The iPad has Wi‑Fi capabilities built in to keep you connected.  You access a Wi-Fi connection.  There are free accessible wireless networks called Wi-Fi hotspots.  When you are away from home, you could access free hotspots in public areas like airports, coffee shops, restaurants, hospitals and other public locations and can be very handy.  It can be free, but some require a fee for use.  The problem is when there is no hotspot or you are required to pay, then you may want to purchase a Wireless Internet Plan for your iPad.  Many internet providers have great wireless plans for your iPad and there are many plans available to choose from.  Also for a minimal monthly amount, you can add your iPad to your smartphone plan, these are shared plans.

Let’s look at great plans from the 2 leading internet providers. Both IPSs have 3 plans that are similar in what service they offer.

  • Sharing with other devices – Sharing Wireless Internet with Smartphone
    • Rogers Shared Plan – Two plans; $12 and $17 with Smartphone and up to 4 additional devices.
    • Bell Mobility Data Sharing Plan – Starts at $10 per month, per device
  • iPad Plan that increases with usage
    • Rogers Flex Rate Plan - Monthly fee ranging from $5-40 dollars (depending on how much usage you require).
    • Bell Mobility Tablet Flex data (SIM only) Plan – 3 Plans; $5, $10 and $15.
  • Plan for iPad and iPad 2
    • Rogers On Device Plan –2 Plans; $15 and $35
    • Bell Mobility 30-Day Pass -  4 plans; $15, $20, $35, $45

Another option to getting an iPad Wireless Internet plan from your ISP is to use your Cell Phones as your personal hotspot, this is called tethering (Internet sharing).  To activate your Personal Hotspot, here are the steps; Go to Settings – Personal Hotspot – Turn it on, you will get a password generated or you can change it. 

Next - Go to your laptop or iPad, Go to your Wireless Networks, look for the iPhone in the wireless networks, add the password and you’re good to go.  To check your personal hotspot usage, go to Settings – General – Usage – Cellular Usage.  This can also be done using USB and Bluetooth. 

To find more information and what options are available for your device, go to Apple Support  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3574

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