How to choose between LTE and tethering with iPhone

Wondering about differences in cost, ease of using each method, pros and cons.

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    Personally, I'd compare. Depending on your situation, it might or might not matter. You'd first have to ask your cell phone company how much they would charge per month beyond data just for your phone. If you go with a Wi-Fi + Cellular model, you have the option of setting your data allowance (each company has three options); tethered data on your phone doesn't give you an option and usually the amount is pretty low. A down side is that it's more draining on your phone battery, whereas if you got a Wi-Fi + Cell iPad, then you'd only use the battery on your iPad. If you're usually running home to charge your phone, then it's probably not a good idea to go with tethered data, as it would, again, use additional power when your iPad is connected to your phone's data. If you get a Wi-Fi + Cell iPad and at any time you know you don't need the phone service, you can suspend/discontinue it right on your iPad quickly without having to call your phone company/go into a phone company store and ask them to discontinue the tethered data, especially if you plan on canceling it temporarily. With tethered data you have the (small) convenience of paying for it with your phone bill, as it's part of it; on a Wifi + Cellular model iPad, they charge a credit/debit card monthly and you set that right up on your iPad. If you're still not sure which to do, then I'd recommend you ask an Apple employee, either here on Apple.com or speaking to someone in an Apple retail store or calling 1-800-MY-APPLE. They will gladly help you make the choice that's right for you.

    • Answered by Lisa G from Chaska
    • May 29, 2013