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I recently picked up “the new iPad,” and one of the main reasons was because of the ability to use it as a hotspot. Sure, I could have dropped my pseudo-unlimited data plan on my iPhone and used it for a hotspot (and I suppose I still can in a pinch), but I wanted the better battery life of the iPad – and the better speed of LTE. So I bought a Verizon LTE model rather than the AT&T version, for all the reasons Terry and others have discussed here.

One thing I wanted to bring to your attention, though, if you are like Terry and me – upgrading from an AT&T iPad with an unlimited data plan you want to keep (after all AT&T has claimed they aren’t throttling iPad unlimited plans). As Terry has related, all you need to do is pull out the Verizon SIM card and put in your AT&T card, and you will get your 3G plan. But if you are one of those folks who turn the plan off and on again at different times of the year, you better have access to an AT&T iPad. Because if you try and and access your account on your iPad to turn it on or off, you’ll be greeted by this:

Rethink Possible indeed.

I guess AT&T wouldn’t be keen to support a Verizon model – but why not? Isn’t it a chance for more revenue? Just like the fact that you can’t get tethering with AT&T, and their LTE coverage is pitiful compared to Verizon’s,they just couldn’t get it right.

If I want to turn this off (and I might at times) I will pop it back in my old iPad2 (that I have passed on to my wife). But what if I didn’t have that? I guess a call to AT&T is in order, as the iPad provisioning web page doesn’t seem to have a way to turn it off.

So why am I keeping it anyway? Sometimes I want to stream a lot of data, and 3G speed is good enough. Plus, it gives me options – if I am out of range of Verizon, I can always fall back to AT&T.

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