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rlb1, Apr 13, 7:18pm
I am trying to decide if I should purchase an iPad with 3G or not. I have heard that mobil internet access is not used alot my the average person. What is the cost of 3G! You pay an extra $200 approx when purchasing the iPad with 3G and also the ongiong cost of using 3G. I don't want to buy a Wi-fi only model and end up wishing I had spent the extra for the 3G. Help!

patxyz, Apr 13, 7:23pm
Do you think you will need internet access while you are out and about!

Do you have a smartphone that you could use as a '3g access point'!


everglade4fun, Apr 13, 7:25pm
If you can afford the extra it is worth it. You dont need it connected on a plan each month. Just get a microsim card and top up when you go away or think you are going to use it if that makes sense! If there is no credit in there then it cant take it. A bit like a prepaid plan with a cell phone.i take mine whEn we go away and connect it then only.

vtecintegra, Apr 14, 12:27am
If its only ocassional use you are much better off tethering to a smart phone - you can just about buy a basic model with the $200 you save by buying the wifi only iPad

massived, Apr 14, 1:53am
If you have Wireless Internet at home and intend to mainly use your iPad around the home then, nope. If you intend to use out and about and to access the Web while away from home, then yes.

carlie, Apr 14, 9:38pm
I bought a 3G model and havnt used the 3G at all. I got free data on my cell phone plan so use that instead. My cellphone basically turns into the wireless modern required to use the wifi on the iPad.

shagged, Apr 14, 9:42pm
I was thinking the same thing when I was buying my ipad. I ended up getting the 3G model only because I knew if I didn't I would regret it.

_sms_, Apr 14, 10:57pm
Yeah if you're going to waste money on an iPad, why not waste $200 more.

acura, Apr 15, 12:13am
Also i think GPS receivers are part of the 3G module. i believe that's the case with the ipad2 not sure about the ipad3.

deecee2, Apr 15, 5:03am
I bought the ipad without the 3g and regret it now as for so many apps need you need to be online while out and about e.g. Navman.vtechintegra, I'd be very interested to know how I can tether my ipad to a smart phone please!Sorry, I don't currently have a smart phone, so this is a genuine question.

gardie, Apr 15, 5:10am
We decided against it.Most places you go these days have wireless internet you can tap into (legally, of course) and the 3G network is quite expensive (even for your phones IMO).An ipad (unless sitting on your partners lap) is too big to use as a navman anyway.

neillo1, Apr 15, 5:40am
+1
I see this being talked about but don't really understand.

acura, Apr 15, 5:45am
Tethering is where you setup your phone as a wireless access point - doing this you can allow another device (eg an ipad) to connect to your and access the net via you data connection to your telco provider. This can be done with android and iPhones (depends on the OS release in both cases).

acura, Apr 15, 5:48am
With an iPhone thethering to an iPad this also passes GPS location from the iPhone to the iPad apparently. I have tried this with my android phone to the iPad. I'm unsure about GPS locations being passes on. Reception at my place is not the best - so inconclusive at this stage IMO.

neillo1, Apr 15, 5:50am
OK - kind of understand. So whose data do you use!

acura, Apr 15, 5:52am
Data! As in 3G data or faster. As in the data network you use on your cellphone to access the Internet from your phone. Make sense!

neillo1, Apr 15, 6:26am
I see - so your phone basically acts as a kind of proxy for your normal internet connection.

dunedin_ree, Apr 15, 6:32am
No, not really.Your iPad uses/shares your phone's internet (mobile internet, 3G, whatever you want to call it) connection.

neillo1, Apr 15, 6:55am
So is it your phone's connection to your internet then!

deecee2, Apr 15, 7:18am
Thank you, I understand now.

dunedin_ree, Apr 15, 7:22am
You keep saying "your internet".

You have to understand that we are not talking about your home broadband/dialup.We're talking about your phone's 3g/mobile internet connection.

kimbo24, Apr 15, 7:38am
what if you haven't got an Iphone. Can you still play games on an Ipad if you don't have 3G eg out watching cricket in a field

neillo1, Apr 15, 7:38am
OK - was confused by # 13. So just using your phone's internet connection then. Simple.

dunedin_ree, Apr 15, 7:39am
How is watching cricket in a field (which sounds like streaming video) the same as playing a game!

kimbo24, Apr 15, 7:44am
what I was saying is.if i take an Ipad without 3g out and about and my child wants to play games on it will it be all tickety Boo!

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