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    With the new iPad having a built-in hotspot, will I be able to use it for my HP laptop?

    Verizon is including free hotspot use in the plans for the iPad.

    I currently have Hughesnet for my home Internet access, which is expensive - $75/month.

    This way I can get rid of Hughesnet and use the hotspot when I need to use the laptop.

    Anybody have info on this?
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    Pretty sure you'd blow through your data limit pretty quick using it as your home internet.
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    My Hughesnet account is for 250mb and it's more than enough. Wouldn't this still be the case using 4G?

    Due to Hughesnet being satellite, latency is a big problem. There's no cable out here.
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    You could go through 250mb on 4g in 5 minutes. I do a few gb a month on my 4g phone.
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    I hope you have looked into the Verizon model. Verizon models of ipad2 3g do not have a removable sim card, thus if you travel you cannot buy a sim for the area or country you're visiting and I have heard not many countries support the Verizon model which has the 3G built in. I haven't heard about the Verizon ipad3 4g model but it might be an idea to check this out first.
    Just a thought!
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    YIKES!

    Are you serious!?

    I just do web browsing and email.
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    2gb would be close. Depends on use
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    Thanks, but, that's nothing that I need to worry about.
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    Would the hotspot from the iPad be able to be used by a Windows PC?
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    If you fit a wifi card it should work. A laptop already has the capability built in.

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    I have....actually HAD HughesNet at our vacation house and the 250MB is per day not for the month BTW. If you use your iPad data plan at this rate you will need ~7.5GB a month.....quite a bit more than the 5MB plan provides.

    In my case I changed over to using an AT&T USB WAN card in a compatible router about a year ago and will NEVER go back to the Satellite. In a word HughesNet "SUCKS"!!!!! the minute you go past 250MB in a 24 hour period they shut you down to 14.4 for get this 24 FREAKING HOURS!!!!

    I managed to find an AT&T Wan Card with an unlimited data plan so I don;t worry about the amount of usage and also have the Unlimited data plan a=on my current iPad1 which I'll transfer to my new iPad when it arrives Friday but I'm pretty sure that AT&T will be smart enough to NOT allow me to use this unit as a Hotspot but if they do then I'm "Golden".....we'll know a lot more when we get them on Friday.

    Stay Tuned!
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    I've got a 4g phone with unlimited data and tethering. Wifi iPad works for me.
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    The new Verizon iPads (3) will have SIM slots.
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    Really! Well that's a smart move on their part I think.
    Thanks so much for letting me know Twerppoet. Much appreciated. :)
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    No problem. Apple thought it was a big enough deal that both iPads would be world ready (GSM) that they even mentioned it in the Keynote.
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    You are exactly right - 250mb/day. I don't know why I keep thinking that it's for a month.

    Hughesnet went down last night while I was reading your post and just came up now!

    There's got to be a way for me to be able to be free of them. Dial-up is not an option.

    I guess I'll just have to check out 4G usage when I get mine on Friday.

    BTW - thanks to all that have responded!
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    If the Verizon has a SIM card slot why couldn't you put in a ATT SIM and use either Verizon or ATT?
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    Good question and I would like to know the answer to this one also. Why have 2 models, is there 2 models even. I hope they're not locking them.
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    I'm not 100% certain but I believe the only difference is the 4G connection chip, but other than that they are the same. So it does make sense that you could put an AT&T sim in the iPad3 and have Internet access. I found this on the web "If the iPad ships SIM unlocked, as it had before, users can swap in a micro SIM from AT&T and use Verizon’s 4G iPad on AT&T’s 3G and 4G HSPA+ network–they just can’t use a Verizon 4G iPad on AT&T’s LTE network."

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