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  • iPad with Verizon MiFi: Why Pay More?


    With the iPad nearing its long awaited launch but initially without 3G capability, Verizon is getting ready for what it sees as "an opportunity" to sell 3G contracts to new iPad users. A purported internal sales memo that was posted on Engadget today details Verizon's plan to sell its MiFi mobile hotspot product to iPad users. While the idea seems absurd on its face - Verizon's data plan costs far more than AT&T's special iPad rate, and has lower caps - there are some benefits, especially for users longing to be free from AT&T.

    The memo's talking points include the fact that the 3G iPad won't go on sale until late next month (though the schedule for the WiFi iPad has already slipped). Verizon also notes that the 3G option adds $130 to the iPad's cost, and repeats the standard "overloaded network with limited coverage" slam. They're entitled, whatever. However, Verizon's MiFi 2200 costs $250, or $50 if you want to go with a two-year contract. The AT&T deal doesn't require a contract, and you get 250MB of data for $15 a month and unlimited for $30. Verizon charges you $40 for up to 250MB, or $60 for 5GB cap, and there's no all-you-can-eat option. If the choice is between that or just waiting a month, it seems like a no-brainer.

    Or is it?

    One significant difference is that the MiFi can let up to 5 devices connect at once: while your iPad will just be sitting there being an iPad, a MiFi user can be using his iPad or his netbook or his DSi. Or all of them. So you do get more bang for the many more bucks you'll pay for Verizon. Plus, if the doomsayers are right and the coming of the iPad leads to 3Gmageddon, you'd be better off with the largest wireless carrier in the US.

    Additionally, Verizon is said to be a year ahead of AT&T in its planned move to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. From recent speed trials in Boston and Seattle, Verizon is claiming 40 to 50 megabit per second downloads with peak uploads in the 20 to 25 Mbps range. These are not numbers you'll see in the real world, of course: normal LTE data rates will be more like 5-12 Mbps downstream and 2 to 5 Mbps upstream. However, the possibility of mobile broadband at cable modem speeds may be one compelling reason for users to pass on integrated 3G with their iPads. Look at it this way: you can get a cheaper iPad and upgrade your MiFi to an LTE-compatible unit when the time comes, or you can be stuck with AT&T-only 3G for the life of your iPad.

    So could paying Verizon for 3G be an idea so stupid that it actually makes sense?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad with Verizon MiFi: Why Pay More? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Fantastic! This brings hope for a future Verizon iPhone!

      ...or does it?
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      wifi version with mywi is all anyone needs imo
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      Oh Apple, what will they think of next?! /sarcasm
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I doubt LTE will be as broad in coverage in the lifespan of this iPad (which is 1 year as a newer model will surely be released next year).

      Also, the idea of using MyWi with the iPad isn't necessarily a good reason to get the Wifi-only iPad. MyWi eats up battery fast, and with the iPad's long lasting battery, using MyWi will limit you (once again) to the iPhone's craptacular battery life.

      I've been through all the pros and cons and even though the SMARTEST and CHEAPER move would be to simply wait for the next model of the iPad - I'm going to be getting the 3G-enabled iPad as soon as it is released.

      On the other hand, if you're someone who doesn't do a lot of downloading, simply web surf, email, social network, etc., and MAYBE the occasional music download - then getting MiFi would be a good idea as a replacement for not only your mobile internet, but your home internet as well. THAT should be the pitch Verizon should go for.
    1. mastaryan's Avatar
      mastaryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by gthugballin View Post
      wifi version with mywi is all anyone needs imo
      ^^ Agreed! ^^

      I like the idea of the version mifi as a coworker has one and its great while we are out on audits. However the 5GB cap when multiple users are using it runs up quick. I use 3GB monthly on my iphone and probably will increase now with mywi program! It'll be interesting to see what users say when these products come out. In the mean time I'll just drool over the ipad and wait for the ipad 2 to come out.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I will stick with MyWi
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      i been using my VZW Palm Pre plus with an app called mytether similar to MyWi. Since i left At&t i just use my 3gs as an ipod touch and its been working great.

      Now im gonna sell it and pick up the ipad instead and use my current 30 dollar data plan. Works for me.
    1. BBeh's Avatar
      BBeh -
      Android WiFi tethering + wifi iPad = perfect for the rare occasion I'm not around wifi.
    1. monadzback's Avatar
      monadzback -
      I like the Uk fan. Big game Friday and saturday!
    1. jedinight's Avatar
      jedinight -
      ya i hopped on this idea last month.i bought 3 mifi's..oh and they can do way more than 5 machines!!!simpley download the config.xml to ur machine and mod to ur liking.u can change 5 clients to 50 or more,also u can change it where ur machine can charge via usb and still ur wifi will remain broadcasted!!stock it shuts wifi of to use the mifi as a standard usb aircard LAME!!!
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Verizon sucks! And their EVDO (3G) is soooooo slow. Sprint and it's cheap prices and 4G mobile hotspot FTW!
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I will stick with MyWi
      im with you
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      "Look at it this way: you can get a cheaper iPad and upgrade your MiFi to an LTE-compatible unit when the time comes, or you can be stuck with AT&T-only 3G for the life of your iPad."

      Not like you couldn't get the 3G iPad, use AT&T's 3G and wait for Verizon's 4G to come out in your area, and stop paying AT&T since, you know, there's no contract, and get a 4G MiFi.

      I swear this is one of the stupidest articles I've read here. Unless you don't get AT&T 3G in your area or you have a use for a MiFi other than for just the iPad, you'd be stupid to pick the MiFi over 3G iPad.

      Me, I'm not getting another iPad. Already have the iPad nano and that works great for me.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      i was thinking 3G version but i think ima go with the wifi

      i have 3GS and can tether it so...
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gthugballin View Post
      wifi version with mywi is all anyone needs imo
      Couldn't agree more! MyWi is the way to go. I use it for my laptop when i need internet. Works great.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Nice article. The only thing that sticks out is that you would have to hedge your bets on an unproven LTE network. Their 3G network is lame enough already even though it is wider spread than the competition. I don't see LTE being a true game player until 2013-2014.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      "Look at it this way: you can get a cheaper iPad and upgrade your MiFi to an LTE-compatible unit when the time comes, or you can be stuck with AT&T-only 3G for the life of your iPad."

      Not like you couldn't get the 3G iPad, use AT&T's 3G and wait for Verizon's 4G to come out in your area, and stop paying AT&T since, you know, there's no contract, and get a 4G MiFi.

      I swear this is one of the stupidest articles I've read here. Unless you don't get AT&T 3G in your area or you have a use for a MiFi other than for just the iPad, you'd be stupid to pick the MiFi over 3G iPad.

      Me, I'm not getting another iPad. Already have the iPad nano and that works great for me.
      How's it a stupid article? Just because it doesn't work for you doesn't mean that it's stupid. I wouldn't go to verizon for data because my connection here is great but for the few that are with them it would prob work out.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      ok so i dont want to pay for 3G on an iPad now since i have a 3GS which i can do the same thing the MiFi does and the 3G iPad...with my iPhone....save an extra 30 a month thank u very much apple...well dev team for letting me jailbreak and who ever made mywi
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by gthugballin View Post
      wifi version with mywi is all anyone needs imo
      ..except that the wifi version doesn't have 3G, which would make MyWi useless, now wouldn't it?
    1. Mp3's Avatar
      Mp3 -
      ^^

      He is talking about tethering his iphone to his ipad.

      I am kind of thinking about getting the ipad 3g and installing mywi on it and canceling my cable internet. The speeds are pretty good at my house and it would save me $15 a month.