Upgrading ipad WiFi only to 3G

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  1. Nostrebluc

    Nostrebluc iPF Novice

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    Is it possible?
    Right now I only have an iPad 2 with WiFi only, and no 3G, and was curious if it is possible to upgrade so it has 3G capabilities.
     
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    Only way is to buy a WiFi hotspot device. The iPad WiFi only can't be upgraded to 3G.
     
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    Thank you that's all I needed to know.
     
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    Yes - a portable WiFi hotspot - sometimes known as a MiFi - is the way forward. They're very small portable devices that provide a local WiFi hotspot by linking to the Internet over 3G. Most cellular operators have such a device available. Also, some mobile phones - such as the iPhone4 and some Android devices - can provide this capability too.

    Tim
     
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    I use the hotspot on my droid x to provide me with 3G capability of my 32GB wifi only ipad2 and it works quite well. I don't know how it compares to one with built in 3G as far as speed, but I'm on Verizon so the coverage is good. I would like to do a side by side comparison of connection speed tests with a 3G iPad and mine connected via my droid to see the difference, I'm sure there is some lag when using the droid as the hotspot. I have also thought about the dedicated mobile hotspots that are available from many carriers these days. I wonder if they have a stronger signal to make very much of a difference when connoting multiple devices.

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    Hey stranger!

    I never knew this. Great thread!
     
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    I use a MiFi with my iPad and I have to say it's great! Its pricey to buy to start, around £80 but you can typically get them on eBay cheaper. At times the connection has been faster than the local wifi connection at Starbucks.... Highly recommend

    seikooc
     
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    Cool, now would I still have to pay a monthly subscription? I'm guessing it's a yes, but I did some research on it and I'm most definentley getting this in the future, this would really come in handy. Thanks!
     
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    I teather a the 3g connection from my iPhone4 and have done it i the past with a N97..

    However i've heard alot about that MiFi thing
     
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    Yes you do, but if you shop around you can get a good deal without breaking the bank

    seikooc
     
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    Just wanted to ask what country you're from? The reason is, in the UK BT offers BTFON/BT Openzone as part of a free service when you take out one of their broadband packages.

    My uncle uses BT and I live about 100 miles away from him. He has log in details for BTFON hotspots which are scattered all over the country. I use Internet from next-door who are BT customers and it is totally above board. Sounds like it may be cheaper than MiFi and I can use it wherever I go (in the uk). If you live here you're all set, if you live elsewhere have you checked out to see if a provider is offering this service?

    Just thought I would put my 2 pence in lol. :-D
     
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    I wonder if anyone offers a pay as you go mifi?

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
     
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    My Three MiFi is PAYG, I am in the UK. I recently purchased it for £60 from Tesco. It came with 3GB of Data, then I can just top up whenever I need to. It's been great out and about where my Orange 3G is lacking. Most of all it has been a Godsend the last couple of days as there is a fault on my usual BB connection so the MiFi has had a right caning from myself and my son using it for our laptops.

    Sent from my iPad in Derby, England
     
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    In the US ask at Best Buy. I think Virgin has a pay as you go and there might be others.
     
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    I use joikuspot for Nokia mobile peones in thetering with iPad ...works great!
     

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