Apple Tablet carrier?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by keith28, Jan 26, 2010.

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Do you have use for Phone carrier for the Apple Tablet?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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    87.5%
  1. keith28 macrumors member

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    If the Apple Tablet has a carrier like At&t or verizon.
    Do you think that would be required?
    It's seems like another bill to pay.

    I would love a tablet, but would have a need for a carrier, other than the w-fi connection around the house or hotspots.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Jimmyz macrumors regular

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    Apple would be shooting itself in the foot if they made you get a contract to be able to use the device (like the iPhone).
     
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I'm thinking that Apple may allow tethering to the iPhone.

    Best of both worlds if you will. You can connect anywhere if you want providing that you have an iPhone.
     
  4. keith28 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats a good point.
     
  5. Jimmyz macrumors regular

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    I hope they will allow tethering, but I am not sure. Regardless, official tethering is not out on the iPhone yet, and no one knows when it will be, sadly.
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    True.

    My thinking is maybe limited tethering, in that you could only tether the tablet to your iPhone and not laptop computers.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    ...but....wouldn't that be up to the carrier as well? Assuming the Tablet already has wifi.
     
  8. AndyGordon macrumors newbie

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    Tethering is here already


    Checkout http://shop.o2.co.uk/update/internet.html :)

    Or maybe its only available in UK/Europe?

    Cheers
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    True.

    As I understand, some places in the world already allow tethering.

    If the iPhone can only tether to the tablet, then the providers (carrier) would know that the bandwidth requirements would be limited compared to straight computer tethering. Therefore the infrastructure demands would be limited with this setup. So if Apple has been in contact with providers (carriers) such as AT&T (in the US), SoftBank (in Japan), etc., it may work.

    I see the tablet having WiFi built-in. But I don't see 3G built-in.

    Anyhow, just a thought. Guess we'll know soon enough. :)
     
  10. Leprachaun macrumors newbie

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    It'd be nice if we had the choice. If you could buy it with or without a carrier. I wonder if it'll be Vodafone or O2 over here if it is carrier only to start.
     
  11. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    I don't care what carrier it goes to. I just hope that I won't be required to pay some ridiculous data fee per month as wifi is suitible for me (and many others).
     
  12. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Being able to tether to an iPhone would be a great selling point, IMO. We'll know in about 3 hours.
     

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