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    Now that Verizon will be available for ipads, will it be possible to switch from AT&T to Verizon?
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    You have always had the same ability to use Verizon, it just was not handed to customers on a platter before. Anyone can get Verizon mifi and use it. The problem is the cost of the service. One story is that they will offer a special pricing for the iPad service, but that is not fully confirmed or detailed.
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    If you buy an ipad from verizon, it will be a WIFI-only model and come with a case and a pocket for an included MIFI 2200, which will be free with contract. Currently the data plans are 250MB for $40 and 5GB for $60. As always, specials come and go.
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    It's cheaper to just root an android phone or jailbreak an iPhone and tether. These data packages for the ipad are crazy expensive.
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    I don't know how to do that. Can you point me to a good DIY link?
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    Who is your current provider and what phone do you have?
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    Verizon. Old dumb phone, but my contract's up so I can renew and get a new phone. Which ones will push wifi?
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    Droid X, Incredible, Droid 2 those are all rootable and able to tether wifi.
    www.androidforums.com
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    The new service plans for the iPad shows a bit of Apple's influence. The plans are 1GB for $20, 3GB for $35, and 5GB for $50. As I understand it, they are no contract prices. You pay $130 for the mifi and then the service plans as you need them. Without a contract, the mifi costs $260 for non-iPad users and the 5GB service plan is $10 more per month.

    If you like Verizon and are a heavy user, this will be good news because the 5GB plan is cheaper per GB than the $25 AT&T plan. However, if you are like me and have decent AT&T service and the unlimited plan, it would not be worthwhile. Or if you only use 1-2 GB monthly, the AT%T plan is cheaper. One advantage of the mifi is the ability to use with other devices, like an iPod Touch or laptop. Bad is the short battery life of the mifi unit.
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    But your trade off between Verizon and AT&T assumes equal utility. In two recent western roadtrips, I NEVER found AT&T service when I needed it. It was available in mediium and bigger cities, but I could always scam free WIFI there. McDonalds, Starbucks, Safeway and the misc hotels.

    Since my Verizon phone often had service where AT&T ipad didn't it seems I need to get my ipad broadband from V. So I guess I gotta learn Droid and figure out costing.
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    Some areas are different. Here, AT&T smokes Verizon. Which says something because I do not really like AT&T that much. My big issue with AT&T is that my DSL is slower than I like, but I think the issue with that is more that the servers are not up to the heavy demands of a college town. My work computer has a much faster connection and I still get long pauses when servers overload.
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    Ahh. My only knowledge of Vz vs ATT elsewhere is from the Consumer Reports evaluations where Vz smokes ATT and everybody else, everywhere, always. Tch...if you can't trust CR, who can you trust?
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    Just about anyone other than CR.
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    switch to verizon

    I was told at the apple store yesteray that verizon will only have the wi fi version bundled with a portable mi fi hotspot, no 3g version.
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    An article in MacWorld online indicated that the bundling of mifi with the iPad would not be a permanent thing, and if you want it, you have to hop on it fast. That can mean a much higher monthly cost.
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    Verizon 3G Mobile Hotspot

    I have a Verizon Android Incredible and a IPad with WiFi only. I'm able to tether my Incredible to my IPad and get 3G. With 3G I can connect to the Internet with satisfactory speed. I'm wondering if any one has been able to use a navigation system well tethered via the Incredible. Will the IPad use the incredibles GPS.*
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    I looked up the Virgin Mobile mifi and they have a pretty good deal going. The unit itself costs $149. and the non contract service is $40. for UNLIMITED data. Or if you want to use it for less than a month, it is $10.00 for 100MB for 10 days. You can turn it off and on after your time limit is up and you only have to use it once during the year to keep your account active. I have been using my Palm Pre as a mobile hotspot but sometimes it just doesn't work. This deal sounds very much like the AT&T plan that was available in the beginning.
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    This is one of the reasons I keep my Verizon phone instead of having both devices on AT&T. There are just some areas that do not have both. AT&T does not seem to have as much coverage west of the Rockies as Verizon. But being east of the Rockies, it does great for me.
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    I have the droid X and use its built-in 3g hotspot app ($20.00) on top of the data plan to connect my wi-fi ipad. It works great. Very reasonable speed. occasional dropage but not bad
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