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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Tapmyapple, Apr 15, 2011.
You know, if you actually pay for a hotspot on your cell phone it will run you $29.99 per month (on Sprint) per phone while the 3g on the iPad is only $14.99. If you're lucky enough to be able to hack your phone so you can get a free hotspot then that's great. I hacked my Palm Pre pretty easily but when I change phones soon, I will be out of luck. I'm so glad that I got the 3g pad. It makes life so much easier.
I only have the 3G cause it was the only one at Target I haunt activated it and hope to return it for a 32 gig wifi. If and when ipad2s ever start showing up
star wars reference. i know thats b4 your time ;-)
darn it, i want to go and watch them all now.... lol
Using that logic then it would cost less to buy a video camera, Kindle, MP3 player, and PSP and just bypass the iPad altogether. I want my one device to do it all with access everywhere (anytime) I go. I agree that saying one is "smarter" or "dumber" than another is silly. It really depends on the user preference which is why they make different models. I want both, I can afford both, I choose both.
Just to add to that, in a business meeting the other day an associate without 3G and intermittent WiFi in the building was unable to open a critical webpage. Fortunately, my WiFi/3G model was with me. Meeting saved!
When I bought my iPad, I was being cautious because I wasn't sure if it would be everything I needed it to be. I bought a 16GB WiFi only. I have owned it for about 5 or 6 months and I have only encountered 1 or 2 instances where not having 3G was painful. Also, I have no issue with the harddrive size. I use dropbox and pogoplug so the space consuming things like music and movies and lists of pdfs are not always directly on my iPad. This isn't a problem for me because most of the places I have been going have wifi that I can access without a fee. As spring approaches, I think it might be nice to take my iPad with me when I travel or just to sit in a park, but I think there's a simple solution to the lack of 3G in my iPad so I can still do these things. My cell phone carrier provides a small card-like portable wifi generator. I can purchase one of these and subscribe for the service during the time frames when I need it, then turn it off and not pay for it during the time frames when I don't. Plus, I am able to use my laptop (which does do more than the iPad at times) on this same card, whereas with the 3G I would not be able to.
So for everyone that thinks bigger is better, you can keep spending your money, but I have access to almost 1 terabyte of music and movies from my iPad with the ability to minimize the cost of subscribing to a wifi provider because I thought outside the box and found alternatives that ended up costing less than the 64GB 3G iPad.
Jailbreak iPhone = free
Buy MyWi = 20$
20$ extra for a iPad 3G
good for you that your mobile phone carrier provides you with a portable wifi access gadget, but not all mobile phone companies do, also, not everyone lives in a country that cafe's etc offer free internet access, so then, what do those people that are with those companies going to do? not to mention not all mobile companies are as generous in all countries.
I got the 3G model for the "just in case I need it" factor and this past week has proven that I made the right choice. Just in case, I activated 3G with AT&T before we left, bought 2 GB just in case
I went college touring with my child this past week, 3 days, 700 miles/ 6 colleges. I'm a planner so I had printed all the maps and directions, every address into the GPS. What I didn't take into account is that the school's street address is not necessary where the parking lot is or where the admission office is located. There were many occasions when I was glad to just turn on 3G and able to look up info as I need it. Of course there were probably Starbucks with free wifi around, but I was just glad that I had it readily available.