UWCX Central IT, Support Services:
iPad Tablet Pre-Purchase Recommendations
Date Created: 12/1/2011Author: Mary Beno
Date Changed: 8/21/12Last Edited By: Mary Beno
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See UW Extension Purchasing Department Web Site at http://www.uwex.edu/business-services/purchasing/cell-phone.html
;Considerations before making an iPad purchase:
1)What kind of connectivity do you need?
•Wi-Fi – Provides Internet connectivity wherever an available open Wi-Fi network
is available or wherever a Wi-Fi network is available for which you have an
•iPad 2nd Generation Wi-Fi + 3G (Verizon or AT&T) – includes Wi-Fi
connectivity as well as 3G connectivity. 3G uses cellular signals, this service is
sold separately through Verizon or AT&T.
•iPad 3rd Generation Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (Verizon or AT&T) – includes Wi-Fi
connectivity as well as 4G LTE connectivity. 4G LTE uses cellular signals, this
service is sold separately through Verizon or AT&T.
This configuration requires a mobile contract set up via the DOA, State of WI
mandatory wireless contracts. Contracting this service is done through the
UWCX Business Office. Additional information for requesting a data plan can be
found at the end of this document.
2)What size storage do you need, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB?
Central IT, Support Services recommends a minimum of 32GB of storage.
• If you're going to surf the web, download a small number of apps and
books, store your favorite music, and check email on your iPad, the 16GB model
should offer enough storage for you.
• If you're going to surf the web, download a larger number of apps
and keep a larger library of books, store a lot of music, and check email, as well
as store photos, opt for the 32GB model
• If you want to store as many songs, photos, books, and apps as you can
on your iPad, the 64GB model is your best bet.
3)Will you want to connect the iPad to a projector or other device?
•Consider for what purpose you may want to use the iPad and determine
what iPad accessories may be necessary for those uses. Listed below are
some of the available iPad accessories.
- Dock Connector to VGA Adapter- Case and/or cover
- Digital AV Adapter- Camera Connection Kit
- Stylus- Screen Protection
- Dock- Keyboard Dock
4)If you want support for your iPad from the UWCX Central IT, Service Center you must:
•Purchase the extended AppleCare Protection plan for iPad.
NOTE: If you are not able to resolve an issue after contacting Apple Support
you may request the assistance of the Central IT, Service Center.
•Purchase an Apple Store Volume License Purchase card for iPad Apps.
Required under the State of WI contract if you wish to legally purchase Apps
for the iPad without sales tax.
•Set up a Business iTunes account.
•Present your iPad to Central ITS Service Center staff at 780 Regent Street to
be asset tagged.
NOTE: Detailed documentation will be provided upon request.
;Where to Purchase an iPad:
1)Wireless Provider: If you will be requiring mobile wireless service with
your IPAD, please order your service and device at the same time from the
2)DoIT Tech Store: If purchasing an IPAD for WIFI only, please purchase from
the DoIT Tech Store where there is trained staff to assist you in making your
selection. You can also shop online at
You can find a link to Apple products in the upper left hand corner of the DoIT
Departmental Techstore web page.
3)You may contact Mary Beno at UWCX Central IT, Support Services at 262-
1736 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with your purchase.
;Submitting a Verizon or AT&T request to contract for data service:Additional information about the "Request to contract for data service" can be found on the UW Extension Purchasing Department Web Site at http://www.uwex.edu/business-
•To complete steps 4, 4b, 4c & 5 go to the DOA Contract: Vendor Information (Verizon
Wireless or AT&T). When the Verizon or ATT Wireless window opens scroll down to
Service Ordering: New Service and then click on the Click here button.