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FAQs related to the difference between cellular data and Wi-Fi on your Apple iPad with Retina Display

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2013

Answers to some of your questions about the difference between the Sprint networks and Wi-Fi
  • What are the benefits of the Sprint data networks and Wi-Fi?

    • Sprint 3G and 4G networks

      Your Apple iPad with Retina display supports 4G LTE and 3G, and not 4G (WiMAX).

      You can browse the Internet, download, or stream content on a Sprint data connection anywhere you can access a Sprint data signal.

      Sprint 4G LTE, Sprint 4G (WiMAX), and Sprint 3G networks are the three technologies that power Sprint data connections.

      With a Sprint 4G connection your Apple iPad with Retina display has faster access to services such as streaming video, sharing photos, and accessing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
      Sprint 4G LTE is the newest and fastest of the three platforms.
      It is available now in select markets with a planned full roll out to millions of Sprint customers.

      The Sprint 3G network offers a speedy Internet connection and uses less battery power than 4G.

      Troubleshoot data connectivity issues.

    • Wi-Fi

      Wi-Fi is one of the most underused and useful features on a smartphone, tablet, or a computer.

      It's a short-range static wireless connection. Anyone can set up a Wi-Fi network with an Internet connection and a router or a Wi-Fi hotspot.

      Some benefits of using Wi-Fi:

      • Preserves battery life: Up to 50% less power when connected to Wi-Fi instead of using a data connection on the Sprint networks.
      • Improves in-building coverage with faster data speeds.
      • Find Wi-Fi hotspots at public places like shopping centers, cafes, hotels or airports.
      • Traveling internationally: Wi-Fi capability is a must-have to get access to email and other applications.
      • Easy connectivity to Wi-Fi networks: Even though Wi-Fi offers static coverage to a specific area, you can connect to Wi-Fi networks without needing to re-enter the settings each time.

      Connect to a Wi-Fi network.

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