Verizon AirCard vs iPhone as hotspot

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by snowwing, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. snowwing macrumors member

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    I currently use a Verizon aircard, USB760 with a wireless router when we are using our motorhome and don't come close to using the 5 gigs allowed. Should I assume, if I switched to Verizon's iPhone that my data speeds would be identicle?
    We currently have Verizon wireless phone service and like it. I could probably save quite a bit of money if I combined the service with iPhone providing Verizon's data plans are not outrageous..
    Most of my aircard use is not close to a major city. Any thoughts?
    Thanks
    Ron
     
  2. 1999ncsu macrumors newbie

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    You won't be able to talk on the phone and use the data at the same time. It is up to you to determine if this is a deal breaker.

    It would drain the battery, so I would keep it plugged in.

    I don't have a motor home, but I have done this tailgating with verizon and a droid incredible. Worked just fine, but I don't spend a whole lot of time talking on the phone.
     
  3. Looon macrumors 6502a

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  4. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    I wouldn't assume this. You never know, the iPhone may add some additional latency. I'd bet you could turn it on for a month, test and then turn it back off if you don't like the results.
     
  5. jbro1999 macrumors regular

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    I would do it.

    I have the verizon aircard from work for my home PC. (don't have the internet.) But since AT&T speeds are faster where I live, I haven't used my aircard in 5 months. I use my iPhone (jailbroken) as a hot spot and it is very easy to do.
     
  6. secondhandloser macrumors member

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    Agreed-- the iPhone will almost certainly add latency. It may not be huge, but especially in areas without top notch service, you will notice a slower overall connection via the phone.
     
  7. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Of course, all this being said...the money savings may be worth it.

    Just have to test and see if you can live with the results in exchange for the savings.
     

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