Does the latest iPad require a cellular subscription in order to use its GPS for location services? (oh, and any reason to select AT&T over Verizon, or vice-versa?)
I've been given a wi-fi only iPad ("iPad 3") as a gift, and I'm considering exchanging it for a 4G LTE version. The 4G version has a GPS chip, the wi-fi only does not.
The main reason I'd like to upgrade is the possibility of using the GPS location fuctions offline (without a cellular data plan), so I might use it with map apps, etc, without requiring a data connection to Apple or Google.
I don't want to have a cellular data plan in general; I plan on primarily using the wi-fi connection only (although I would like the option if needed). Mainly, I want to have the precision of the GPS location services instead of the inferior wi-fi location functions.
I've found several websites (for example, here
) stating that I don't need a cellular subscription in order for the GPS to work (although the iPad will initially obtain satellite location information by pinging cell towers). However, the Apple employees I've spoken to over the phone have insisted that this isn't the case (one confirming his views with an in-store tech while I waited). Both have told me that I'd need a cellular subscription ("otherwise it's just like having a wi-fi only tablet").
Does anyone know the correct answer?
Finally, I don't have cell phone on either AT&T or Verizon's network. Is there one 4G network version to favor over the other? (I'm in PDX, local coverage should be fine for both and I don't travel much at the moment).