Sprint overdrive 4g vs MIFI for personal hotspot

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    I'm thinking about getting one of these. I like the fact that it's not device specific so I can just use it with whatever I device I need to carry that day. The only drawback is battery life from what I can tell. I'm thinking more for out of town travel than daily needs.

    Has anyone tried both? Looking for the pros and cons of each. Sprint has faster speed, they do have 4g where I am now. And they seem to have a better fee structure. I don't like verizon's data limits. I haven't been able to find out if I pay full price if I can get it without a contract and turn it on and off at will as needed.
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    I think having a separate device (and contract/fee) would suck. Why not get a phone that can do wifi tethering?
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    I agree but if I lived in a city that had 4G speeds I'd dump my dsl line and get it. 4G speed must be sweet.
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    I refuse to give up my iphone.
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    I would consider the overdrive as the more malleable product because it can always fall back to 3g. I wonder if iphone hotspots are a possiblility in the near future?
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    I went with the Sprint Sierra 3G/4G MiFi and love it. I don't have 4G in my area yet so can't give opinion on that service. I had a Palm Pro and was tethering that to my laptop and when I got my iPad I had to do something. I was paying $25 monthly for the Internet access with my Palm, the MiFi service is $60 Month so I'm actUally paying $35 more monthly. This is what I would have paid AT&T for their 3G service for the iPad. But now, for the same monthly cost, I have access for 5 devices... This is a no brain decision.
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    Why apple always think about money rather than customer satisfaction? Their product is always costly.
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    Then this makes perfect sense. You are already paying a data fee. Why pay another? Just wifi thether that iphone, and use it to connect your devices. Saving you $60/m.
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    No it doesn't make perfect sense, while the iphone is being used a hotspot device it turns off the phone call capability. Additionally the people I know that have tried it are only getting 2-3 hours of battery life on their phone while it's being used as a hotspot.

    I decided the best solution was to just get the 3G and give this wifi ipad to my daughter, as my sig says.
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    That's my thought as well. In addition you will have the benefit, that you can put the Mifi to a place, where the reception for 3G will be optimal.

    Just imagine yourself being in a hotel room, trying to get online via 3G and the only possible spot in the room is next to the window......

    Do you really want to spend 5 hours uncomfortable, just because you can't get a connection.......

    I don't.

    And that's why I ordered my Mifi.
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    I've never had a problem with my 3G connection with AT&T. Hotels are the least of my worries, I always stay at ones that have free wifi and I've never had a problem connecting, I want connection when I'm on the road, out and about without having to find an open hotspot.
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    Those hotels that offer the free wifi are going by the wayside. Before too long there will be a fee associated with the wifi at all hotels except the most expensive ones.

    Cya
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    Personally, I think is the other way around. Wifi is becoming more mainstream that offering free wifi is way of attracting business to people.
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    I went with the Spring Overdrive and can connect the iPad while in my classroom. It makes for a great desktop companion while I teach, however, the cost is a bit extreme. The real satisfaction is that up to 5 devices can be connected...
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    My personal experience is the complete opposite of that. We used to always have to pay to get access and now free wifi is quite common.
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    Is the wifi limited to the lobby area, or just a little bit larger?

    One other fact that I don't think has been mentioned is the security factor.

    If you use the hotel wifi vs your own personal wifi anyone can hack into your info streaming over the airwaves.

    Cya
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    Only once was it in the lobby only and that was 4 years ago. I've had free access at every hotel I've stayed at over the last 5 years or so. But I do purposely choose hotels that have access and I don't stay at motel 6. Not to do stay at the Marriott though, well one time I did.
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    Exactly.

    And NOT supplying wifi, brands you as a business that does not offer services that the others offer.

    So not supplying wifi, encourages customers to go elsewhere.

    I don't think we are going that direction.
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    My experience is that the cheaper the hotel the more likely it is to be free. I travel a fair bit to Chicago where my office is. And if I stay downtown at a nice hotel it is never free, if I stay at a smaller cheaper hotel in the suburbs it is almost always free.

    I went with a 4g wireless hotspot through Clear. I live in Atlanta and travel a lot to Chicago, both have good 4G coverage so I didn't get the dual 3G/4G device because it is an extra $15 a month. Switching my home internet to clear and getting a mobile device was $12 a month more than my comcast cable internet. It is not as fast, but it is still connecting at about 3-4 MB a second download. The upload ranges from 450-900K upload so that is the main weakness.
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    My experience is that the cheaper the hotel the more likely it is to be free. I travel a fair bit to Chicago where my office is. And if I stay downtown at a nice hotel it is never free, if I stay at a smaller cheaper hotel in the suburbs it is almost always free.


    This was the point I was trying to make, but wasn't very good at it.

    Thank you!!!

    Cya

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