Is 3G on Ipad really that slow?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by carola4700, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I want to buy the ipad but also don't want wireless in my house so I have been asking about 3G option in apple store. I hear many different opinions. I know it is a little slower than wireless but some folks say MUCH slower and others say it's really fine. I would mostly be using just for browsing on Safari or firefox. I also heard that even with simple browsing (no email or move watching), you use up the MGB so quickly that the $25 just won't be enough in a one month period. Does anybody have any comments about this?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    3G will not be 'a little slower'. It will be far, far slower (not to mention more expensive). Why is it you do not want wireless?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is 3G on Ipad slow

    OK. YOu've convinced me that it will be too slow to really enjoy. It's strange that the apple store people didn't explain that to me. The wireless costs $6 extra a month and i believe I have to pay time warner $100 to install it. I considered buying the airport express but if something goes wrong with the wireless, I wouldn't have any tech support whereas I do with time warner.
     
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    LOL got to best buy, cheap linksys, set up your own network, waste of a $100, lol, read up a little
     
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    I don't thing I would enjoy my iPad without 3G service. It depends where you live but I get about 2mbps download which is better than no internet on the go. But yes you need a wifi setup while at home.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Totally new to this technology. I will post a question here because I can't find how

    I live in a remote part of Alaska. Purchased a 3G 32Gig iPad. I want to download past seasons of television series through I tunes and play them on a television (smart) similar to a DVD player. I was told AT&T would shut me off because it would be to much downloading even though I have their $25. month service. I do not want to store programs on iPad because I will delete after I watch. What is best way to accomplish this?
     
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    almighty now

    There is no internet available other than 3G.
     
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    AT&T's $25 plan is good for 2GB of data transfer per month. An episode of a one-hour TV show is... well, the one I have is around 750MB. So downloading about 2 and a half episodes of a TV show will use up your monthly data allowance. I think you can buy another 2GB by paying AT&T another $25, but really, at that rate, I think you'll be better off buying the show on DVDs.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    thank-you Night Spring

    Thank-you night spring. That was what I needed to know. Will buy series next time when in the city.
     

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