Mifi with a wifi only iPad.

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  1. ChrisGonzales90 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone done this yet? Is it prety seemless Between sprint and verizion who do you recommend? I'm thinking of getting one and would like others opinions on it.
     
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    Be curious to see this answer.

    Considering using a Verizon MiFi when I travel the states on vacation.
     
  3. dwright1974 macrumors 6502

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    Yep. I've done it ... In the UK

    Bought a wifi iPad and then paid £50 for a Three PAYG MIFI unit and it's brilliant.

    Don't intend to use it much hence the reason for not paying an extra £100 for a 3G iPad.

    Location Services also seems pretty accurate considering mine doesn't have a GPS chip in it.

    HTH

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  4. ChrisGonzales90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nice to know. Thanks.


    I just checked clear and they have these type of devices now. Clear is becoming a hit in my area. Are they pretty good?

    And are the 4G devices capable of handling 3G?
     
  5. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    The Sprint Overdrive has both 3G and 4G radios. I believe that there is 5GB soft cap when using it on Sprint's 3G network and if you're using it in a 4G area then it's unlimited.

    I hear it has really poor battery life and overheats like crazy compared to the Verizon MiFi.

    Your call I guess- faster data speeds vs less hot device and better battery life.
     
  6. ChrisGonzales90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I just want a device that works and will get me the best buck. I may not buy right away and I took a look at the plans and they are pretty expensive. (i currently pay 50 bucks a month for boost mobile) but I was out and about with my iPad yesterday and kind of wish I had the 3G model. Though this iPad is a gift so I won't complain too much.
     
  7. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    You might as well get the Sprint Overdrive if their coverage is good in your city. Both VZW's and Sprint's devices cost $60 a month, connects up to 5 devices and (on 3G) have 5GB caps. The sprint overdrive has the added ability to use 4G for no extra money.
     
  8. Helenlister macrumors newbie

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    Same here. I use mine everyday while I am at work and never have any problems. :)
     
  9. Crosbie macrumors 6502a

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    Ditto. It connects my iPod Touch too whilst I'm out walking and don't want to carry my iPad. And it'll connect my MacBook if I need to take that out. It was a no-brainer for me.

    I'm considering getting one of those Three sims with 12gb for a year... EBay only I believe? Anyone confirm having had a positive experience of one of those?
     
  10. scottness macrumors 65816

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    Cool. Couldn't see myself doing that, though. Don't have quite the disposable income for my inevitable mistakes.
     
  11. nlr macrumors 6502

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    Is speeds/coverage on mif on wifi version as good as the iPad 3G model?
     
  12. Helenlister macrumors newbie

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    I would say so, at least speed has never been a problem. I use the MiFi with my MacBook too to play World of Warcraft at lunchtime - that needs a good connection and I am always able to play without any 'lag'. :)
     
  13. nlr macrumors 6502

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    Mifi isn't big yet in the UK, I would love Vodafone/02 to do it.
     
  14. TheMadBrewer macrumors regular

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    I used a Cradlepoint PHS-300 along with a Huawei USB Modem on my recent trip to Germany (before the iPad was released there). Probably not as elegant as a MiFi but it worked fine. Was cheaper than a MiFi as I already had the modem.
     
  15. Halon X macrumors regular

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    I use a Sprint MiFi with my iPad and it works great.

    I already had the Mifi so it was an easy decision. Speed is equal to, if not a little better in some areas than what I see on my iPhone. I get about 3.5 hours of battery out of Mifi if I'm doing basic surfing/email/etc. I can also surf without any of the 3G limitations some apps impose. The biggest attraction to me (well before the iPad) is the ability to share the connection and use it with multiple devices. I also use it at home for backup connectivity during the rare times my cable internet goes out.

    Needing to carry a second device with the iPad for connectivity is not an issue, both are kept in my messenger bag when I'm outside the house.

    I think the MiFi and iPad make a great combo. Let me know if you have any additional questions.
     
  16. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    My wife has a Verizon MiFi for her laptop and her iPad. She travels a lot and even when in town is often out of the house. She needed more flexibility than a 3G iPad could provide, so the MiFi is a good choice for her.

    I, on the other hand, get by just fine on my 3G iPad. And for the rare occasion when I might need to connect my MacBook someplace I don't have network access otherwise, I've got wifi hotspot software enabled on my rooted Droid :)
     
  17. christophermdia macrumors 6502a

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    I as well use a mifi, I had the wifi iPad but have since switched to a 3G version with the unlimited plan because of my extensive use of netflix and sling box while traveling. My work pretty much reimburses me for my mifi though so I'm not worried about the added costs. To be honest, if ipad was available in a verizon version, hands down I would get that, using the mifi is just as good as regular wifi, while 3G feels like cellular data.
     
  18. btrav13 macrumors 6502

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    I use the OverDrive as well. I haven't noticed any heat issues, as was stated earlier, but I can tell you that battery life is kind of low. I used mine during a meeting the other day and went about 4 hours with my MPB and iPad connected. Of course, I then just plugged it into my MBP and used it for the rest of the day, but if you have JUST your iPad with you then that isn't optional.
     
  19. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a

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    I use the Sprint Overdrive. The battery life is 3-4 hours streaming a Netflix video nonstop. The unit does get hot, but I would imagine the MiFi would too if it was in use for four straight hours.

    When I am in a 4G area, I get an average of 10mbps down. I think I get 6-7mbps up but I am not sure. It is as fast as my home network when browsing, and I have 21 down at home.
     
  20. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Question. I will be traveling to the states for about 10 days in a couple of months. A new Verizon MiFi without contract is around $269.

    I was thinking of using eBay for as an alternative source like this listing:

    Verizon Mifi on eBay.

    Would this be a good solution?

    In other words, purchase a Verizon MiFi from eBay, then upon reaching the states activate it for a month (or shortest time possible to cover my trip).

    Has anybody purchased a Verizon MiFi from eBay? If so, any issues?
     
  21. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Bad solution at this point. virgin will be selling them for $149 and then all prepaid foR the data. Probably the same price of their current USB stick plans that are sold at best buy.

    Of course, I shall forgive you for the bad solution thought, i just read this on engadget! LOL!

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/23/virgin-mobile-launching-prepaid-mifi-next-week/
     
  22. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    I'm using a Verizon MiFi on a (grandfathered) truly unlimited plan. I use it daily with my iPad, iPhone and my MBP, as well as sharing the connection with 3-4 colleagues as well. It works very well.
     
  23. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    My setup is similar: CradlePoint PHS-350 + Virgin USB modem on Broadband2Go (pay-as-you-go). Supports up to 5 users. Worked like a charm on our vacation in Maui and non-free WiFi airports. My wife uses it every day on our commute to and from work.
     
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    Hmm... Interesting. Thanks for the info.

    Now to figure who has better coverage in fly-over land.
     

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