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convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
docotto
Member

How can I convert my IPads from cellular/wifi to wifi only?

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Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
tikibar1
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

You can cancel the lines of service and then use the iPads over wi-fi only.

To cancel service or remove a line permanently: Call Customer Service at (800) 392-0717, (Mon – Fri, 7 AM - 9 PM, Sat – Sun, 8 AM – 9 PM local time).

From  Suspend Service FAQs 

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Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
Ann154
MVP MVP
MVP

Also be sure to remove the SIM card from the device after the line is canceled. 

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
kmdoherty123
Member

I had my ipad data plan changed to wifi only last month but they did not say anything to me about taking out the SIM card.....how and why do I need to do this?   Can you explain?

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tikibar1
Sr. Leader
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Data plans are not "changed to wi-fi only".  You need to ensure that the line for the iPad was canceled.  The SIM card is what connects the iPad to the VzW service; removing the SIM card ensures that there's no connection.

Removing SIM card from iPhone/iPad 

 

Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
rcschnoor
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

@kmdoherty123 wrote:

I had my ipad data plan changed to wifi only last month but they did not say anything to me about taking out the SIM card.....how and why do I need to do this?   Can you explain?


When the SIM card is removed, the device has no way of connecting with the cellular network. With the SIM card in, the device has the capability to connect to the network. If for some reason, the device started connecting to the network and you were charged, I am sure you would not be happy. Removing the SIM card removes this possibility from the equation.

Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

Hello, docotto. That's a great question. I want to make sure that we provide you with the information you need. Could you please tell us a bit more about why you'd like to transition to Wi-Fi only? Cellular data is especially beneficial when you're on the go. What has changed recently about your usage?

 

LauraF_VZW

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Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
rcschnoor
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

@vzw_customer_support wrote:

Hello, docotto. That's a great question. I want to make sure that we provide you with the information you need. Could you please tell us a bit more about why you'd like to transition to Wi-Fi only? Cellular data is especially beneficial when you're on the go. What has changed recently about your usage?

 

LauraF_VZW


It's interesting that you mention this. MOST people who have a tablet would also have cell phone, too. It seems that the cell phone would be able to provide wifi data to the tablet just as good as the tablet would be able to connect to cellular network, at LESS of a cost to the consumer AND with less profit for Verizon.

You are correct that cellular data is especially beneficial when you are on the go, but is just seems to be an unnecessary cost to the consumer to have 2 separate charges for that cellular data when one SHOULD be enough. I know you want to make sure to get every possible dime out of your customer's pockets, but this is just getting ridiculous.

Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
Tigerstep
Sr. Member

@rcschnoor wrote:

@vzw_customer_support wrote:

Hello, docotto. That's a great question. I want to make sure that we provide you with the information you need. Could you please tell us a bit more about why you'd like to transition to Wi-Fi only? Cellular data is especially beneficial when you're on the go. What has changed recently about your usage?

 

LauraF_VZW


It's interesting that you mention this. MOST people who have a tablet would also have cell phone, too. It seems that the cell phone would be able to provide wifi data to the tablet just as good as the tablet would be able to connect to cellular network, at LESS of a cost to the consumer AND with less profit for Verizon.

You are correct that cellular data is especially beneficial when you are on the go, but is just seems to be an unnecessary cost to the consumer to have 2 separate charges for that cellular data when one SHOULD be enough. I know you want to make sure to get every possible dime out of your customer's pockets, but this is just getting ridiculous.


Your phone will stop functioning as a phone and your battery will drain. For someone who needs their phone open at all times, this is not ideal for them.

If you need a wifi only tablet, you really shouldn't bother getting one from a carrier anyway.

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Re: convert cellular data ipad to wifi only
rcschnoor
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

@Tigerstep wrote:

@rcschnoor wrote:

@vzw_customer_support wrote:

Hello, docotto. That's a great question. I want to make sure that we provide you with the information you need. Could you please tell us a bit more about why you'd like to transition to Wi-Fi only? Cellular data is especially beneficial when you're on the go. What has changed recently about your usage?

 

LauraF_VZW


It's interesting that you mention this. MOST people who have a tablet would also have cell phone, too. It seems that the cell phone would be able to provide wifi data to the tablet just as good as the tablet would be able to connect to cellular network, at LESS of a cost to the consumer AND with less profit for Verizon.

You are correct that cellular data is especially beneficial when you are on the go, but is just seems to be an unnecessary cost to the consumer to have 2 separate charges for that cellular data when one SHOULD be enough. I know you want to make sure to get every possible dime out of your customer's pockets, but this is just getting ridiculous.


Your phone will stop functioning as a phone and your battery will drain. For someone who needs their phone open at all times, this is not ideal for them.

If you need a wifi only tablet, you really shouldn't bother getting one from a carrier anyway.


My Pixel 3 works just fine as a phone when I have devices connected to its hotspot.