3G/4G for your iPad WiFi

Discussion in 'iPad' started by francisq, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. francisq macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2010
  2. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    That's cool.

    How much does the Sprint mobile hotspot cost?

    Will it work overseas?
  3. Kenal0 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2007
    I have been testing it out with the Sprint Overdrive the last few days and in Chicago the 4g is very fast. I also have run speedtest on my phone with the Overdrive in 3G vs the ATT 3g and the Sprint 3G has been faster 9 out of 10 times. The advantage with the Overdrive is that I can connect my Macbook to it if I travel, disadvantages is another device to charge and the higher monthly cost.
    I have 28 more days to decide if I am going to keep it.

  4. francisq thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2010

    Wow you're absolutely right. I haven't even thought about that.

    I can use the Overdrive 4G with my Macbook, iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch!

  5. dcsatt macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2005
    Results may vary.
    I'm in Tampa, Florida (3G only), and the Overdrive has been a huge disappointment. While my iPad is connected to the Overdrive, I routinely get speeds as slow as 60-75kbps. I average 150-300kbs. AT&T 3G on the iPhone, on the other hand, is consistently >1000kbps.

    The Overdrive has been nearly useless.

    I've ordered the iPad Wi-Fi 3G. I'm returning the Overdrive.
  6. francisq thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2010
    How about the Verizon MiFi? anyone's using this with their iPad?

    Specifically in the Palo Alto/Redwood City Area?
  7. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
  8. 3G4Gexpert macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    The 3G version of the iPad will be locked to AT&T's network, which doesn't even compare to the 3G coverage that Verizon has. iPad 3G owners would have to pay $30/mo for a data plan that can only be used on the iPad.

    I would recommend getting a Verizon MiFi, which will provide better 3G coverage, on a more reliable 3G network. Not to mention you can connect up to 5 devices at a time to the MiFi.

    3Gstore just announced a No Contract MiFi Option for iPad for only $49.95/mo

  9. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I have the "WiFi only" iPad and the Overdrive. Could not be happier. Our town has strong 4G coverage. I'm getting up to 5000Kbps download speed. It never drops below 2500Kbps. And it also works with my MacBook Pro and iPhone 3GS (which has poor 3G data connection most of the time).

    Plus, the Overdrive has its own GPS. I use Safari to enter the Overdrive's IP address which gives me access to the GPS "Map me" function which then sends me to Google Maps showing my exact location.
  10. mozartwon macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
    I have the same setup. Just bought Copilot for Ipad and it works like a charm!
  11. iserian macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Palo Alto Apple Store
    Using VZW's MiFi here - works as advertised - better than the built in 3G if you can swing it.
  12. Alchematron macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
    4G Options


    No 2 year contract
    Clearspot router $190.00


    2 year contract
    Overdrive router $99.00 with rebate
    Sprint = Reseller of Clear network

    Sprint HTC EVO 4G Phone due June 6

    Mobile 4G hotspot $10.00 to 20.00/month extra speculation

    AT&T 3G boost to 4G like speeds this Summer

    3 to 6 MBPS rumor
  13. biosci macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2010
    Chicagoland, IL
    I just can't justify the >$50/mo on a 2 year contract... 4g isn't in all markets either. I use clear for my MBP but it's nice that I can put it in vacation mode for a few months or cancel all together if I want.
  14. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    Are you saying that CoPilot Live HD for iPad can access the GPS in the Overdrive?
  15. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati OH
    I believe those contracts also impose caps on data qty per month.

    So you:
    - Pay more
    - Are locked into a contract
    - Have to carry around an extra device
    - Are limited on data qty

    No thanks.
  16. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    There is no quota on the Sprint 4G Overdrive.

    And since it supports 5 devices, cost per device is $12 per month. We have two iPads, two MacBook Pros, and two iPhone 3GS.

    The Overdrive fits in my pocket or in my iPad's messenger bag. Weighs 4 oz.
  17. iserian macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Palo Alto Apple Store
    VZW MiFi - Unlimited - I'm a business user so not 100% that its unlocked for average Joe.
  18. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Only issue that there is a $60 a month bill attached to them. :( And many of us don't need the ability to connect to our laptops with these... we are looking only for our iPads....

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