AT&T announces March 20 ship date for LTE-enabled Modio iPad mini case

AT&T Modio LTE Case for iPad mini

AT&T Modio LTE Case for iPad mini

So, you bought a Wi-Fi-only iPad mini, but you really regret not being able to surf the web, send pictures or emails, or make FaceTime calls when you're away from home. Never fear, on March 20 you'll be able to buy an AT&T Modio LTE case complete with a built-in hotspot that works with any generation of the iPad mini.

The Modio case was first outed at CES 2015, and it not only provides LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad mini but also protects the device and includes an external microSD slot for adding up to 32GB more storage.

All you'll need to do is download and install the AT&T Modio Data app. Pair your case to your iPad mini, and the app manages your connections, handles transferring content to and from the microSD storage, and monitors data usage. Here's a video from AT&T showing how it's done:

The Modio iPad mini case will cost $49.99 with a two-year data plan, and it can be added to a Mobile Share Value plan for $10 per month. It can also be purchased on a $10 per month installment plan for 20 months in addition to the cost of the data plan. 

It's expected that AT&T will ship a similar case for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 soon.