1. mfc1986's Avatar
    Hi

    About to purchase Ipad and not sure whether to pay the extra 100 for 3G version. Plus the additional cost of contract for data.

    What I need to know is,

    I have USB mobile dongle on the 3 network which is supplied by my works, if I buy the non 3G version will I be able to use the USB mobile dongle?

    Thanks in anticipation
    10-05-2010 09:30 AM
  2. swooshme's Avatar
    The iPad doesn't have a USB port on it, so my guess is you would not be able to use the USB Mobile Dongle with it.
    10-05-2010 11:04 AM
  3. cjvitek's Avatar
    I would go with the 3G, just so you have it if wifi is not available. You don't have to activate the 3G network until you need it, so just keeping it inactive means you won't pay any extra for data.
    10-05-2010 11:49 AM
  4. AnimalMD's Avatar
    Are people finding they are going over the cap without unlimited?
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    10-05-2010 01:30 PM
  5. Rudolphe's Avatar
    I just tether from my droid x on verizon. No extra 100 for the iPad and no extra 30 per mo for data. Plus it's unlimited... Can't go wrong.
    10-05-2010 01:44 PM
  6. jjjwicks's Avatar
    I had the WiFi only version and took it back as soon as the 3G became available. When I have free time and use my iPad, I do not want to have to look for a hotspot. World of difference.
    10-05-2010 07:52 PM
  7. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    I would get a wifi only model, and then get one of those mifi devices. You may spend a bit, but you have more choice if you do not want to use a GSM network.
    10-05-2010 08:11 PM
  8. Rudolphe's Avatar
    I would get a wifi only model, and then get one of those mifi devices. You may spend a bit, but you have more choice if you do not want to use a GSM network.
    Not spending anymore than you would if you paid for a 3G iPad plus data service for a year. I still say jailbreak/root + tether is the best way to go. Your using data services you already pay for and you don't have to carry an extra piece of gear.

    Edit: I can't see myself paying for Internet access three times over. Already pay for home net and phone net.
    10-05-2010 09:19 PM
  9. Slyfi's Avatar
    to put simply dont miss out on paying a few $100 now and not regretting it later on
    10-05-2010 09:28 PM
  10. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    Not spending anymore than you would if you paid for a 3G iPad plus data service for a year. I still say jailbreak/root + tether is the best way to go. Your using data services you already pay for and you don't have to carry an extra piece of gear.

    Edit: I can't see myself paying for Internet access three times over. Already pay for home net and phone net.
    Thats only if you dont like GSM service. Mifi runs on a lot of networks.
    Rudolphe likes this.
    10-05-2010 09:46 PM
  11. MobileMania's Avatar
    Like what I said on the thread that I started, I did regret not getting the 3g. Most of the time I am online and there are times I could not get through wi fi or worst, there is no wi fi around.
    10-06-2010 03:54 AM
  12. Rudolphe's Avatar
    Like what I said on the thread that I started, I did regret not getting the 3g. Most of the time I am online and there are times I could not get through wi fi or worst, there is no wi fi around.
    Then sell it on eBay or something and buy your 3G.
    10-06-2010 07:10 AM
  13. santiago's Avatar
    iPad doesn't have a USB port on it
    10-06-2010 05:46 PM
  14. santiago's Avatar
    go ebay buy 3G?! no!
    10-06-2010 05:47 PM
  15. Rudolphe's Avatar
    go ebay buy 3G?! no!
    No, im saying sell his existing one on ebay and go get a 3G.
    10-06-2010 06:00 PM
  16. MobileMania's Avatar
    No, im saying sell his existing one on ebay and go get a 3G.

    thanks for the suggestion. that is what i am doing. I have already ordered the 3g and it's on way to me as of this writing. I might just sell or give this iPad to my mom.
    10-07-2010 08:16 AM
  17. Taka13's Avatar
    I live in the states and I don't know what kind of deal Apple struck up for you guys on the other side of the pond but we get a contract free 3G when we purchase that particular iPad. I don't constantly use the 3G since I'm usually near a Wi-fi point but when I travel, that 3G capability really comes in handy. If you going to buy a high-caliber device such as the iPad, you might as well get all the pretty bells and whistles.
    10-13-2010 07:54 PM
  18. jerrydavid's Avatar
    I will choose 3G.
    10-13-2010 10:39 PM
  19. AlecH's Avatar
    Please also note that the 3G model has a built in GPS for the maps application, and other apps that can use your location info. The wifi model does not have GPS. No need to get a data package for the 3G model - you can use MyWi and use your iPhone as a hotspot.

    IPad 3G 64gb
    10-24-2010 11:05 PM
  20. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    Please also note that the 3G model has a built in GPS for the maps application, and other apps that can use your location info. The wifi model does not have GPS. No need to get a data package for the 3G model - you can use MyWi and use your iPhone as a hotspot.

    IPad 3G 64gb
    on my wifi iPad, you can double tap the location button and there is a GPS like feature. (The map turns to the direction I'm facing)
    10-25-2010 01:00 AM
  21. terpdog's Avatar
    I took back my 3G version mostly because if I'm carrying around my iPad I also have my cell phone which has a wifi hotspot and gps etc. The location update is the only thing that I found lacking with the wifi only option. You do have better battery life with the wifi version because no gps/3g. I also found that the 3G and wifi kept messing up ie. were not working/playing well together.
    10-25-2010 01:21 PM
  22. iPhone4iPad's Avatar
    Depends on your necessity.
    If you want internet with you everywhere go with 3G if not but you are in a area which always has wifi i would say then not to waste money adn just go for the wifi!
    Hope i helped
    10-28-2010 06:04 PM
  23. iRoo's Avatar
    I'm sure it's already been said by now, but I would personally go with the WiFi model (size is up to you) and use MyWi on your jail broken iPhone for data access wherever you go. The only downside is if you weren't able to grandfather your unlimited data plan in when you upgraded your iPhone. As long as you have unlimited data, you're golden (and saving a bunch of $$$).
    10-30-2010 08:22 PM
  24. Nebulosity's Avatar
    Good luck with the 3G. I love my wifi model but I'm sure you will love the 3G as well. I use mine at work and at home both of which have wifi so I didn't the 3G personally.
    11-01-2010 10:28 PM
  25. S. Darnell Alston's Avatar
    I would go with the 3G version. I replaced my wi-fi version with the 3g version and I love being able to go without carrying around a million other devices just to give it internet.
    11-02-2010 06:22 AM
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