How to get internet for your iPad or tablet

  • Tips for connecting your iPad to the internet
  • Wi-Fi techonology explained
  • Best value broadband deals

Have you recently bought an iPad or similar tablet and are now unsure how to connect to the internet? You’re aware you need some sort of wireless connection but you don’t know which plan to choose? Never fear, this is not uncommon! Considering the many different technologies available and the vast number of plans on the market it is not surprising most people feel confused about purchasing internet for their tablet. There are a number of ways to use the internet on your iPad and this article will explain all your options and suggest which plans are the best on the market.

 


The first thing you should find out is what type of iPad have you purchased? There are two kinds of iPads on the market; one that has both a 3G (or 4G) feature and a Wi-Fi feature, and one that only has a Wi-Fi feature. If there is a slot to insert a mirco SIM in your iPad then it has both features. If it does not have slot then you have a Wi-Fi only iPad. If you are unsure check the product’s box or with the retailer you bought it from.


Mobile broadband SIM
If you have the iPad with both 3G (or 4G as some of them do) and Wi-Fi then you can purchase a mobile broadband plan. An iPad with both features allows you to insert a mobile broadband SIM card into the iPad. The SIM will allow you to connect to the internet anywhere; you can use your iPad inside your home and outside (on public transport, at the park, shopping centres etc). The technology works just like the internet on your mobile phone.

 


Mobile broadband plans come in a range of data amounts. They usually start at around 1GB and go up to a maximum of 20GB per month. The plan you choose will depend on how much internet you will be using each month. Below are a few plans that are great value for money:

Optus - call 1300 359 437
5GB for $24.95 per month
20GB for $74.95 per month

Club Telco - call 1300 138 155
2GB for $15 per month
15GB for $55 per month

When you sign up to the mobile broadband plan make sure you specify that it is for an iPad. You should receive a micro SIM which you can insert into your iPad.

Mobile broadband with Wi-Fi device
If the iPad you have bought does not have 3G or 4G, or a place to insert a SIM you will need to use some sort of Wi-Fi device to connect to the internet. There are many devices on the market that allow you to insert a SIM and connect to the internet wirelessly. These devices come in the form of dongles, pocket Wi-Fis, mini Wi-Fis or USB modems. You will be able to take the wireless modem with anywhere and connect to the internet outside of your house.
For this type of connection Optus is the best provider. They offer the most competitive mobile broadband prices per month and they allow you to pay off a Wi-Fi device per month. An Optus E5331 Mini Wi-Fi will cost you $8 a month on top of any of these mobile broadband plans:


Optus - call 1300 137 897
2GB for $19.95 per month
5GB for $24.95 per month
10GB for $34.95 per month
15GB for 54.95 per month
20GB for $74.95 per month

What to do if you want more than 20GB of data?
If you want to be able to use more than 20GB of data per month then the best solution for you would be to get an ADSL broadband plan with a Wi-Fi modem. This type of internet requires you to have a telephone line and you will not be able to take the internet with you outside of your house. You will only have Wi-Fi inside your house and can only connect to the internet with your iPad when you are at home. The company you sign up with will organise the activation of your telephone line. Below are great value ADSL plans:

TPG unlimited broadband for $59.99 per month – call 1300 106 751
MyNetFone 200GB for $49.95 per month – call 1300 421 046

 

Conclusion
To recap you can either purchase a mobile broadband SIM to insert directly into you iPad, purchase a Wi-Fi device to insert SIM, or get an ADSL broadband connection with a Wi-Fi modem. The mobile broadband SIM and mobile broadband Wi-Fi device can be used outside of your house but with limited amount of data. The ADSL broadband with Wi-Fi modem can offer more data but can only be used within the house.