WIfi or 4g version

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  1. I_luv_Apple
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    Im unsure whether to get the wifi only version being as I have the iPhone 4s and upgrade each year. As of late I have been using my iPhone hot spot facility for the few occasions I have been without wifi rather than the 3G facility on my Ipad 2. Which do you think I should buy?
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    I did same last time only got the wifi version of the ipad 2
    This time i ordered it with the 4g,
    Data plans are cheap now even prepaid . handy to have or if travelling buy a prepaid data plan for the country you are in.
    for the sake of a little extra when buying the ipad you have the option at least.

    defiantly worth it id say to have it there just in case.
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    What size model did you buy?
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    I've been pondering the same thing. I have a 3G original iPad, and never actually used the service, because I also have a Mifi. If you use your phone as a hotspot, you can probably get by with the wifi only model.
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    the thing is with the new 4g modual in the ipad and dual band 3g. Data would be much faster having sim in the ipad. I find tethering from the iphone isn't
    very fast.
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    Oh, ok. I've never tethered from my iPhone, because I would loose my unlimited plan.
    In that case you probably should get the 4g model : )
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    Data plans are the same price as they always were. In fact more expensive w o unlimited plans - at least in the US.

    Sent from my Verizon Black 64GB iPad 2 With IOS 5.1Update From NYC!!! using iPF
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    I'm getting a 4G model this time around.

    It's a matter of convenience, not necessity. Using the iPhone 4 hotspot works well enough. I just don't want to bother with it. Also, I really want a GPS back in my iPad. I really miss the GPS. I don't 'need' it, mind you, but I miss it.

    My first iPad was 3G, so getting the wi-fi (no matter how much financial sense it made at the time) has felt a bit like going on a diet. That BBQ 4G is looking real good.
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    I got the wifi model Darn Sprint is not included in the roll out

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    I'd personally go for the 4g because the whole iPad experience is so much better with Internet you can use just about anywhere.
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    GPS alone is worth the price difference. If you can afford the $120 or whatever the exact price is to get 4G it will be worth it. Even if you don't plan on using 4G.

    you will have the option for 4G at any time if the reason to use 4G ever comes up (vacation trip?)
    GPS is very accurate and this along covers the cost of the upgrade.
    Resale value for 3G model will be higher when you want to sell it later.
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    Why is gps important?
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    Many apps use gps functionality to work. while wifi can be ok to give a general location (city) its horrible for pinpointing your location and canon be used for things like Turn By Turn Navigation.



    I look at it like this... My stand alone Garmin GPS unit witch is just for giving location on map when out hiking was $500. This stand alone GPS unit has a 10 foot accuracy of your location. The GPS unit inside the iPads has a 15 or 16 foot accuracy. So for pretty close to the same accuracy you can spend $500 for a stand alone GPS unit or $120 to get the 4G iPad model. To me that is well worth the price of upgrade on its own.


    If you don't know already, you should check out geocaching at geocaching.com. Its a fun game where you use your GPS to find real world hidden treasures left behind by other people in your area. When you find a geocache full of prizes you can trade a prize of same value(so there are things for the next person). Its fun and is world wide, you probably have a geocache hidden in your back yard and never knew it.
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    I am scheduled to pick up a 64GB wifi from the Apple store on Friday. However, after thinking about it more and more, I think I'm going to ask if they will let me switch to the 4G version. That way, I get the GPS and potential to use 4G (which, would certainly be nice to have on an iPad when on travel).

    If you have never tried to do Navigation on an iPad, you don't know what you're missing. I use Navigon on my iPad 2 and on long trips, it is great. On shorter unplanned trips, I just use my phone...but on planned trips, the iPad rules.

    The GPS is also useful for location based apps like Yelp.
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    Navigation like on your sat nav in your car? I'm not sure what it is but I have a Mercedes with built in sat nav. Would I need that on my Ipad too?
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    Wow that game sounds so cool. I'm on to it! Thanks!
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    Wifi only for iPad2 and 3 for me. I am rural and coverage sucks plus there is enough wifi hot spots, I never miss is.

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