Use iPad on Verizon Wireless for free

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  1. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    If you order the iPad with 3G and you already have wireless service with Verizon and don't want to pay extra for AT&T, you can use a program called PDANET and "tether" for free. That means you can get high speed internet anywhere there is a signal. And since it's tethered with no root access required, you are not limited to 5gb per month. It is unlimited. I use this with my Droid and it works perfectly. And I pay nothing for it beyond the $30 data charge every month. Verizon wanted me to pay $59 a month plus a host of insane taxes for accessing 5GB of data usage monthly. Forget that.

    I don't think the current generation iPhone is tether capable so all of you iPhone carriers are out of luck. Perhaps the new iPhone coming out will allow for it.
     
  2. IronLogik macrumors 6502

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    actually the current iPhone is completely tetherable. It's built into iPhone OS 3.0. You can purchase tethering plans from several providers around the globe. AT&T doesn't officially allow you to and don't have any plans that you can purchase to do so.

    I believe there are hacks that allow you to enable tethering still, but I haven't kept up with it.
     
  3. wingnut8 macrumors 65816

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    I could be wrong, but I don't think you'd need the 3G to tether.
     
  4. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

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    No ****?

    Sent from my MacBook Pro tethered via my iPhone 3GS
     
  5. JMB1911 macrumors regular

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    30 second jailbreak and the MYWI app and you can tether the iPad and iPhone like a champion.

    That is why I am not getting the 3G...don't need to. Also, my tether set-up will work on edge when there is no 3G around.
     
  6. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

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    So how will this work with the ipad? In order to tether a laptop to a verizon phone, don't you have to install PDAnet on the laptop? Well, we can't exactly install that on the ipad, eh? Or is there another way?

    EDIT: ok, it requires a jailbreak. Was posting at the same time as the previous poster.
     
  7. Surely Guest

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    Why would you need the 3G version to tether it to an iPhone?

    Answer: You wouldn't.
     
  8. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

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    There are Apps to make the iPhone basically a little MiFi, sending out a WiFi signal. That's what I plan to use with my iPad, no sense in paying another $30 when I already pay for a device I always have with me.
     
  9. ArcAngel66 macrumors regular

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    1) The iPad won't be jailbreakable for a while... and even when it is, it'll be another while before there's solid software for it including tether-ability.

    2) It'll be a lot less awkward to just have the 3g version. Sure its $15 more a month, but you don't have to lug a stupid cable around everywhere... jailbreak your iPad... risk getting huge service charges from AT&T... you actually will have a phone to use while using your iPad (tethering temporarily "disables" your iPhone from its normal use right?)... etc

    3) The iPad 3G will work over edge too...


    I just hope AT&T allows downloads over 10mb on the iPad via 3G... they might, who knows... it's getting annoying considering most Apps are over that now-a-days.
     
  10. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

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    That sounds like the way to go. I have an android phone, but I'm guessing there's a similar app for android, so I'll go that route, which means it will work with the ipad even if there's no jailbreak available. Nice.
     
  11. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

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    Refer to my previous post.
     
  12. JMB1911 macrumors regular

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    Sorry, I meant that you jailbreak the iPhone, not the iPad. Jailbreak the phone, get mywi, and you are good to go.:)
     
  13. baypharm thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You install PDANET on both the wireless phone you are using and the iPad. Then you simply connect the phone to the iPad via USB and blast off. In fact, you can install PDANET via your phone. I am not familiar with AT&T wireless network - I use Verizon. I am tethering now as I write this on my MBP. I have PDANET installed on my MBP and of course the phone. No need to worry about 5GB limits anymore.
     
  14. baypharm thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Actually wingnut8 - you are correct. I should have done more research before I posted. Yes, there is no need to order the 3G version if you wish to tether using PDANET. Thanks for the input!
     
  15. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    It's not certain whether PDANet will work with the iPad. We don't know if there will be any ability to create/modify networks or have the iPad and a smartphone "talk" to each other in the way that a MBP and iPhone do. Using PDANet wirelessly requires creating a Bluetooth DUN, IIRC, which is probably not possible with an iPad.

    The best way to get "free" 3G on the iPad is to create a wireless hotspot with your phone. I'm able to do this with my Droid, but it does requiring rooting in order to run the app.
     
  16. LadyHoneyBabe macrumors 6502

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    How to Install - version 1.60 ( Update History )

    Apple has not accepted PdaNet into the App Store due to understandable reason. You will need to jailbreak your iPhone and install it through Cydia.

    To use WiFi mode you do not need anything installed on the computer end. To use USB mode, download the desktop client on Mac or Windows.

    If you have installed PdaNet, we strongly recommend you follow the latest PdaNet updates at Twitter so that you will know when it is safe to update your iPhone OS or iTunes.
     
  17. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    Or I can use MiWi on my iPhone for free. No reason to use Verizon.
     
  18. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    iPad wifi + Verizon Motorola Droid (rooted with wifi tethering enabled).

    That's my solution.
     
  19. GadgetX macrumors regular

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    MiWi costs $10 IIRC which isn't free but is a lot cheaper than $30 a month

    Good luck trying to get PDANET on your iPad :D
     
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  21. bluehaze013 macrumors 6502

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    Nexus One (Android) with Native Wi-Fi tethering app. I've always got my phone on me and an extra battery in my bag for those heavy use days. It would be pretty silly to pay extra for a 3g ipad and then pay extra for another 3g service when I already have 3g on my phone!
     

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