OK, problem solved for zero dollars. I really didn’t need another iPad as I already have an iPad Mini 4 with 30GB of hotspot data. That’s in addition to 30GB on my iPhone and 30GB on my wife’s iPhone for a total of 90GB hotspot data. That’s a lot of data, but I’m sometimes streaming Tidal and Qobuz for 2 weeks away from home.
So, I returned the iPad Pro 12.9 as well as the new Apple camera adapter I had purchased as it needed the USB-C version. Today, I visited the closest Verizon corporate store in Hickory, NC and got a free nano sim card for my iPad Mini 4 and activated a second line and phone number for it. So, for an additional $15 per month, I got an additional 30GB of hotspot data for a total of 120GB. I think that will do me and there are no contracts. I can drop any of my 4 lines anytime. Oh yes, I was able to get them to wave the $35 activation fee. I really like Verizon Wireless.
Oh yea, in the process of all this, they gave me a $40 per month “loyalty” discount.
EDIT: I’m hoping the new iPad Mini 6 is as good as rumors indicate. It might be 5G. If so, I’ll grab one of those and put it on this 4th line I just added. My wife can have my old iPad Mini 4 which I’ll use occasionally for the hotspot data.