3g or wifi only?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by n0id, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

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    I was wondering 2 things:

    1.) do those of you with 3g notice your using it and cant live without it?
    2.) do the plans stay until they are used, or is it 30 days, use it or lose it style.

    I plan to be very mobile with my ipad...as it can do everything i need it for to replace my laptop. I'm just not sure about needing the internet everyplace I go...
     
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    That means 3G might be a better option for you.
     
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    LouieSamman

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    If you are saying you going to be very mobile with the iPad, you probably should get the 3G.

    As for me, I got the wifi because I want to wait for 4G on the iPad since I don't like the speeds of 3G.

    My iPhone is sufficient enough with getting data on 3G and just use my iPad for home only.

    But once the iPad goes on a 4G network I can see myself taking the iPad with me to places.
     
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    maturola

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    On my case, I actually use the Internet on the go a lot, so I got a iSpot from clearwire (they use the spring network) currently offering unlimited 3G/4G (Correction, iSpot only support 4G) access for only $25 a month.

    If you are have a phone that can enable Hotspot (or a Jailbroken iPhone with MyWi) you can use that and save the $130 premium and it works flawlessly
     
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    MacDawg

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    I got the WiFi version because I thought I could live without the 3G
    I took it back on 3G launch day and exchanged it

    Honestly, I just like the flexibility of it
    I don't ever have to wonder if I will be able to use it or not
     
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    Mr Kram

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    are you in the US using AT&T? if so, the data is up after 30 days - use it or lose it.

    here's what i do. i initially sign up for the 250MB plan. if you are near your limit, you get an email and you can upgrade to the 2GB with no penalty if you wish. also, i automatically cancel my plan as soon as i sign up. that way, your plan doesn't always automatically renew after 30 days. dependind on how often you use 3G, it could be weeks before you actually need to purchase more data.
     
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    flopticalcube

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    If it's only an occasional use, maybe something like mifi might be better. Larger choice of carriers and plans and better flexibility.
     
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    Get a 3G if you can swing it. It's worth it when you need it most. It'll be the most inconvenient time that you need it and won't have it if you get a straight WiFi or you'll be searching for a WiFi cafe.
     
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    ispot only works on 4G. I thought that was a CNET review that kind of drew it down a notch since 4G isn't in most places.
     
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    Mr Kram

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    the other thing to consider is if you have another connected mobile device like an iphone. if you do, then perhaps 3G is not as important to you. i personally like have the option.
     
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    maturola

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    You are 100% right, my bad iSpot is in fact only 4G, I am on a 4G area so I haven't had the need for anything else.
     
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    My perfect combo is my wifi iPad and my iPhone 3GS with MyWi. Im still locked in on the unlimited data plan with AT&T so I can burn it up as much as I like.
     
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    Mr Kram

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    perfect combo would be iphone 4. :D
     
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    Oh I agree, and trust me I want one, but my 3GS is still working perfectly and I just cant bring myself to get rid of it.
     
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    I have the 3G and I love it. Now granted I do not use 3G and much as WiFi but it is really nice to have it when I need it. So far I have found the 250 MB to be more then enough. I have 11 days for my 30 day coverage and so far have only used 40 MB. Those 40 MB were very important however and without 3G I would not have been able to get my work done when I didn't have any access to WiFi. The best part about the iPad 3G service is that you don't have to use it and you can sign up whenever you want. So yes you may pay an extra $130.00 for a 3G version but I really do think it is worth it for when you need it.
     
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    I don't think that a jailbreak is a viable solution for most. It's just not an acceptable practice as the hacks are more for the technically advanced. Then the user will have to know something about MyWi and the distribution channel.

    The viability is my opinion but I tend to think the question is more of a 3G or WiFi option. I don't jailbreak due to instability. My brother in-law jailbreaks everything. He's always having an issue and he's a tech. And it's always at the worse time. I prefer the stable OS choice.

    I'm sure you've never had a problem but there are the disclaimers for a reason. My brother in-law suffers regularly. Haha.
     
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    maturola

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    You kidding right???

    if you can make a phone call, you can Jailbreak (4.0.1 iphones) 3.2.1. :rolleyes:
     
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    You raise a good point.

    And I am by no means brilliant when it comes to hacking these things. I know just enough to get myself into trouble. :D

    Im with you on the not jailbreaking, in fact the only reason I jailbroke was to get the MyWi app. I have been lucky to have things work just fine.

    To answer the OP's question if you plan on being on the go, 3G is a must, no matter which method you access it.
     
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    3G all the way if you're regularly using it on the go. Wifi +MyFi/MyWi if you're only going to be an occasional mobile user.

    Everyone's different, but if you plan on using it mobile a lot I'd strongly recommend 3G over the alternative.
     
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    LouieSamman

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    But the iPhone 4 is a BIG upgrade from the 3GS.

    the retina display on the iPhone 4 makes the 3GS look crummy and blurry.

    You don't notice the screen because you haven't own an iPhone 4 but it really is a major difference.

    But you should wait for the next generation of the iPhone coming up since you seem patient and happy with the 3GS for now.
     

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