When will Apple add 3G to their Laptops?

xlii

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When will Apple add 3G to their Laptops? With the iPad getting it, it just seems like a very useful feature to me. It could use the same unlimited plan as the iPad for $30. Go anywhere computing. For those of use that live out in the country the only wifi we have access to is in our own homes. Maybe this is why the MBP line hasn't been updated yet. Does anyone agree?
 

xlii

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Hmac

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5GBytes for $60 a month. iPad is unlimited for $30 a month. iPad had an internal card. The $60 plan used an external dongle. At some point I think Apple will offer a laptop internal card just like the iPad's.
Maybe. But the fact that 3G wireless solutions for laptops already exist, the market is evaluate-able, and we haven't seen it yet (except for one or two netbooks) means that I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for either built-in 3G, or iPad pricing.
 

smoked

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Maybe. But the fact that 3G wireless solutions for laptops already exist, the market is evaluate-able, and we haven't seen it yet (except for one or two netbooks) means that I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for either built-in 3G, or iPad pricing.
Actually a few years ago when I was forced to work on PC laptops, the Dells we had came with built-in 3G chips. Maybe they just aren't that popular to be tied into a laptop due to the typically short lifespan of laptops, and people prefer either a card that can be transferred or the new MiFi's (or phone tethers) that can more easily shared among multiple devices...
 

psingh01

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I use 3G with my MBP via Sprint usb modem. I much prefer this because I can move my modem to any of my other computers and use it or plug it into a 3g router and share the connection. I don't like the idea of having to pay a subscription for each of my devices.
 

Gen

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5GBytes for $60 a month. iPad is unlimited for $30 a month. iPad had an internal card. The $60 plan used an external dongle. At some point I think Apple will offer a laptop internal card just like the iPad's.
iPad's unlimited plan has a 5gb cap anyway, so its essentially the same thing.

However, at $30 it is a steal.
 

Comma

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iPad's unlimited plan has a 5gb cap anyway, so its essentially the same thing.

However, at $30 it is a steal.
You can't really torrent or do big downloads on an iPad, so unlimited isn't really much...
 

l.a.rossmann

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They haven't even added an expresscard slot so you can add 3G to them yourselves. I don't think it'll be until 2020 or so that they'll get the idea that a lot of people want a $1200 machine to have basic wireless & expansion functionality.

Then again, 90% of the purchasers just want to web browse and use iTunes, so I sincerely doubt this will ever even effect their bottom line.
 

Dontdothat317

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My windows mobile phone(s) for the past several years have been able to tether to my macbook pro and ipod touch with zero issues via wifi or bluetooth :D

If you have a windows mobile phone, check out WMWifiRouter.

AT&T's 50$ plan that gives unlimited internet and unlimited SMS/MMS is an AWESOME deal if you tether, text and send MMS alot. So in case you don't have an Iphone, a 3G chip built in would be useless. I'd MUCH rather see Apple put AWESOME dedicated graphics chips in their laptops to compliment the power saving integrated card..
 

reebzor

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I doubt they will do it anytime soon, especially since the ipad release. Apple doesn't make devices that replace functionality of it's other devices. So Apple's philosophy on the subject would likely be: "If you want a mobile internet browsing device with 3g, get an iPhone- If you rather have a bigger screen and don't need phone features, then buy an iPad."
 

TheWelshBoyo

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Hope you haven't been living under a rock. In the US, all unlimited 3G data are capped at 5GB, check the fine print.
Holy crap. That's about as half as good as my previous HOME broadband package, here in the UK. My cap was 13GB, but they got very annoyed after 10GB a month and slowed me down. Thankfully, they've now switched and gone straight to proper actual unlimited data usage, but that hasn't come without its downsides. I have to put up with traffic shaping, which effectively means I can't torrent during the day.
 

buddy1065

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$30 per month UM-limited 3G in a MBA would be totally awesome even with a 5GB cap. If I did not have an iPhone that tethers wirelessly I would go for it. $50-$60 PER MONTH is not cool.

But since I do have an iPhone that tethers wirelessly I would get a next version MBA if Apple finally gets around to it before the Sony Z arrives. Either way it's all good...:D
 

Hmac

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I haven't seen references to a 5 GB cap.

AT&T said:
We may, at our discretion, suspend your account if we believe your data usage is excessive, unusual or is better suited to another rate plan. If you are on a data plan that does not include a monthly MB/GB allowance and additional data usage rates, you agree that AT&T has the right to impose additional charges if you use more than 5 GB in a month; provided that, prior to the imposition of any additional charges, AT&T shall provide you with notice and you shall have the right to terminate your Service.
Not sure if they actually do implement that cap, or just reserve the right to do so.
 

jkreileder

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An integrated 3G modem would be nicer. External modems are just one more thing you have to carry with you. They also tend to stick out of a USB or whatever port which isn't always practical. (Actually, you can't use most 3G USB sticks on a MBA without an extension cable.)

Tethering via an iPhone is only a subpar solution too:
  • Via bluetooth drains the iPhone's battery. Also bandwidth is severely limited by Bluetooth.
  • Via USB is even more clumsy than a USB stick. And bandwitdh is still limited by the iPhone's modem (especially upstream)