iPad mini I feel trapped when there is no wifi

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    I work in some places that don't have wifi and I have to use my phone to download files for work whether it be spreadsheets or documents. My question is this my main phone is a galaxy S3 and that being said is there any way to transfer files from my phone to mini without wifi. Tethering isn't really an option either I don't want to make my cell plan anymore expensive then it already is.
     
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    One way you could do it i guess is with an airport express. You could pick up an older previous generation one (the power brick sized ones) pretty cheap and use that.

    You'll need a power point onbviously...
     
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    So I'm guessing you want him to create a wifi network, albeit one without actual internet. What would be the next step then? I believe Airport Express doesn't support creating a network drive via usb port and even then, I don't know how the iPad will have access to that.
     
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    You'd be better off with a Nexus 7, since you have easy access to the file system, just like on your SGS 3.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The build quality on that nexus is just so poor. I hate Asus I'm just trying to make the mini fit. I was hoping that I was missing some way to be able to make this happen.
     
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    ...Requires an internet connection.
     
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    Oops. Right you are, I guess it's time for bed, after all. :)
     
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    Can't you enable tethering on your S3 with root ?
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same problem at work except I have an iPhone. I have been transferring files over Bluetooth. The app I use is air disk pro, but there are others that can also do this. I'm not sure if you can do this with your phone, but it has worked quite well for me so far.
     
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    Doesn't a MiFi device also set up an ad hoc wireless LAN for up to 5 devices?
     
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    Can't the OP just set their phone up as a personal hot spot? That's how I give my gen 1 Nexus 7 tinternet access when I'm outside WiFi coverage.
     
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    OP doesn't want to spend more money on tethering plan.

    And carriers will block or sending warning messages to those who tether illegal.
     
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    Your options are rather limited when there's no wifi. I'd say if you really need net access and you frequently find yourself outside of a wifi hotspot you need to either purchase a mifi, pay for the tethering or sell the mini and then buy a LTE enabled iPad mini
     
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    I've seen portable hard drives with built in wifi: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-wifi-hard-drives-2011-8?op=1. OP could store the files on them and transfer them to either device.

    I think I'm interpreting the original post as he currently downloads them into a smart phone (probably) before leaving a wifi-enabled area (maybe at work), then wants to work on or view some of them on an iPad. So why not store the files on one of these wifi drives and then access them with either iDevice instead? Yes, one more thing to carry but that seems a given per the requirements offered by OP.

    Or maybe he's downloading them via cellular (away from wifi) to that phone and is then looking for a way to work on them on the iPad? In this case too, I think those wifi drives plus the right apps would be the way to move the files off the phone, onto the drive, then off the drive and onto the iPad.

    For what it's worth OP, I jettisoned the cell phone (and the expensive monthly bill) for an iPad LTE. Paired with earbuds + mic and voip app, it is now my cell phone for those somewhat rare times I need to talk to someone. When I'm away from wifi and really need to connect, I can dynamically buy 1Gb for $20 via LTE but so far I haven't had to do that once (I always seem to find free wifi). However, even if my situation was more like yours- where I need access and can't always find free wifi- $20/month for one device that covers both needs is much less expensive than $100/month for 2 devices. iPad Mini with LTE + Earbuds with mic + Talkatone app & Google Voice & Skype & jiwire wifi finder apps make a great alternative to just giving AT&T or Verizon about $100/month forever. I get unlimited calling in and out, unlimited texting in and out for a data fee so far of $0/month (but sooner or later, I'll probably have to spend $20 for some LTE in some situation. I'm guessing that will be about 2 times per year.).
     
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    I suspect whatever solution the OP chooses will involve some outlay :).
     
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    Try FoxFi -- It will turn your gs3 into a hotspot, and you should be able to connect to it with the iPad. I don't think it uses data to just connect to the phone.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfi&hl=en
     
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    Respectfully, you have no idea what you're talking about.

    I have a Nexus 7 and it's excellent. It's every bit as well finished as my iPad mini.

    I know people love to bash Android and Google but the fact is, it's a tactic that's worn out.

    Nice Try... :)
     
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    This is how I'm interpreting the OP. So how does iPad access the Wifi Drive?
     
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    Those drives create their own network the iPad could connect to.
     
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    I agree with you...I had the N7 and there was nothing wrong with the build quality. It actually has a better one handed hold/feel than the iPad Mini IMO.

    In the end, I am too invested in the Apple ecosystem, so the N7 went bye bye back to Staples. Great device though.

    Seems like the OP needs to spend a few extra bucks and swap that Mini for a LTE Mini. Personally I would of got the LTE version if I knew I'm in non-wifi areas a lot.
     
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    And then how do you access the drive once connected to the wifi? I'm new to iPad and I've never tried this so I'm curious. It was my understanding that you couldn't access network drives. Or am I missing something.
     
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    If you can afford a galaxy S3 and iPad Mini you can afford a tethering plan.
     
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    These type of drives also provide a free app from the App Store that's used to connect to the drives. You can't connect to a shared drive from within iOS, but you can from within an app.


    Not necessarily. Just because someone has a smartphone and/or a tablet doesn't mean they can add to their monthly bill. There's a reason the Wi-Fi iPads sell so well.
     
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    My mistake. I should have done more research. I found these:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/best-wifi-hard-drives-2011-8?op=1

    Looks like these drives cost as much as a Nexus 7 :eek:
     

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