No reason to buy a 3G?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gosabres1984, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. gosabres1984 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    I read on a site today that the new 4.3 iPhone 4 hotspot feature will allow you to tether your phone's 3G network to a WIFI only iPad this true? If so why spend the extra 130 bucks on a 3G model?
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    The 3G model has GPS. Also, I would rather not drain my iPhone battery by tethering.
  3. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
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    Regardless of whether or not that's true (and some people seem to be disputing it), the question is why get a 3G version when you now have Personal Hotspot on your iPhone?
  4. ukwildcat macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2009
    Maybe one doesn't have a phone with a hotspot capability.
  5. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2010
    Unless your by a charger how much time you think you can get by tethering. maybe 2.5 hours. Not alot if your on the road traveling.
  6. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    I'd rather jailbreak my iPad 3G over iPhone 4 for tethering. The iPad has a better 3G antenna.
  7. kevjen888 macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    3G is a must unless you never travel and only use the ipad at home or the corner coffee shop. i ordered the 3G version mainly for the purpose of using it at work to browse those NSFW sites :D.
  8. WoodrowCall macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2010
    Memphis, TN
    Also, the price difference between a tethering plan, $45, and the data plan, $25 I think. Also, the data plan is month-by-month, whereas the tethering plan is the same price regardless of any data use on the iPad 2.
  9. Durious macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    I'm visiting the U.S. Next week with my iPad 2 3G and since my iPhone is on a Canadian service provider it's far too costly to let it roam so in cases like this which happens 3-4 times a year having 3G is a must plus if I'm in an unfamiliar city I have quick map or gps access!
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Nice to see that your employers are getting their money's worth.:p
  11. zMacintoshz macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2010
    NY, FL
    i ordered a 64GB Wi-Fi+3G iPad2 and I own an iPhone 4 16GB. I went for the 3G iPad because i dont want to drain or waste my iphones battery, also what if my phone is dead and I'm traveling then i wouldn':apple::D:apple:t be able to connect to the internet.:apple::D:apple:
  12. secondcup macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2008
    Bingo! :)
  13. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    If you already have an iPhone, I think a 3G iPad is totally not worth it.
  14. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    i have the ipad with unlimited data and use it all the time for work and business...cant beat having info at your fingertips at all times
  15. jlyanks85 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2008
    I mainly use my ipad at home and school, where they both have wifi. I'm taking it with me when I go to disney world in july and nevada in august. I told my gf to add the 4 gig mobile hotspot plan just for those couple months so I can use the internet when I want to check mail and stuff, and go back to what she's been on when we get back.

    Since she doesn't have unlimited data like me, it's doesn't matter to her anymore switching data plans.

    So wifi only is perfect for me. I owned a 16 gig 3g for the 1st gen ipad and never turned on the 3g once. I bought it with the thought that "I might" use it eventually and never did. So the 130 bucks ended up being a waste.
  16. bluez3 macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2010
    you gotta consider if you have an iphone4 you are already paying $25 for 2gigs of data on the phone and the incremental for tethering is only an additional $20 vs. $25 for an ipad plan. you also get a bump to 4gigs shared across all devices.

    my figuring is why pay the $5 extra for 2gigs of data good only on the ipad, whereas you can save that, and have 4gigs to use on your phone, ipad or laptop.

    i'd still get the 3g model for the GPS.
  17. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
  18. manman macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    AT&T unlimited data plan, jb iPhone 4, and mywi. Makes both paid tethering and separate iPad data plan pointless, so for me yes 3G iPad is unnecessary. Also iPad 2 Jb will be public sooner than later so you'll be able to use the on demand extension to tether over bluetooth automatically and not drain battery.

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