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    Reasons why 'not' to buy 3G..

    Many people are certainly rushing the retail counter and as hot a ticket the iPad is, I think I found one good reason not to buy one: a weak 3G signal.

    I have had mine for a few weeks now and realistically could have done without. I have been a Mac user since the late '80's .. run three at my business and have a Powerbook Pro ... and I will not be selling my iPad, but it will be collecting a bit of dust.

    For me - the perfect use for the iPad is for a 'home' computer ..that slips into a small bag and carries but does not need to run Photoshop CS5. It would be perfect for my wife who has a lot of distant friends where she could check/send email anywhere she happened to be. There's no way she would, or need, to carry the PBP for her uses.

    I would probably buy another iPad had it worked out that way. (Actually, this was to have been the camel's nose under the tent to convince my wife to convert both my business and home to iPhone and give the stalinists at Verizon the boot.)

    My home however is on the fringes of the signal. So far, I have spent about $450 to get an antenna and repeater to snag a signal with little to show for the effort. The iPad works perfectly at my shop, but this iMac is already well connected via DSL.

    I went to Los Angeles for a few days a week before the iPad came .. and it would have been a helluva lot better to travel with it vs. the MBP .. especially given all the space and luggage limitations of air travel these days. If I traveled more than a few times a year, that alone would justify the purchase.

    I do not live a 'poor me' life. I give almost anything a 100% effort if it shows promise. If not, I look forward to the next adventure.

    ...but if someones asks you: tell them to make sure they get a good signal - a really good signal.
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    I cancelled a 3G order when I first placed my order on the 10th and just opted for the WiFi. I have 3G connection already on my iPhone and I jailbreaked it to get MyWi. MyWi connects flawlessly to my iPad. So far this weekend because of the rain, I haven't gone anywhere but stay home and enjoy the WiFi connection from my router.

    I get e-mails already from my iPhone. If I need to go online on my iPad, I just connect to MyWi if I'm traveling. That is if I get a 3G connection. Worst comes to worst, I can always go in a Starbucks or Blenz for WiFi access.

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    I have had no issues with signal where I live.My ipad 3g has always showed full bars where ever ive been.

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    I went ahead and bought the 3G because I wanted the flexibility, and the GPS.

    Disadvantage: a little more expensive

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    I use the 3G network quite a bit...much more than I had originally thought I would. I'm finding that when I'm home, I'm usually reaching for my iPad instead of my laptop, but then I'm connecting to my wifi signal since it's faster. However, When going out, I'm bringing the iPad with me more and more, and I almost always use 3G then. And I rarely have less than a full signal. Even when driving on the road, whoever I have in the truck with me is using the iPad, and the connection is always strong, even on the highway.

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    The 3G costs an additional $130. That's it. If you have a weak signal at home don't turn on 3G.

    I live very rural - I can get an 'edge' connection where I live - but the download speeds are about 30K.

    On the other hand - during the first month I had my iPad I had to travel to a city of 80K people and ended up getting stranded due to weather for 3 days. During those three days I used 470mb of 3G service moving about the city. I was really glad I had the 3G. Doesn't mean I need it all the time - I'm in the process of moving the package to teh $14.99 package - and will bump up if necessary depending upon usage.

    You never know when you'll need the 3G - and for $130 it's worth it to me.
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    I rooted my Verizon Droid..so I get the WiFi tether from a GOOD network...for free (well for no more than I Already pay for monthy service).

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    Like others I just JB my iPhone and tether.... I already pay $30 to AT&T for 3g for the iPhone, I thought it would be a waste to give them another $30..... I should point out that I am rarely out of WIFI when I need to use the iPad.... Seldom use the tethering, but it's there when I do need it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matth3w View Post
    I rooted my Verizon Droid..so I get the WiFi tether from a GOOD network...for free (well for no more than I Already pay for monthy service).
    dont know about your area, but here in Miami, Florida. I did speed test with the ipads built in 3G and my Verizon MiFi.

    Att 3G on the iPad out performed the Verizon Mifi for connection speeds.

    I would however say that verizons network seemed more reliable.
    Last edited by MikesTooLz; 05-30-2010 at 02:32 PM.

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    Tethered to my Pre is the only reason I need.


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