Anybody here using the iPad with T-Mobile's 4G?

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  1. sfilingeri, Mar 15, 2011
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    sfilingeri macrumors member

    sfilingeri

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    Hello, my city is fully covered with T-Mobile's 4G service, I currently have a HTC HD2 with $19.95 unlimited Data that I use as a hotspot for my iPad and MacBook but was thinking about upgrading my phone to a 4G phone

    Does anybody have T-Mobile's service 4G and tether their iPad, how much of an improvement have they seen?
     
  2. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    What the....

    iPad GSM model doesn't have t-mobile 1700 HZ frequency built in, so how is it going to run on T-mobile HSPA+ network? (Which is not 4G... more like 3.5G)
     
  3. turkey1 macrumors member

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    Have sprint 4g and evo with hotspot. Works amazing almost as good as wifi
     
  4. sfilingeri thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! But I meant upgrading my phone to a new 4G phone and use that as a hotspot
     
  5. macinnv macrumors regular

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    Yes, I here am tethering with my MyTouch. I did a Speedtest.net test compared to other ATT iPad users. I consistently get around 4mps when they are getting about 2mps. Its nice!
     
  6. Greg M macrumors 6502

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    MyTouch and iPad are a great combo and I save a lot over the lousy and expensive 3G plans. $80 per month for unlimited everything including hotspot without any limits or throttling.
     
  7. sfilingeri thread starter macrumors member

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    I still have the unlimited data on my smartphone for $20 a month and plan on keeping that bad boy for a while
     
  8. JoeG4 macrumors 68030

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    I've yet to see anyone try this - we don't REALLY know if it supports 1700 or not, since it was rumored the vzw iphone's chip not only supported GSM, but AWS GSM as well because it used a more universal chip (I know, no sim card tray, yatta yatta).

    If they were using that chip in the GSM iPad I wouldn't see why it wouldn't support AWS.

    But find out first ;)
     
  9. macinnv macrumors regular

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    I think if the Qualcomm chip is in the newest iPad, i believe the 1700 frequency would have to be 'turned on' by Apple. Im sure someone could confirm this for me.

    I also thought I would have to pay for tethering. Somehow my plan must have it grandfathered in. Tethering without having to add that feature saves $10/month!
     
  10. JoeG4 macrumors 68030

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    Usually, if you use tethering on T-Mobile without the plan, you'll get a text message eventually that you have to pay for the $15 add-on. The thing is, they go by user agent checks - since the iPad probably won't be detected by them as anything more than an iPhone, you're probably safe. (For now, lol!) :D
     
  11. holyindian macrumors 6502

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    Please correct me, but i find it confusing, how can you use a cellphone as a hotspot?? I have an Iphone, but have T-Mobile on it.. which is supposed to be 4G.
     
  12. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

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    You can buy MyWi on cydia which will let you turn your iPhone into a hotspot. However with Tmobile & iPhone, you only get edge speeds which are very slow.
     
  13. holyindian macrumors 6502

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    Oh ok.. that one, I am already using tethering on t-mobile. But the speed is real crappy.
     
  14. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

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    same...

    that's why i'm debating on...

    iPad 2 3G, cancel my T-Mobile $9.99 unlimited plan.

    or

    upgrade my phone to a T-Mobile 4G and purchase unlimited for $25.00.
     
  15. holyindian macrumors 6502

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    To overcome this, i brought an iSpot by clear. 24 dollars a month for unlimited 4G network.. which works as wifi on ipad 2. Its 10 times faster than 3g.
     
  16. Fixmy59bug macrumors newbie

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    I wait for delivery tomorrow morning of my iPad. My phone is an HTC EVO 4G that has been rooted with wireless tether. I look forward to beibg able to tether my iPa to it.
     
  17. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

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    i've looked around, but it seems they discounted these. Since they were easily jailbreakable, so anything can connect to them.

    The next best thing from them is a $45 unlimited plan.
     
  18. Greg M macrumors 6502

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    Should go into the store and update your plan because it's only $10 now.
     
  19. Greg M macrumors 6502

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    I've got a MyTouch 4g with $10 unlimited data. I use the hotspot on the phone and it doesn't cost anything extra.
     
  20. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

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    Wait whaaat. You have the T-Mobile unlimited web for phones $9.99 plan and it works for the MyTouch 4G? Do you get 3G/4G speeds?

    I have that plan for my unlocked iPhone 3G. I only get EDGE speeds, so I do not want to tether.
     
  21. holyindian macrumors 6502

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    anything 4g by tmobile wud work at crappy edge speeds on ipad/iphone :(
     
  22. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

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    Why is that? Your phone is a hotspot.
     

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