After using the Wifi version, do you still feel the need for 3G?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Dammit Cubs, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    I'm curious if this has caused many early adopters to think about getting the 3G version instead. Can you guys live with just wifi?

    I am starting to feel like getting the 3G version makes your iphone redundant since alot of coffee shops and many locations outside of your home have some sort of Wifi connection.
  2. jettie1767 macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    I wanted the 3G and had pre-ordered the 32gb and then the 64gb. But, at the last minute, I changed my mind and went with the 64gb wifi only.

    In the NY/NJ area, there's plenty of hotspots to use outside of the house so I didn't see the need to pay extra for 3G.

    I think it really depends on where you plan to use the iPad and whether there's wifi or not in that area.
  3. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    If I had an unlimited amount of money the 3G version would be ideal. Since I don't, tethering iPad to the data plan I already pay for on my phone is a better fit for my needs.
  4. ClaireL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2010
    New Jersey
    Not really since there are plenty of unsecured Wifi hotspots near me and all over town/ malls. I'm not willing to pay for 3G either, I'm perfectly happy with Wifi on my iPad
  5. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Yes, after using my DD's wifi version i know that I *need* the 3G version.

    Heck, she finally figured out she really wants the 3G version when she realized no where we go has wifi! LOL!!
  6. mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004
    I've traveled with Apple laptops for years, from the PowerBook Duo to the latest unibody MacBook Pro. I've never had 3G on my laptops, so I wont miss it.

    But I have an iPhone 3GS when I need it.
  7. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
  8. ipoddin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I've mentioned before, but it really depends on your use.

    For me, wifi is fine. At work there is free wifi. So between that and home, I've got wifi all the time 5 days a week. I'm not going to take the ipad out with me on weeknights. And weekends, if I'm home, I got wifi. If I go out running errands, or to an event, or a party, etc...I'm not taking the iPad with me. That's why I have an iphone and data plan.

    Traveling? Airpots have wifi. Many flights now have wifi. Hotels have wifi. Conferences have wifi.

    In the rare instances where I have my ipad and no wifi, I can just as easily look up directions, a restaurant, an email, etc on my iphone, just like I was able to do a week ago before the iPad came out. Plus, it's more discreet when out and about.
  9. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    I am waiting for the 3G because I don't want to be limited to where I can use my iPad...ever. That means at my mom's house (she has no wifi), on the road, in hotels, even at home if/when my internet service goes down.

    I love the pricing plans they have come up with...$15 for 250MB and $30 for unlimited. The great part is you can turn it on and off with no contract--AND you can start with the $15 plan and the iPad will warn you when you get to 20%, 10% and 0% remaining so that you can switch to the unlimited plan if you desire. If, by chance, I find I am not using it at all I'll turn it off completely and there will be no charge. But I'll always have that option. That's great!
  10. phillyred79 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2010
    I have a 64gb Wifi, but I would like the ease of mind and flexibility of knowing I have a 3G connection at my disposal. So, I will get the 3G..
  11. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2008
    Denver, Co
    Nope. I just use MyWi on my iPhone when I'm out and it works great.
  12. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    Even if there were a lot of unsecured WiFi hotspots around me, I wouldn't use them for anything important. The iPhone has spoiled me, I don't think I could buy a new device that doesn't have a constant internet connection.
  13. tpouliot macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007

    My company pays for my 3G card already, so I am just upgrading to MiFi device. 3G without no additional $$ out of my pocket! :D
  14. camarobh macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Still getting 3G

    I have been using the wifi version and still intend to get a 3g version. I don't like being limited to somebody elses hotspot. I like the "no contract" 3g service and may not use it all of the time, but I want the option.

    I don't want to have to consider free wifi when I pick the places I choose to eat or visit. I am converting from a printed newspaper to an electronic version, and reading the newspaper is one of my daily lunchtime activities.
  15. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    3G would absolutely be nice. The iPad is designed to be on the Internet and if it leaves the house you're probably leaving the Internet behind.

    The question though is if it's really worth the added price and paying AT&T for another data plan when you've got an iPhone is your pocket.
  16. bbtrinet macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    I'm waiting for the 3G iPad.

    My additional uses include being able to use the iPad
    a) At work for unlimited internet instead of restricted site access-wifi
    b) At the airport/hotels without paying a $10-$15 one-time daily fee that airports and many hotels charge.
    c) In the summer, when I'm outside at a park, and I just want to surf the web instead of being limited to reading a book
    d) to surf the web while the passenger in a car on a long trip
    e) to get my emails on one device (sorry, iPhone) wherever I am.

    I've actually down-graded my phone. I no longer have an iPhone, just a typical phone which just receives calls. (Actually, my iPhone is my wifi iPad mini right now). My iPad will be with me at home/work and in the car. It's a lot easier to do the work I'm planning on doing on the iPad instead of the iPhone.

    And the $30 savings downgrading my phone gives me 3G iPad usage. Maybe I'll even be able to use the 250mb plan and save $15.
  17. iLiveUdie macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2010
  18. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Nope I'm lovin it, reception is awesome:D
    I am NOT giving AT&T another freakin penny:eek:

    should I decide in the future I want it, there is always Net share on my i_phone, which becomes my 3G router
  19. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
  20. lotusindigo macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2010
    WiFi for me. I won't be using it anyplace that doesn't already have WiFi, since I live in a pretty populated commercial area. And the iPhone takes care of all of my 3G needs.
  21. qpid360 macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I just use my 3GS/N1 for 3G tethering. No need for the 3G model for me.
  22. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas

    I am also considering giving up my iPhone. After almost 3 years the novelty is wearing off. And there are so many other phones out there I'd like to try. By the end of my contract the newer iPhone needs to be a completely different animal if it wants to keep me as a user. I rarely use it for calling anyway. The things I use it for the iPad can do, and bigger.
  23. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    This joke was funny the first few times someone posted it on this forum, now its just old.
  24. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    No 3G for me. For one I'm trying to reduce my cell expenses and would rather not shell out more $$, contract or not. Second, wifi is accessible just about everywhere I need to be.
  25. MacBOS macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
    New York, New York
    it will be hard to have that extra bill come in the mail box, but that is the beauty of the iPad i guess "no limits"

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