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Here’s how to buy the iPad (2020) and iPad Air 4

The  iPad (2020) is now available for purchase, and the iPad Air 4 is close behind. Both options have a lot to offer those looking for a standard-sized iPad, whether you want cost savings or lots of extra performance. If you’re looking to buy for the holidays or make a purchase right now, we can help out with the best ways to buy (and some extra advice on getting deals). Here’s everything you need to know.

Buying the iPad (2020)

Note that you don’t have to buy from Apple. Major retailers are also carrying the newest iPad. You can get it from Amazon if you prefer (there are also cellular models available). Here’s where to buy from Target, and here’s where you can get it on Best Buy.

These stores may be a better choice if you are part of their loyalty programs or have credits you can use to help with your purchase. However, Apple is a great default option because it’s very easy to customize, add engravings if you want, and purchase AppleCare for an extended warranty.

Buy the iPad Air 4

The iPad Air 4 is out in October 2020, and Apple does not allow you to preorder directly from its site. That means the company won’t allow anyone else to sell preorders, either. Best Buy and other sites will have the Air 4 listed, but you won’t be able to place an order until it’s finally released. Apple is being a bit cagey about the precise date, but it’s safe to assume it will happen before Halloween.

If the release date hasn’t hit and you’re feeling antsy, visit the iPad Air 4 page and customize your Air 4 early, so you know exactly what specs you want. Then, when the release drops, you can immediately choose the right model based on what you know you want.

Looking for deals? Remember to trade-in

New Apple devices, and Apple products in general, don’t usually have that many deals. However, there is one way that you can guarantee that you save when buying a new iPad — combine it with a trade-in of an old Apple device.

Any Apple trade-in will do, but it’s especially handy to give up an old iPad in exchange for the new model. First, visit the Apple Trade In site and select the type of device that you want to trade. Apple will then ask you some basic questions about the model, so try to have the serial number at hand if possible. You can then choose to get an Apple Store online credit that you can apply to the purchase of a new iPad, and Apple will send you a box to send your device back to the company.

Amounts can vary based on the age of the device and wear and tear, but an iPad (2019) in good condition can help you net more than $200 toward buying a new model! The actual credit does vary with time and may decrease as time passes or demand changes, so it’s important to trade-in as soon as you can.

Otherwise, you can wait for around the holidays. You might get a special deal for extra money on a trade-in, or companies like Target or Best Buy may offer gift cards along with the purchase of a new iPad, as they have many years in the past. It won’t count as a major discount, but every bit helps.

Looking for accessories?

Need some new accessories to go with your new iPad? Apple will recommend a couple when you make your purchase, but for the full list, you will want to visit the iPad accessories page.

Remember that compatibility varies between the iPad (2020) and the Air 4. For example, the Air 4 is compatible with the latest Smart Folio keyboard with a trackpad, while the iPad only works with the older Smart Keyboard, and different Apple Pencils also have different requirements. Apple is good about noting the compatibility in their product titles on this webpage, so read carefully, and you should be fine.

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Boost Mobile Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Just about everyone knows the names of the “Big Four” top-tier wireless service providers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, for every one of these major network operators there are a number of others with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.These prepaid Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) license towers from the big names in the space.Let’s take a closer look at Boost Mobile and learn about it the brand, its rates, and features.About Boost MobileFollowing the Sprint and T-Mobile merger, DISH has acquired Boost Mobile. Boost Mobile operates in the United States with a nationwide CDMA/LTE network for coverage. It offers pre-paid rate plans which means no long term contracts or obligations.Taxes and fees are included and include unlimited talk, text, and data. Additionally, the come with mobile hotspot capabilities and unlimited music streaming.What deals does Boost offer? Boost Mobile offers a four-line rate plan for $100 when switching from another carrier. Each line gets unlimited data, talk, and text and provides for up to 1GB of hotspot.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?What are Boost’s rate plans?Boost does not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost. Each plan comes with unlimited data, but only a set amount of it is high speed.$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 6GB of high-speed data (Walmart Exclusive)$50/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 12GB hotspot$60/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 30GB hotspotAlthough Boost offers multiple plans with “unlimited” data there are differences between each. Consumers can choose the option that works best for video and music, international calling, and customer service needs. For instance, some may not care whether video is streamed at 1080p or if audio is at 1.5Mbps.5 Plans Under $50Boost recently revised its plans to create five options which cost less than $50 per month. Each comes with its own amount of data and some of them are for new, in-store customers.$10/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 1GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)$15/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)$25/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 5GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New customers only)$35/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot$45/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 15GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspotThe $HRINK-IT! plan rewards subscribers for making on-time payments. The price drops five bucks after three payments; it drops another five after six payments. In short, you start out at $45/month and get to $35/month after paying your bill on time for half of a year.SEE: How to unlock your Sprint phoneCan I do multiple line accounts at Boost Mobile?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today Boost Mobile offers a $20 discount when adding a line to one of the unlimited plans.There are currently two rate plans which offer Boost subscribers unlimited data, one for three-line accounts and one for four lines.Other Boost features and offeringsBoost Mobile provides a handful of extras (Boost Extras) to its customers, most of which can pair with the various rate plans. Details include international calling, extra data, HD video streaming, and phone insurance.Boost Mobile offers a $25 referral credit for anyone you have sign up for its service. Both get an account credit once your friend activates, pays for an eligible monthly plan and registers their new number.A Boost Perks mobile app lets customers save money with partner brands such as AMC, Papa John’s Sams’s Club, Costco, and others.What phones does Boost offer?Take a peek at the current lineup of Android phones offered through Boost and you’ll find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Coolpad, ZTE, and Wiko, too.As we often see with a lot of prepaid providers, phone selection is a mixed bag, leaning more more toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some incredibly robust and current models, including the Samsung Galaxy S20.For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified pre-owned, meaning that although they were once used by someone else, they come with a guarantee/warranty.Can I use my own phone with Boost Mobile?You can often use your current CDMA phone, especially if it was previously paired with Sprint. Head to Boost’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. Also, we’re seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for Sprint/Boost bands.

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