Is there a way to get 3g on a wifi iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by macswitcha2, May 8, 2010.

  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    I am still deciding which to get. If there is a way to get 3G on the wifo one, than I will go with the wifi one and save money.
  2. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    If that was possible there wouldn't be 2 models
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  4. BacklitFirefly macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2009
    Sandhills Area, North Carolina
    Lots of ways. You could use the plan on your current data enabled cell phone, provided your carrier allows it. Or you could get that portable wifi device from Verizon and a plan for it, and you could use that with several devices -- not just your iPad. :cool:
  5. suffy67 macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    Tether Iphone


    I tether my 32GB to my jail broken 3GS iPhone using mywi.

    Very good

  6. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008

    can you Pm me instructions how to do this? Is there a way to tethering without JB my iphone 3gs?
  7. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    ^ No. you will need to JB. Its the only reason I JB'd my iPhone.
  8. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    Only by tethering to an existing 3G phone. You could do that with jailbroken iPhone, or you could buy the unlimited data plans from either Verizon or Sprint and tether. IIRC, those plans are $60/month, so it would cost you twice as much per month as a iPad with 3G, although you'd be saving $130 one time up front.

    Additionally, for that $130, you get GPS on the 3G iPad, the wifi version doesn't have that, FWIW.
  9. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Can you tether to a 1G iPhone and surf at EDGE speeds? Is this even possible?
  10. WisdomWolf macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2010
    Why would you want to disgrace such an awesome device by limiting it to EDGE?
  11. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2007
    Tether it.

    Posted from my iPad tethered to my Nexus One
  12. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    Or you can get the 4G iPad case from sprint.
    It's supposed to be really fast, but pricey.
  13. krnboy503 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    I use my tmobile edge connection when I'm not at a wifi hotspot. It works and I'm happy :)
  14. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

    Mar 28, 2009
    To give the best answer for your situation, what type of 3G capable device do you have now?
  15. p-rice macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Edge is better than having no internet.
  16. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    Not much wisdom displayed there. :D
  17. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    EDGE is bloody slow, unless the guy doesn't mind waiting some time for each web page to load. :eek:
  18. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Because all I have is a 1g iphone
  19. BigdaddyMBP macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2008
    Palm Pre / Moto Droid

    Palm Pre has a built in FREE hotspot for Verizon. Got the wife the phone for $49 and now when we travel turn on the hot spot and use it for MBP and IPAD.

    Also you can jailbreak the moto droid real easy and do the same thing. Now I pay one $30 data plan with Verizon and can use up to 5 devices... and it is cheaper the MYWI.
  20. atuarre macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2008
    For those advising the OP to tether his device with an existing phone, I thought wireless companies could see tethered data usage and bill you additionally for using your phone in a tethered state without subscribing to their individual tethering plan?
  21. squint0241 macrumors member

    May 10, 2008
    They bill you based on total usage (i.e., your carrier data plan), not the number of devices hanging off of it (tethered). The iPhone data plan is unlimited. So, I tether my iPad to it wirelessly when I'm out and about. Have been tethering my MBP to my iPhone for about a year now and haven't seen any increase in my bill. Multiple payment...nice... BTW, I use MyWi from Cydia for tethering goodness...:apple:
  22. Sinfire macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    Most of the cell carriers have these portable wifi devices that allow you to use a wifi enabled device over their network. You can even get speeds faster than 3G by getting a 4G device from Sprint.

    Keep in mind, if you stick with the base wifi iPad, you will not have the GPS capabilities that are used by a lot of programs.
  23. lokerd macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    Are there any other options than sprint and verizon? I see virgin has a device, but it is USB. Are there others stand alone products coming?

    I have ipad wifi. Although I am willing to get another 3g, I just want to make sure I is the best option. My wife and I both have itouchs (actually they are origianl iPhones with no service). But I would want to provide her with wifi with either a stand alone or an ipad 3g. She will probably also keep my wifi ipad.

    I am on the sprint network already…stuck on an older plan with a centro which is the last smart phone slowed on the plan I have with out paying another $75 per month.

    Thanks for any additional suggestions that aren't already listed her I just feel like there must be another solution. If only just about to come out.
  24. rcollins325 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2010
    Los angeles
    just returned my wifi for 3g i love it too much but you can jailbreak and iphone less than 3.1.3 and use it as a wifi spot on the iphone than connect the ipad
  25. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    Tehter your phone

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