router for 3g card?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by fleeper, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. fleeper macrumors 6502

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    Is there any kind of router I can put my iphone's 3g sim card into and have a wifi area? This would be like the verizon mifi. I would gladly purchase a mifi via AT&T if they offered it but they do not or at least they do not in my area.

    This way I could tether my iPad. I looked into jailbreaking my iphone but it is version 3.1.3 so jailbreaking looked bleak.

    Anyone else have a solution?

    Thanks much.
     
  2. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I'm ditching my AT&T 3G USB card for the MacBook and I'm gonna go with the MiFi.
    For the same price ($60) I will be able to connect my MacBook, iPad, and 3 other devices of my choice.

    If you have a laptop, I'd go the MiFi route..
     
  3. fleeper thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Shady,
    I might do that. But i am trying to find a workaround so that i don't pay for mobile internet twice.
     
  4. MazingerZ macrumors 6502

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    Search netgear....they have a wifi router where you can use a USB Modem as the internet link.
     
  5. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    You pay for it on the iPhone regardless so don't include that.
    The way I'm looking at it, right now I already pay for a AT&T USB 3G card. If i ditch that and pick up the MiFi, I will be still paying $60 but I will be able to connect my MacBook, iPad, and anything else that I want. With the USB card I am limited to one device and it must have USB so the AT&T card isn't even an option on the iPad.
    I don't know if I'm explaining it rightbut the bottom line is, I will still be paying $60 a month BUT now my iPad has free 3G pretty much.
     
  6. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Yes you can do this with an ATT USB 3G card and a cradlepoint router.
     
  7. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Tell us more :)
     
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  9. Croozin macrumors newbie

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    Alternative to Cradlepoint is a Zoom router.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=896272

    If your cost of switching to a MiFi is truly only $60 without a contract renewal, then both the Cradlepoint and Zoom will be more expensive. However they give more flexibility at the cost of larger size and an extra device.
     
  10. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    I can't believe netgear is charging 109.99 for that router! I saw it on onesaleaday for 19.99 last week!
     
  11. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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    How far away are you going to want to use your devices from the hotspot point? Keep in mind the mifi only has a 66 foot range.
     

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