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Why don't you just get a $15 unlimited data plan plus phone and buy a SIMM cutter and put in the iPad. Makes sense to me
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Isn't having two mobile accounts (phone & iPad) part of the problem? If your phone has a cheaper data plan you could tether the iPad to it via WiFi.
Another option, I have a WiFi only iPad and tether to a pre-paid WiFi/3G router, paid for by my company as it happens, but still reasonably economical.
Both of these suggestions should conceal the iPad's IMEI number from the service provider.
...Tablets are more like computers in the way they consume data; or at least that is the perception. Carriers are afraid they will end up with a congested network, and lose customers because of it. And of course, they will charge what people are willing to pay. The only thing that cows greed is competition (or regulation, an evil to be avoided if possible). That's why markets with lots of carriers are getting better deals than those of us with only one or two choices....
jsh1120 said:Don't mean to turn this thread into a political discussion, but the reason that the US has so little competition is because there is little regulation of carriers compared to Europe. By mandating GSM networks, the EU assures that consumers can purchase a phone and move an account easily from one carrier to another. The result is true competition among multiple carriers. In contrast, the US suffers from a subsidized phone purchase business model that not only locks a consumer into a two year contract (much more costly in the long run) but also limits the carriers with which a phone may be used.
The notion that an unregulated market is a "free" market is not an idea that even Adam Smith would have endorsed.
Yep! Deregulation has unleashed the Wall Street vultures and the banks, created a piranha filled jungle river of the cummunications industry, and led to pandemonium in the air travel industry.
Have you ever tried to sit down and really dompare the various plans offered by cell phone companies? For me it has been virtually impossible to get a straight story about exactly what plans they offer nor to compare the features of the ones they will discuss with me.
And it seems to me that mobile data access is way, way too expensive in comparison with wired data. That is the reason I will not want a wireless version of my iPad.
Because enough people are willing to pay that price, apparently. Sometimes, prices are driven by high demand and, often (always, maybe), companies charge what the market will bear.I don't understand why 3G on an iPad is like Â£15 a month
I suspect it is a bit more complicated than that. I, for one, am more likely to stream video on an iPad than on a small-screen phone, for example (otherwise, why whould I have even purchased an iPad given that I have an iPhone?). While the capabilities are similar, I expect the difference in size tends to suggest different uses, more convenient usage experience, and increased data.I might be wrong, but the iPad is just a iPhone for giants, so actually the data transferred to the phone and the iPad would nearly be same.
By mandating GSM networks, the EU assures that consumers can purchase a phone and move an account easily from one carrier to another.