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Discussion in 'iPad Carriers' started by Ndeb, Oct 14, 2010.
Now that Verizon will be available for ipads, will it be possible to switch from AT&T to Verizon?
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.
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.
It's cheaper to just root an android phone or jailbreak an iPhone and tether. These data packages for the ipad are crazy expensive.
I don't know how to do that. Can you point me to a good DIY link?
Who is your current provider and what phone do you have?
Verizon. Old dumb phone, but my contract's up so I can renew and get a new phone. Which ones will push wifi?
Droid X, Incredible, Droid 2 those are all rootable and able to tether wifi.
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.
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.