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Largest flaw with IPad...tethering

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by seanFLA, Nov 14, 2010.

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    Had my IPad for a little over amonth now and like it a lot, but it definately does have flaws. I love the operating platform, but I think Apple is missing out on the mobile phone tethering feature here. ATT or no ATT 3G, there shouldn't be issues with tethering to smartphones via bluetooth. If they want a share of Blackberry's business, allow it to tether with Blackberrys and you've found a great business nitch to take some marketshare. Or Apple should just sell a tethering app in ITunes to handle this problem. Even of they charge $150 for it, I think they would find that most people would readily purchase it. Might be another way to draw people in even if they limited it to their IPhones...who knows. But I think this pad is just not being allowed to unlock its potential with today's technologies. Makes it so frustrating purcahsing items like this anymore. I do have a 3G pad, but haven't yet purchased any data usage. Of course Flash is a whole other issue.
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    I'm not sure whether we are using exactly the same definition for "tethering" but I have, just today, found a simple way to do it. See "Using Mobile Phone to Connect to the Internet".

    When you think about it, if your mobile phone has software that makes it act as a WiFi router that just happens to connect via 3G, the iPad should connect to it. I like this solution as it means that I can make use of my existing 3G data plan rather than having one especially for the iPad.
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    I think the price is the biggest iPad flaw
    Lack of multi-tasking and Flash are also big flaws
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    I'm really looking forward to 4.2 didn't realize how far behind the iPhone it was! One of the biggest thing for me are the onscreen brigtness/volume.
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    Have you tried any of the wifi model smartphones in this manor?

    Cya
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    WMWiFiRouter works for this...

    Just popping in to the discussion - my HTC TouchPro2, running Windows Mobile 6.5, works great as a wifi router with WMWifiRouter. I have a Sprint unlimited data plan so it costs me nothing extra. Make sure you have an adequate data plan or it could literally run up hundreds of dollars of data charges.

    What phone/data plan do you have?

    Larry
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    Its value for money for what I need to do on a daily basis for both work, and then at night for recreation/play.

    I jailbroke my iPad and have flash enabled.
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    I have a Blackberry Tour with Verizon.
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    Yes, I later Googled WMWiFiRouter, perfect!!!
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    Another WMWifiRouter user here (Palm Treo Pro on Sprint). Tethering with the iPad works like a charm.
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    I prchased a HTC Desire HD which has built in wi-fi sotware which allows my iPad to tether to it wouthout any problems.
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    A quick search on here about tethering would have answered these questions rapidly, at least via WiFi. Including the use of WMWiFiRouter.
    You'd have to be desperate to tether by bluetooth.
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    The "WM" in WMWiFiRouter stands for "Windows Mobile," of course, so this may not be the program for you. I don't know much about Blackberries-what OS do they use?

    Maybe do a search on tethering with a BB phone? Or check the WMwifirouter site to see if your phone is supported?

    Larry
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    The wireless tether on my rooted Droid works very well.
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    evo had no problems using wifi tether. streamed some "adult educational videos" without a hiccup.;)
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    Blackberry bold tethering

    Does anyone know if the blackberry bold is able to tether with the iPad? If so, please please show me how. I have a wifi-only iPad.
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    I was in an airport and was surfing off a tethered phone a guy a few seats away from me was using. He finally caught it and knocked me off!
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    Do you have a phone that you can use to tether? Beats you being thought of in a bad way.
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    I have a Verizon MiFi that does pretty good with the iPad on the road but it doesn't always provide a fast enough connection for streaming video. To my surprise using iBluever with my 9700 provides a quicker connection that does much better at streaming video.

    The process is easy and works like any other dial up connection over bluetooth on the BlackBerry. I really do wonder why they don't have this ability built in, my inkling is that it has something to do with the agreement with AT&T. Also, if you could tether the Wifi only iPad via bluetooth, it might just cannibalize a good portion of the people that get the 3G version. Throw GPS tethering or just the GPS chip in the Wifi only iPad and you really have ruled out the need for the 3G flavor. :)

    I really like my iPad, but I look forward to seeing if the competition drives Apple to provide some of these basic (in this day) connectivity options in the future. I'm watching the playbook with more then a keen eye. :D
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    lmfao how did he catch you.

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