3G or not

Discussion in 'iPad' started by chrisiw, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. chrisiw macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2008
    Isle of Wight UK
    I am just about to get an iPad, cant decide if the 3G is worth the extra money as im not away from my wifi that much, but then it sounds good at times like trips and holidays to have it.....any thoughts guys:confused:
  2. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    If you can afford it may as well go for it. It does everything the wifi can do plus a bit more. If you can't then stick with the wifi. Its great with or without 3G.
  3. jreuschl macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
  4. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    If you have the money, get the 3G. It's nice to have in case you need it. Having GPS is also a plus.
  5. doobry macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2010
    Definitely worth the extra If you can afford it. Reasons?

    Find my iPad
    Connectivity wherever you need it. (I'm in the back garden writing this too far from the AP for wifi and it's failed over happily to 3G.)
  6. gostan macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    West of Boston
    With my wife away, I enjoyed my 3G at a local tavern bar (no wi-fi) last evening. I am convinced that 3G is really a necessity until free wi-fi is more available.
  7. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Agree with all the previous posts - 3G is the one to go for if you can afford it.
  8. ukyo229 Guest

    Jan 27, 2010
    It depends on your situation.

    Take my situation for example. I now have a 3G iPad, and sold my PC/Laptop, and modem. Don't need any of them.

    If you use WiFi, there is no reason to get a 3G version. You want to spend extra money on a service you may use? Which just costs you more money to use it on top of your current internet costs? Many of the above comments just have me pff'ing air.
  9. gostan macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    West of Boston
    Just one ? How do you backup the iPad if you sold your pc/laptop?
  10. bad angel macrumors member

    bad angel

    Jan 19, 2010
    I had a Wi-Fi only iPad at first and then sold it and switched to a 3G iPad when they were released. While I spend most of my time at home (I work from home) in our own Wi-Fi network, I do encounter many places without Wi-Fi when out of the house. While I also have a laptop, I do sometimes need or want to only bring my iPad with me when going out and I want to be able to connect anywhere, particularly if I need to do a bit of work in a pinch. Given this, the $129 premium for the 3G iPad was worth it to me.

    It looks like many of the 3G iPad plans in the UK (after a quick glance, I did not read them all thoroughly) can be had daily or weekly (which is not an option for us in the U.S.) so you definitely have the option to use it only when you need it and avoid a long-term contract and recurring monthly bill. I say go for it.

    With the UK plans offering daily and weekly options, it's not necessarily going to cost him much extra particularly if he's on holiday and is away from free Wi-Fi. Not everyone is in the same situation as you and there's no need to be condescending about the experiences and opinions of others.
  11. ukyo229 Guest

    Jan 27, 2010
    There is nothing condescending about thinking someone is an idiot for spending a large sum of money on something extra they "may" use once in a blue moon.
  12. ukyo229 Guest

    Jan 27, 2010
    Well.. what exactly do I need to backup?
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Cost is the only reason not to get a 3G. GPS and wider connectivity option are big pluses if you can afford $130 more plus the monthly fee.
  14. jkrutch macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    Then allow me to be condescending....if you think $129 is a "large sum of money" then you probably can't afford an iPad in the first place. :eek:
  15. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    Not necessarily true. I know plenty of people who could buy iPads weekly but still consider $129 more than an insignificant amount of money.
  16. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Terra Australis
    I only went for the 3G version because if you can't get onto a wifi network you nave no choice but to use the mobile network. The limitation of wifi only version is it's too reliant on wifi so basically you are bound to home.
  17. jkrutch macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    I was referring to it being a large sum of money. If someone can drop a few grand a month of disposable income (according to your "weekly iPad purchase" example) they won't think twice about a hundred bucks.

    While a large sum is certainly subjective, a c-note isn't a large sum when talking about a device that costs > $500 and typically more since a lot of opt for the higher units.

    Maybe you missed my point. I'll state it more simply, if you need to worry about spending $100, you probably shouldn't be buying an iPad.
  18. jkrutch macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    Same for me...just in case. I already canceled my data plan since I only used around 20mb last month. Virtually everywhere I go I seem to find WiFi. Luckily, few exceptions so far.
  19. ukyo229 Guest

    Jan 27, 2010
    haha, I clicked your page, and as expected...

    20" iMac, 15" Macbook Pro, iPhone 3G (and now an iPad 3G) :rolleyes:

    I enjoy going out to bars/clubs or gigs, especially when I'm back in Tokyo (night life in Australia is rather dull) However I'm responsible with my money, and don't have a disorder of buying the same things over and over again in different form factors.

    $129 is a significant increase in price, especially when the reason for that increase is likely not to be used or needed.

    But hey, I'm not judging your lifestyle, I'm just glad it's not mine!
    By the way, how are those porn sites working out for ya? ;)
  20. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    3Gs are great, but even though I could afford it I said no, a decision I've been happy with.


    - That ugly black strip absolutely mars the clean lines and beauty of the iPad. Why they didn't make it silver colored is beyond me, it sticks out like a sore thumb on an otherwise flawless design.

    - Restrictions of 3G. Now I just MyWi tether my iPhone. I don't have any of the inane restrictions 3G connectivity provides. I can do whatever, just as if I was on WiFi.

    - While I COULD have afforded 3G quite easily, in Canada it's $35/mo for 5GB. That's well over $400 a year. I could almost buy a new iPad every year just by forgoing 3G. That and I get unlimited data for $30/mo on my iPhone anyway. I just tether, even though the battery life isn't the best.
  21. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Like others have said, it is definitely worth it. I have already used my 3G more than I originally thought I would. I'm just glad I have it and glad I have the unlimited data plan too!
  22. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    I got the wifi myself. I would have gotten the 3G, but they didn't have any in stock. I figure it saves me $30/month anyway.
  23. Elise macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    There simply is not enough free wifi spots in the UK so I have the 3G, and it's more than worth it...

    Re the black strip, my iPad is always in the case, I only ever take it out to clean it so it doesn't make that much difference to me.
  24. jkrutch macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    Wow...you looked at my "page"...that info is old from when I first joined. As for "lifestyle"...you probably wouldn't like mine. I retired in my early forties, live in a 12,000 sq ft house with my wife and 4 kids and have a LP560-4. Life sucks...
    As for porn sites, I have no idea what you are referring to.

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