Which iPad 3rd Gen should I get Wifi, Verizon LTE, or AT&T LTE?
I pasted what they say on the site at the bottom of this comment. But if you go 4G i would lean towards AT&T as they work better outside the US and their more compatible with other carriers networks.
As for choosing between WiFi and 4G thats really up to you. i like the 4G because i can surf any where i don't have to join a network, get the password of the day from the clerk in the hotel or the barista at the Coffee shop i can just use the device. But i also use it when i am out and about which is why i like the 4G. Yes you can get a mifi but why carry around yet another device on top the iPad and what ever phone you are using? if you can afford the extra cost for the 4G its a nice convenience to have. if you can't i would suggest getting the most storage you can over the 4G if that is a concern for you.
Here is apple's blurb on traveling abroad.
The new iPad offers the most comprehensive support for fast networks around the world. It’s designed with two cellular antennas tuned to 12 different bands that access a larger frequency spectrum. That means you can travel almost anywhere in the world and get online. And your connection is always fast. iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G models for AT&T and for Verizon connect to GSM/UMTS networks worldwide. But if you want a local connection when you’re traveling, just pop in a local SIM card.
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- Apple has a good return policy and tend to wave the restocking fee if you are you buying another device of equal or greater cost. so if the Verizon don't work out internationally for you get the AT&T. i think you have 30 days.
- Best Buy if you are a silver Reward Zone member has a 45day return policy and no restocking fee.
Call Verizon and ask them about the swapping out of the SIM also ask Apple at the Retail Store about it and see what they say. My guess is that outside of the US since it has so many frequencies it support you should be fine on either device if you swap out the SIM. but thats just a guess on my part.
- Save money. It is cheaper upfront: $499 compared to $629 for 16GB. Also, you won't have to pay $15-$50 per month for a data plan that you think you'll use once in a while
- If you need to, you can use WiFi tethering/hotspotting to get internet on your iPad while you don't have WiFi access, but I think you could just use your phone for that
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