Should I get the 3G iPad or tether?
So I purchased a 32 GB WiFi iPad 2 when they were released and now need to access the Internet on it due to my new job when I am on the go. The apple store said they would exchange my current model for a 3G model but I am not sure what to do.
Should I exchange the iPad or loose my unlimited data on the iPhone and get a tethering plan?
What's the better option and what's the cheaper option?
Thanks for the help!
- 04-26-2011, 07:57 PM #2
- 04-26-2011, 08:46 PM #3
Really depends on how your carrier is like. Most of the Canadian carriers now include tethering as part of their newer data plans, so it'd be kinda dumb to pay for another data plan just for a tablet if you're trying to save a few bucks.
If you're in the States, sorry I'm not exactly sure how the American carriers' plans are.
- 04-26-2011, 08:57 PM #4iMore Intermediate
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Your budget and needs will determine the cheaper and better issues you brought up.
I was just evaluating both Apple offerings and the Motorola Xoom for projects and got WiFi only for my personal purchase and have no regrets because I'll not be without a phone with hotspot or tether option.
Some I know are opting for WiFi only and the 4G MiFi from Verizon because it will server other devices.
Have fun shopping.
- 04-26-2011, 09:29 PM #5
Really all depends on your need, if need the 3G very much, after all it do favor to your job, then exchange.
But I wonder if the wifi iPad 2 also can turn to 3G by using some tool, as I read in iFunia iPad column that can "turn iPad WiFi into 3G" with MyWi Mobile Hotspot App and other apps.
- 04-26-2011, 09:35 PM #6
- 04-26-2011, 09:42 PM #7
- 04-27-2011, 01:12 AM #8
- 04-27-2011, 08:03 AM #9
Tethering is cheaper by 5 dollars a month. Some things can be better since you're on wifi. You can use facetime or take advantage of other things that are limited over 3G such as download size. There's also a possibility of LTE or "4G" in the fall for iphone which of course could mean faster tethering.
An ipad 3G has advantages too though. Part of the appeal is instant on. No need to turn on tethering and wait for connection. No worries about that connection dropping. It gives you GPS if needed. And since your connected like an iphone, you could take advantage of always being connected. Certain apps need this connectivity such as voip, google voice, etc. And your iphone battery won't take a beating (seems like iOS updates give it enough of a beating).
IMO, if you plan on using the ipad a lot away from home, get the 3G ipad.
- 04-27-2011, 12:37 PM #10
I first regret that I didn't get the 3G model. But the more I use it, the more I realize majority of the places where I use my iPad has a Wifi conneciton available. I take my ipad with me to most places I go but never out in use while I'm moving around IE. driving or walking.
Also you have to pay good $35+ a month that would go to waste if you don't fully use it.
- 04-29-2011, 08:06 PM #11
Your carrier's site can answer your cheaper question since they're the ones you're getting the data plan from.
Last edited by briareus; 04-29-2011 at 08:15 PM.
- 04-30-2011, 02:03 PM #12
I have thought about this issue quite a bit.
I actually purchased and returned 2 3G modems early in the year, the idea was to be able to set the modem on a window sill or even out of doors to pick up a stronger signal. That worked well by the way. I decided on a Thunderbolt with tethering so I may be indoors and have the Tbolt out in a work bay, plugged in transmitting away, that works quite well. The problem there is that your phone is away from you if a call comes in. Maybe bluetooth would fill in the distance and with the voice command feature one may still take and make calls. I'm just getting into using the voice command features. Currently I use my Touch4 to listen to streaming audio as I go about my work.When the iPad2 I have ordered arrives I will use it daily at work during lunch to do personal business and browse the "intertubes" while tethered to my phone.
If you are around great indoor coverage then built in 3G would be fine, but I desired flexibility.
- 05-01-2011, 12:01 AM #13
I've gotten the att 3g first gen iPad, and now I have the iPad 2 from Verizon. While I don't use it much, I like knowing that if I do, I won't have to do personal hotspot through my iPhone. Just seems like an annoying extra step. If you can afford it, I recommend the 3G iPad.
- 05-01-2011, 02:44 AM #14
I Got the 3G iPad for christmas, and used the 3G service for a while, but most of the time, wifi is available that I actually use the iPad. Think of it this way. Would you buy a rocket stick for your laptop? That is the same answer as "do I want the 3G IPad?"
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- 05-02-2011, 06:46 PM #15
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- 05-06-2011, 11:30 PM #17iPhone Newbie
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If tethering is free then it would be a non question. This is not the case with AT&T.
How many people is put off by the lack of unlimited data with iPad data plan (unless you are grandfathered)? I assume more people would go with 3G model if data is unlimited. Don't forget the GPS functionality with 3G model as well.
- 05-07-2011, 01:12 PM #18
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- 05-23-2011, 06:29 PM #21iPhone Newbie
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I opted for the wifi only since most places you go to these days have free wifi and I have wifi at the house as well. If I need to I can always tether with my jail broken Verizon iPhone 4. I saved a lot of money with the wifi only vs the 3G version. The choice is yours. If you think you'll get your money's worth out of it then go with the 3G.