Is there consensus on Tethering vs. 3G iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by akm3, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Other than the built in GPS in the iPad, do you give up anything by going iPhone+Tether+Wi-Fi iPad vs. 3G iPad?

    If you own an iPhone, you can tether the phone to a wi-fi iPad. Or, you can get a 3G iPad.

    Cheaper to tether, but it drains the more limited battery of the iPhone. But you can also tether it to other devices.

    Is there a consensus on the forums as to which method is more popular?

    I'm personally leaning towards a 3G iPad 3 to replace my wifi iPad 1. I don't have much else to tether to, but it would be nice when I need it.
  2. Meanee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2011
    You could try making a poll. But personally, I use tethering. It's literally 2 clicks on my phone, 4G speeds, and works great. I do not see a reason for another monthly bill.
  3. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Yea, I guess Jailbreak + mywi to tether the iPhone/iPad "free" is the best solution. I think that is even more brutal on battery life for the iPhone though.

    But paying for the privilege of tethering vs paying iPad 3G is pretty similar in price.
  4. richmonddjs macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2009
    Richmond, Va.
    Not according to my math.
  5. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    $20 for tethering plan vs. $25 for 2GB iPad plan....pretty similar if you ask me.

    For the original question, I tether for light use (web browsing, news, etc) and activate 3G for one month when traveling.
  6. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    3G all the way if you have home wifi/

    Otherwise, tethering it is.
  7. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    The tethering plan will give you 4GB, which is quite substantial if you use over 2GB regularly.
  8. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    Similar situation for me. I'm happy to have a 3G iPad, but I rarely activate 3G while at home. I usually tether to my iPhone with MyWi-OnDemand. It pretty much connects automatically when needed and it uses Bluetooth which is much easier on the iPhone battery than WiFi.

    When I travel internationally, I get a local data sim for my iPad and tether my iPhone, laptop and family members' devices from the iPad. It works great and the iPad battery still lasts a long time.
  9. Stefx73 macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2011
    Two of my colleagues complained that their iPhone4 gets hot in the holster with the wifi hotspot feature on.

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