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For me - I have a 4G hotspot - so that any device I get can connect to 4G cellular through Wifi. My wife does not have the hotspot enabled on her phone, nor does she have a hotspot. I don't know about your plan cellphone plan - but usually Cellular carriers are pretty strict about turning data and hotspot on and off. I bought my wife a iPad 4 with Cellular because as chscag said they offer a free hotspot - as well as the ability to turn on and off the data at will. So for the most part we don't turn on Cellular data because where my wife goes there is free Wifi. Also - if she travels with me she uses my 4G MiFi. It is when she goes alone that she would turn it on.

So with all that lead in - I would say - if you are going to be using the hotspot function on your phone a lot - and your plan allows you the flexibility - to turn it off when not needed - it is probably cheaper to go that route since you have t-mobile.

Now the Cellular iPads do have an actual GPS built in (vs triangulation via Wifi with the Wifi iPads) so that may be something to consider. And as I said - I like the flexibility to only enable data when needed was a big plus for me.
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