Would an iPad work out in the boondocks?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Robin4, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Robin4 macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    This is a college town. This kid has been unable to find a job after trying so very hard. He plans to move back to Virginia and live with his parents. He is devastated and very depressed. He says he won't be able to talk to his girlfriend, look for other jobs outside of that area, etc. as cell phones don't work well. She is in Seattle. His Internet, if any, might be dial up.

    I was going to suggest a 3G iPad so he could use Skype but I don't want to give him false hope. Would it work?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If cell phones don't work well a 3G iPad won't either.
  3. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  4. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Name of the town? We can take a look at cell coverage by carriers. If 3G doesn't work on a carrier for the iPad, perhaps there is a carrier that does provide service for cell phones and he can get a portable wifi device to use with the iPad. At any rate, a long distance relationship from Virginia to Seattle by a kid without money and spotty connections is not a recipe for success. I don't know how the iPad will help here...
  5. Robin4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
  6. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    att says it has coverage. maybe he ought to call around and see what is possible. they are constantly putting up new towers, so things change pretty rapidly.
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Long distance isn't going to work out well unless you've been together for awhile and plans to meet up regularly. No money: difficult.

    Check the major carriers for coverage. A person can test drive them for 30 days typically.

    VoIP probably won't work well over modem. But that means there's a landline (probably expensive long distance though).

    No DSL / Cable / FIOS? There might be DSL.

    Job: there are always jobs somewhere.
  8. Robin4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    Thanks, this info will at least give him some hope. He'll research it when he gets there.
  9. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    I hope things get better for him. I don't know if the iPad will help much, but perhaps it will lead to something cool, like maybe a job writing apps :)
  10. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    My husband is in Iraq and has pretty bad Internet access. I travel a lot. We use Skype everyday. If you do not use the video portion (audio only) your connection doesn't have to be very good to work. Last month I was traveling and we talked everyday for 6 days. 20 - 40 mins a day and I was on 3G. I used less than 100M of data. On days when I'm on wifi and he has a good connection we use the video too.

    Of course, Skype can be used on just about any computer, not just iPads.
  11. Robin4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    Thanks for the info.

    Also, please thank your husband on my behalf.
  12. pintamino macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
  13. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    This may be crazy talk but if he's unemployed and living with his parents maybe he shouldn't be spending hundreds of dollars on an iPad.
  14. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  15. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    What kind of home phone plan do they have. I have ATT and pay $70ish per month, which includes unlimited local and long distance within the US plus DSL Internet, and unlimited access to ATT wifi public network.

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