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    Hi, when I got my IPad I thought I would only use it at home with my wi fi , so didn't get the 3G. I am going into hospital soon and really wish I had the 3G .......I think there is a way I can connect........something like a dongle???Can anyone help an OAP in distress:eek::):)
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    No. You can't connect to 3G on a non 3G iPad. But, why not connect to the hospital's wifi system?
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    U can use ur phone as wifi hotspot that is if ur having a smart phone.
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    Yes you can, I use a MyFi with my wifi only iPad, it is fantastic, super fast too!

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    Of course, but that's not the iPad connecting to the Internet direct. That's a work around like A.K.'s idea. Could be quite costly to set up just for a hospital visit if you don't already have the facility.
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    But the op mentioned about a dongle........which is a workaround.

    FWIW, I stayed in hospital earlier this year and guess what......no wifi. i was in a brand new (opened this year) hospital a couple of weeks back and guess what, no wifi networks detected, which surprised me, but still, not a bean.....just switched on my MyFi and off I went.

    I bought a PAYG MyFi from 3 which comes loaded with 3GB of data. Only need to top it up if I need to use it, no contract.....really is great.

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    Thanks for answers. It must be the MiFi that I have heard of, is it easy to understand? Hospital doesn't have wifi.
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    Yes, really easy, and any problems then you know where we are for help......have a look here http://www.three.co.uk/Mobile_Broadband/MiFi

    Any questions about it just ask, I've been using mine for just under a month.

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    Check with the hospital administration before splashing out money because a lot of NHS hospitals have a ban on using mobile devices and that would include a 3G UTMS in most areas.
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    Thanks again all help. Yes I will check with hospital.......Wonder how long 3GB lasts (roughly). Sorry for being so stupid......
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    Depends what your doing, see below....


    How Big is 1,000 Megabytes?


    Similar activities often vary in the amount of usage they generate however we have provided several examples here to help you better understand the relationship between online activities and the amount of usage they may incur.

    Each of the activities below would generate 1,000 MB of data transfer:

    View over 2,000 web pages
    Send 100,000 e-mails with no attachments
    Receive up to 1,000 average quality digital photos
    Download 250 songs
    Stream 16 hours of music
    Watch 5.5 hours of streaming video
    Download 1.5 standard definition movies

    There are 1,000mb=1GB

    Hope this helps.
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    There is nothing stupid at all about your questions, we have all had to learn at some time, so you have absolutely nothing to apologise for.......I learn something new every time that I come here.

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    I would mainly want to watch i player in hospital.
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    Well that is roughly 16.5hrs worth of iPlayer at 3GB.....that's quite a few episodes of corrie. You can top up data on line and no charges for data usage while on the "3" website (not that it would be a big cost).

    BTW, you might want to take a look at the FilmOn app, as it gives access to all the major channels and many others. There is also players for itv and channel 4.

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    Also have a look at TVcatchup App, again all major UK TV almost live streaming to the iPad. It is free, just have to register.
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    Just another crazy thought, you could download programmes from iPlayer on to your PC/Mac then load onto iTunes and sync to your iPad. You could do this in advance of your hospital stay and reduce your streaming requirements.

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    Ohhh getting very tecky now !! But I did just downloaded TV catchup. You guys are all so clever.....I am learning slowly....very slowly.
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    You could like, and bear with me as I know this might sound scarey, leave all electronic gadgets at home and take in a few old fashioned real books!





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    What's a real book, is that like when you open the Smart Cover?

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