AT&T iPad Case Brings 4G LTE Service to WiFi-Only Devices
iPad users who bought WiFi-only devices can add a 4G-enabled case from AT&T that will allow them to use their iPads even when they are not near a WiFi connection.If you bought a WiFi-only iPad and have had buyer's remorse because you wish you also had 4G LTE capabilities, you might want to check out the new iPad case from AT&T that will extend 4G connectivity to iPads that don't have built-in 4G systems. The new AT&T Modio Smartcase, unveiled Jan. 6 at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, is designed and built to bring 4G LTE services to iPads that came from the factory only with WiFi capabilities. The Modio Smartcase will be available for iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini tablets for customers of AT&T's network, according to the company. The first Modio Smartcases will be available for iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini WiFi models to start, while additional cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad Air WiFi models will be available in the future, the company said. Release dates and pricing have yet to be announced. The cases will allow users to receive 4G LTE connectivity under AT&T Mobile Share plans. "The AT&T Modio Smartcase gives you the freedom and convenience to connect your WiFi-only tablet to AT&T's blazing fast 4G LTE network," Jeff Bradley, an AT&T Mobility senior vice president for device marketing and developer services, said in a statement. "Secure and easy to set up and use, AT&T is proud to deliver you another industry first, enabling you to stay connected at home or while on-the-go."
The new smartcase includes a built-in 4,600mAh battery that gives users up to 10 hours of continuous use, and also includes a micro SD card slot that allows users to give their iPads up to 32GB of additional storage space. Users can also monitor and manage their data usage with the accompanying AT&T Modio Data application that comes with the case, according to AT&T.