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Do we need the 3G on the ipad? or is wifi sufficiant.

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Applebaum, Mar 31, 2011.

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    I was just wondering if it's worth purchasing the 3G models or not.
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    Depends if you want Internet access everywhere. In my case, I have an iPhone, so since I can tether, there is no need for 3G.

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    Exactly. I have 3G too as I need to be able to access the internet on a dime while I am out in the field. I simply don't have time to find a hot spot somewhere.
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    i've never had 3g on any device before, and will only need it about 3 or 4 times a year, if that. but i thought hey, why not, sod it.
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    Really you need to ask yourself how frequently you would want to use your iPad away from home. A lot 3g, rarely wifi.
    The core of the iPad's functionality is it's internet connection.

    If you find yourself uncertain there's always tethering or a pay as you go mifi.

    I my case I went for the larger storage as I already had a mifi which works well, if a fraction slower than native 3g.
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    Wifi + HTC Wifi Router = Good enough for me :)
    Plus, with the price difference, you get 32gb for the price of 16gb 3g
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    If you travel a lot you'll wish you had 3G. It comes in very handy when away from home and no free wi-fi available. Doesn't tethering require a jailbroken device?
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    Not since iOS 4.3. I am able to tether via Bluetooth on my iPhone 3GS.

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    Almost everywhere I go has wifi (home, work, hotels, coffee shops, etc) so I didn't bother with the 3G. Plus now that Verizon has mobile hotspot on my phone I can get a data plan that actually costs less than the one offered with the 3G iPad. If I ever get in a position I need 3G I will just activate that.
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    I decided to get the 3G so I could get online everywhere and not have to carry another device all the time.
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    Honest?

    Simple answer is No need 3G as most wifi around of us.

    Useless u need gps or use internet if where not available have wifi around.
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    I just carry my phone, he's my 3g personal hotspot :)
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    aye. a close harmony singing app is needed :)

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    Simple answer is yes-I don't have 3G phone and use ipad at work and in car where there is no wifi
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    I bought my Ipad last May and since AT&T service here is not great thought about options. We have wifi all around in my small city, from our DT square to drs. offices, to car repair waiting lounge to grocery store, Home Depot, fast food places, libraries, etc. But, in addition, Verizon was offering the Palm Pre Plus with free mobile hot spot for several weeks then and it was just time to renew our contract with new phone so went with that and wifi only 64GB. I do very occasionally tether when we are traveling but not often. When our contract is up in about 13 mos not sure what I'll do. It will be about time for gen 3 and I'll likely upgrade then so may go with Verizon 3G or perhaps in gen 3 they may be standardized. For now, I'm glad we went with wifi only(added another 32GB wifi only for husband in August) and mobile hot spot. Next time I'll have to rethink it LOL.

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    If your area no wifi that is fine need 3G .

    My point is - if your area where alway wifi present what is a point use 3G.

    If there no wifi present so use 3G model it is will be great usefully.

    since every town or city, some village alreadly has wifi which more fast that 3G and what a point if there wifi.

    For me I will get 3G for gps navigator and back up if there no wifi area as I like hike walk around or travel around which might need 3G just case

    I sure million users more use wifi at home or cafe etc there have wifi. Where 3G waste some people money.

    I worry some iPad user waste money. They need research their daily life before bought 3G model
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    Me for one! and i grew up around Penarth!
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    If you don't need 3g, never will, but would love to have true GPS functionality Bad Elf makes a unit for about the same as the difference between wifi only and 3g that plugs into the 30 pin port.
    I went with a 3g unit because to me it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Had there been a manditory data plan I'd have gone wifi only and hot spot from my phone

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