4G experiences?

Discussion in 'iPad Carriers' started by epb, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. epb
    Offline

    epb iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    May 15, 2010
    Messages:
    890
    Thanks Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Ratings:
    +18 / 0
    Is anyone using 4G with the iPad yet? I'm curious about the performance benefits. I got some junk mail saying 4G Unlimited Data is available for $25/month in my area(with a mobile hotspot device) and I was thinking of trying it out since...

    1) I don't like that iTunes won't let me download while on 3G
    2) I don't like that most AT&T hotspots (Starbucks) are slower than my home wifi
    3) It's $5 cheaper than the original Unlimited plan, which I'm still on.
  2. Wakawaka
    Offline

    Wakawaka iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    550
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Colorado
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Not worth it. As a mifi user it sucks.

    Great if AT&T doesn't have service in your area. Never had issues with iTunes or starbucks..
  3. epb
    Offline

    epb iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    May 15, 2010
    Messages:
    890
    Thanks Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Ratings:
    +18 / 0
    Sorry, you'll have to explain your technical jargon - what do you mean by "sucks?"
  4. Wakawaka
    Offline

    Wakawaka iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    550
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Colorado
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Nothing to really explain.. Just a thinking process (or if pre iPad, experience).

    If you had a crummy cellphone only good for talk and text, no emails, would you also lug around a verizon netbook in addition so you could have email on the go. Or just buy a cellphone that also does email too?

    Get a mifi tho. Check out the short battery life, and the extra device to lug around. See if it's worth the amazing 4g speeds :p
  5. epb
    Offline

    epb iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    May 15, 2010
    Messages:
    890
    Thanks Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Ratings:
    +18 / 0
    Not to punch a gift horse in the mouth, but you're being pretty vague. Most of your counter-arguments could apply to owning an iPad itself, or any iDevice. Here's my question: in your experience, does it work as advertised? It's supposed to be faster, last 4 hours, and weigh 4.5 oz. Which of these is it not doing?
  6. jwt873
    Offline

    jwt873 iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    429
    Thanks Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Woodlands MB, Canada
    Ratings:
    +37 / 0
    I don't think the iPad will do 4G...
  7. xune
    Offline

    xune iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2010
    Messages:
    416
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    SoCal
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    4g > 3g

    I am typing this right now on my iPad connected to my Clear iSpot's 4G.

    [​IMG]

    It's noticeably faster than any of the carrier's 3G's average .7 to 1.4mbps speeds.

    The router cost me $20, bought during their week-long special last week.

    Here's some other details regarding the iSpot:

    1. Allows up to 8 iOS devices to be tethered at the same time.
    2. Has a connection radius of 150 feet (half a football field)
    3. Has an average of 6 mbps download/1 mbps up speed with bursts of 10.

    4. Is shipped to you for free.
    5. No contract/month to month
    6. $25/mo

    For those who aren't blanketed by 4G coverage, Clear offers a 3G/4G combo version for $55/month.

    Manufacturer's website: Clear.com High Speed Mobile / Wireless Internet Service Provider
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2010
  8. Wakawaka
    Offline

    Wakawaka iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    550
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Colorado
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Does it work as advertised? I own a pickup, but have never used the 'bed' or function ofnthe pickup if you will. Working as advertised doesn't mean it's practical.

    Two years ago I didn't stream heavy media via cable Internet. Email, web, chat. Was spending $65 a month for highspeed Internet. Didn't need such supply to balance out my demand.

    Do you need 4g service? Is it worth your time/effort lugging around a hotspot such as a mifi?

    ..I mean really. Do as you wish. But all I'm saying is think whats practical with common sence. Would companies be blasting out how fast and great 4g service is, if it was worse than 3G? ..pretty sure their marketing departments wouldn't allow it due to profits.

    Just think.
  9. epb
    Offline

    epb iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    May 15, 2010
    Messages:
    890
    Thanks Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Ratings:
    +18 / 0
    ...I have NO idea what you're talking about...
  10. xune
    Offline

    xune iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2010
    Messages:
    416
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    SoCal
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    Glad I wasn't the only one that didn't quite comprehend that. After reading the member's posts a couple times, I gather that he/she is saying is that they believe that mifi's "suck" and that 4G is actually worse than 3G, but carriers aren't going to tell us that.. because it wouldn't be profitable.

    As an iPad user that has experienced AT&T's internal router's 3G speeds, Virgin Mobile's 3G mifi's speeds(which is basically Sprint's 3G service), and Clear's 4G iSpot, I'd have to whole heartedly recommend $25/mo, unlimited, no contract, up to 8 iOS devices, 150 ft range mobile router, which is about the same size as my iPhone that I don't mind "lugging" around in my pocket. After experiencing 4G on my iPad, there is no way I am going back to paying for 3G speeds, unless I travel/spend time in areas that are only supported by 3G, which I still have the option for either through Clear or through AT&T still.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2010
  11. Wakawaka
    Offline

    Wakawaka iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    550
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Colorado
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    Wow.

    .. Way over both your heads. How hard is it to understand.. Just because it's the newest greatest thing, doesn't mean it's worth it.

    Is it practical? Do you need, or want 4g? If you need it, is it worth lugging around a hotspot and responsibility caring for it? Or does 3G do what is needed for you?

    Even you two should understand this: pros vs cons.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2010
  12. xune
    Offline

    xune iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2010
    Messages:
    416
    Thanks Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    SoCal
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    I'm not sure that what you said is over anyone's head, but rather vague, aside from your snapshot response of mifi's suck and all.

    Is it practical? Absolutely! Why would I want to pay $25 for only 2GB of data at 3G speeds for one device, when I can spend the same $25 for unlimited data at 4x the speeds for up to 8 devices?

    Do I need or want 4G? Heck yeah!

    Is it worth "lugging" around and having the responsibility of carrying it? You mean the same way I "lug" around my iPhone and care for it? They are practically the same size and weight.

    Does 3G do what is needed for me? Um, no.

    I'm sure I know the pros and cons of each. Do you?
  13. jwt873
    Offline

    jwt873 iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    429
    Thanks Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Woodlands MB, Canada
    Ratings:
    +37 / 0
    Wow.. Thanks for the info. I asked on this forum a while back and was told a 3G iPad wouldn't work with 4G... It's nice to know the iPad can use 4G, because there is a local carrier that is supposed to be introducing 4G next month... I guess I'll be moving over to them.
  14. Digikid
    Offline

    Digikid iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2010
    Messages:
    567
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Markdale, Ontario
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    The iPad cannot do 4G without the proper hardware. If you are seeing faster speeds that is just your 3G being maxed out. IT IS NOT 4G!
  15. jwt873
    Offline

    jwt873 iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    429
    Thanks Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Woodlands MB, Canada
    Ratings:
    +37 / 0
    I kind of thought that... It makes sense that a 4G network would 'fall back' to support 3G devices... (There are a lot of them out there).

Share This Page