Confussed! can I use Ipad with Iphone 3G/wifi

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Bailiff, May 21, 2010.

  1. Bailiff macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Ok, first I'm not a techy! I want an Ipad to help with my work

    I am a bailiff here in the UK & need to stay intouch with my office so I am thinking of buying an Ipad. I have a number of questions that I hope someone can explain to me & tell me where I can buy anything that would be required for use here in England.

    1) I do not want to pay for an additional contract to use the Internet or to send & receive emails. So, is there any way of connecting my iPhone to the ipad as I have unlimited access to Internet with my O2 iPhone contract. How,where & what would I need?

    2) My office uses PC's only, I need to use word, spreadsheets etc and fill in PDF type forms. What programme would I need to buy or does ipad come with it?

    3) can I plug my iphone 32gb 3G straight in to ipad?

    4) can you import files & store them on the ipad? Or do I need to send them to myself via an email?

    5) Ipad or laptop? Love my iPhone, converted 4 friends to them, best phone of this type on the market. Ipad great or waste of time? Would a laptop do all the above & more with less hassle?

    Hope you guys & girls can help a non techy guy who would love to just carry 1 thing does all rather than lots of paperwork, chargers, satnav, phones & costly contracts.

  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    1. Yes if you jailbreak your iPhone

    2. Filling in forms in a PDF could be s problem.

    3. No

    4. Yes

    5. Sounds like you would be better off with a laptop.
  3. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Yeah...get a MacBook Pro 13". You will like it.
  4. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    Forget the jailbreaking. That is sooooo US..... If you have a Nokia phone laying around, go to, spend €9 and install the app on your Nokia. From there, it will create a wifi hotspot that you can use to connect your iPad to. I used this method until my 3G iPad arrived.
  5. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    It is called "tethering" and many phones now natively support it.
  6. Bailiff thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Thanks to everyone

    Thanks to everyones help, I do have a couple more questions!

    What is jailbreak?

    Does it work in the UK?

    How/where can I get it done? Will it naff my iPhone up?

    I was going to get the 64gb wifi & 3G so would this cure my connection problems if I am in a remote / countryside area?

    Finally, if you are in the UK where is the cheapest place to buy my ipad or will they all be the same price?

    Thanks again to everyone who takes the time to help.
    Rgds Bailiff
  7. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    If you don't know what Jailbreaking is, you sure as hell don't want to attempt it.

    Buy an 3G iPad and a 3G SIM. End of.
  8. pfft macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2009
    Why the bloody hell is everyone offering to help a bailiff?
  9. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    Aye. Good point.
  10. Bailiff thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Update from bailiff

    Ok, been reading through a lot of threads, think I'm a little wiser.

    Apparently ipad doesn't need to be jailbreak performed on it as it is not locked.

    I could apparently cut my iPhone 3G sim down to the micro size and then buy a carrier so it slots back nicely in my iPhone. I think I would get bored of changing it over all the time, especially if I need to make a call whilst emailing.

    So if I am right I could buy a dongle 3G with x amount of data use without a monthly plan. I assume I would have to dissmantle the dongle & cut down the sim to size?

    This seems a better idea as i can be on the phone & ipad at the same time and I only pay for what i have used.

    I think Apple is taking the pee by forcing customers hands to have to purchase a monthly contract to use your ipad. Come on Apple you are fab at what you do and we love your products for this reason but why be gready? Don't design greAt product & then put a BIG BUT ISSUE if you buy one. We shouldn't have to find ways of getting around your crap, help us & we would all be loyal to your products.

    Any help as always welcomed.
    Rgds Bailiff
  11. Bailiff thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Why help a bailiff?

    Why help a bailiff you ask! I will tell you why because if you don't, the next time you don't pay someone I will take the job and charge you double with my charges! Oh and I Do have ways of finding even you because that's whAt we do!

    So, what piece of useful advice was you going to give me! Regarding my question obviously. :)
  12. Sushi Dude macrumors newbie

    Sushi Dude

    Nov 8, 2009
    For what you need I recommend a laptop. And what is your definition of PC? If you mean any computer then get a MacBook. If you mean not a Mac get laptop and put Linux on it. If you mean Windows only, I fill sorry for you.

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