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Non-3G iPad: using MiFi

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by UNheardof28, Mar 16, 2011.

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    Has anyone ever tried using mifi on a non 3G iPad? I heard something about it but I don't know how it works
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    I've used a mifi on my iPad.

    It was a 3G Virgin Mobile mifi, bought at Best Buy for $150. The service for each month of Unlimited data was 40.00 flat. No other fees or taxes. Not bad for also being month to month/contract-free.

    I returned it for a full refund before the end of the month, not because it didn't work(it worked beautifully), but because something better came along.

    I bought a CLEAR iSpot for $20, and pay just 25.00/month flat, for Unlimited data at 4G speeds (5-7 Mbps on avg), allowing me to tether up to 8 devices at once.

    An iSpot is basically a mifi with a different name. They're all personal portable routers, designed to provide wifi in a radius around it, just like the routers we use in our homes, schools, and work.. except these are smaller and are battery powered, usually lasting up to 4 hours between charges. You can also leave it plugged on an put let indefinitely, or plug it into your vehicle's 12v outlet for extended use or on long car trips.
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    It pretty much works the same as using a regular broadband router via DSL or Cable. Just that the mobile hotspot works on 3G.
    So you just turn on your hotspot and then connect to the network it provides as if it were a regular router (it sort of is a router anyway).
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    VirginMobile MiFi

    I use a Virgin Mobile MiFi with my 16 gig, iPad-1 wifi only. Works fine, in fact, better than AT&T when in the boonies. (Sprint is the provider). My wife's iPhone loses all signal when deep in the heart of Texas.

    I pay $20.00 a month for 1gig of data, when I elect to have the mifi active. Buying from WalMart. The device is slightly larger than a business card and about as thick as 2 quarters, stacked. Lasts 3-4 hours on a charge and came with a wall-wart and a cable to plug into a power port in the car.

    Current price, online at WalMart is $129. (didn't notice where the original poster is located so, if this is not applicable, sorry.

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    Mi-Fi wireless router


    It works like any hotspot. It's wi-fi.

    I have a Verizon Mi-Fi ... 'tis my main internet interface ... I can connect up to 5 devices ... mixed brands (not just Apple, but PC, WII, etc.) ... data speeds are limited by EV-DO ... maybe 1.5 mb/sec ... not too slow. Connects within 30 feet max. Code protected, very secure. Can use in AirCard format hooked up via USB also (not on iPAD) ... keeps the battery charged. Battery will go for about 4 hrs, then needs recharage. I keep it connect to my Mac Mini, but can use any computer or device in the house...then the USB maintains the battery... more convenient.

    Our iPAD2 wi-fi only hooks up immediately like... any hot spot. Slick. Costs $50/mo with 5GB cap. Typical Verizon plan. I am ending my second year of the plan. LTE is coming which is reportedly GSM, so I don't want to lock myself into a 3G iPAD. 4G is on the horizon... so we'll see.

    We travel a lot, so we have our own hotspot ... it works. Hope that clarifies.
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    I use the Clear Ipspot also and, it works really well in my area. I can also tether it to my Mytouch 4g and use T-mobile's HSPA+ which is just as fast, if not faster at times.

    The cool thing about the Clear Ispot is, it's unlimited. I've watched Netflix and streamed Nfl games with the Nfl sunday ticket app flawlessly.
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    I have a clear spot... I love it!
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    Glad I saw this topic..we are trying to decide, 3G or wifi, and if wifi, which mifi service...so your opinions are very helpful.
    I looked up the CLEAR iSpot and it says it is not available in the areas (by zip code) I inquired about...10001 and 92126. Their pricing has changed also...now they have it posted for the unit that gives you 4G & 3G, it is $225. and plans start at $55 per month. For the 4G only unit, it's $99 w/plans starting at $45 per month. ~Just sharing what I found~
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    I do not have the ispot I find the clear spot to be more versatile. My husband can use it with his netbook and I can offer friend Internet when we are hanging out (suddenly I have sooooo many friends) I think it's nice to have an unrestricted device. The ispot is a pretty shade of white... And discounted... But, the regular one is just better.

    I use clear for my home Internet and phone. It's better than dsl, but not true high speed Internet, I can watch YouTube and maybe a video now and then, but that's pushing the limit. I'm not a big tv or movie person, though... So this plan is perfect for me.

    I was able to ditch my cell phone. I have my voicemail sent to email, or answer my VoIP line when at home. I make phone calls, don't laugh, from my iPad. The system works great and minimizes interruptions that distract me from my math.

    Phone will be a thing of the past soon enough, I might pick up an iPod touch to make calls from while walking around the city. Still trying to decide if I really need it.

    It felt so good to sell that blackberry on eBay. Buh by big phone bills and annoying ringing, bad web browsing ...

    Cell free is the way to go!
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    Verizon mifi for me. I have one of the old plans that is unlimited. Being on the road a lot and streaming video I go over 5 gb so I plan on trying to hold on to the plan.
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    Cannot get Virgin MiFi working on IPAD

    For those of you who have gotten the Virgin Mobile MiFi to work on your IPAD - how do you get it from STOP asking your Virgin Mobile Account Name and Password every time you go to a web page? Is there a configuration either on the MiFi I need to setup or on the IPAD under that network?

    For example, I type in Yahoo! in Safari. It automatically re-routes it to the virgin mobile website for me to enter in my Account Number and Password. Shouldn't it just ask me for a password when I join the MiFi?

    Please help! Thanks!
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    It sounds like virgin uses a different log in system. There isn't a way to change it. I had virgin for a year, and each time I went online I had to log in first.
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    does ipad 2 work with iSpot?

    Hello, does ipad 2 work with clearwire iSpot?

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    This sounds good, sounds exciting. Is it contract free. I might have to get one.

    Edit: did you pay 20 with rebate? The only ones I see are 100-200.
    Unfortunately, they don't service my area yet. Back to the drawing board.
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    Also want to know if it is contract free or not. More information about clear ispot will be good.
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    Why not jailbreak your iPhone 4, if you have one, then get the MiWi app from Cydia and turn your iPhone 4's 3G access into a WiFi hotspot absolutely free, no contracts or additional fees.
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    I should have said the app is MyWi.
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    I will tell you what i use now and why I love it so much.

    I used to have an iPhone jailbroken with mywi app but risked att's text of death so I found a better solution and the only 3G AND 4G unlimited service. It's from my cable provider but anyone can get it but it's higher for non twc customers.

    For 50 a month I get unlimited data on both like I said above, the device coated me 50 after rebate and it's a device meant to share via wifi like the other device people are using.

    I have found it to be the last unlimited 3G service left and other than a two year contract I love it.

    The site I got it from was http://yourtwc.com/mobile

    Has helped me when my laptop needed a connection on vacation too, I canceled my iPhone plan that was 30 and now have a dumb phone but this device and a iPod touch is the same thing for me since I don't talk on the phone much but do have an Internet addiction :x

    This was a pain to type out on the iPad lol
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    I have a WM based Sprint phone that my company provides, and it has unlimited data plan. I downloaded a file called WMWifiRouter that runs on my cell phone, and turns it into a mobile WiFi spot. So I can connect my iPad 1 to the net using my cell.
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    Best device I bought ... Well apart from the iPad that is ...

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