card for you to use with your iPad. The 3G model will come with a SIM card extraction tool included with the packaging of the iPad. This is tool is used for ejecting the Micro-SIM tray and inserting and activating the SIM card which is supplied by the operator. It is always advisable to turn off the device before carrying out this procedure to prevent damage to the SIM or the iPad itself. Using the tool firmly push the tool into the pin hole to eject the tray. Place the SIM on the tray and reinsert back into the iPad. On doing this you can then start using setting up the iPad for use with the mobile broadband network.