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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. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      ..except that the wifi version doesn't have 3G, which would make MyWi useless, now wouldn't it?

      smarty guy, u dont need 3G on the ipad to use MyWi from ur iPhone to tether it...not MyWi on his iPad...we cant even jailbreak it yet
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      if it costs more, i guess i will put up with att a bit longer....
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      So I'm guessing you all that are planning on using MyWi has some kind of super battery on your iPhone?
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      So I'm guessing you all that are planning on using MyWi has some kind of super battery on your iPhone?
      Its called a charger.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Yea I'll stick with mywi as well, verizon is just desperate and pathetic. Its pretty obvious that the verizon high ups masturbate to the iPhone every night.
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      ok in order to use mywi , which hardware needs to be jailbroken , the iphone or the ipad or both?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Just the phone
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Just the phone
      wow thanks then im all set since we all need to take our phone with us anywhere we go anyway
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Only downside is using up your phones battery but it's better than paying $30 a month
    1. 3G4Gexpert's Avatar
      3G4Gexpert -
      The 3G version of the iPad will be locked to AT&T's network, which doesn't even compare to the 3G coverage that Verizon has. iPad 3G owners would have to pay $30/mo for a data plan that can only be used on the iPad.

      I would recommend getting a Verizon MiFi, which will provide better 3G coverage, on a more reliable 3G network. Not to mention you can connect up to 5 devices at a time to the MiFi.

      3Gstore just announced a No Contract MiFi Option for iPad for only $49.95/mo

      3gstore.com/lease
    1. br8thw8's Avatar
      br8thw8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NessLookAlike View Post
      Its called a charger.
      Don't forget the really long extension cord!

      Quote Originally Posted by 3G4Gexpert View Post
      The 3G version of the iPad will be locked to AT&T's network, which doesn't even compare to the 3G coverage that Verizon has. iPad 3G owners would have to pay $30/mo for a data plan that can only be used on the iPad.

      I would recommend getting a Verizon MiFi, which will provide better 3G coverage, on a more reliable 3G network. Not to mention you can connect up to 5 devices at a time to the MiFi.

      3Gstore just announced a No Contract MiFi Option for iPad for only $49.95/mo

      3gstore.com/lease
      I'm still having an issue with the 5GB limit. The overage charge is 7 cents per MB, which is $70 per Gig!
      Wait until you start streaming video and see how fast you eat up some gigs! It's fine for hooking up your phone since I don't watch a lot of vid on it. But this iPad was built for viewing vid! I have to go with the $30 unlimited plan from AT&T. Verizon and Sprint gotta go unlimited and bring their price down.
    1. Buddy17's Avatar
      Buddy17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 3G4Gexpert View Post
      The 3G version of the iPad will be locked to AT&T's network, which doesn't even compare to the 3G coverage that Verizon has. iPad 3G owners would have to pay $30/mo for a data plan that can only be used on the iPad.

      I would recommend getting a Verizon MiFi, which will provide better 3G coverage, on a more reliable 3G network. Not to mention you can connect up to 5 devices at a time to the MiFi.

      3Gstore just announced a No Contract MiFi Option for iPad for only $49.95/mo

      3gstore.com/lease
      too bad you are wrong.....3G version is NOT locked to ATT. Tmobile sim (with a data plan) can be cut down and used in the micro sim of the ipad right out of the box.

      And yeah...great thinking. Since you can connect 5 devices it is TOTALLY worth it. I'll stick to a much more reliable broadband connection at home, and for traveling, how could you ever need more than one device at a time??
    1. techismylife's Avatar
      techismylife -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post


      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?
      I just got my Ipad , I was looking for internet service to connect on the road to and I wanted to go with Verizon sorry AT&T but Verizon has coverage everywhere, I found a great deal for Verizon and its even called Verizon49, I got my data card and service from http://3gstore.com/lease Here is the kicker 3gstore.com offered me the data service with no contract no credit checks, and on the Verizon Wireless Network for $49.99 that is lower than buying from Verizon itself, It's one of the lowest price out in the market and now I am able to connect, Oh yeah....
    1. Harambur's Avatar
      Harambur -
      I agree, WIFI with MYWI. The article suggest that you can't use a 3G IPAD with WIFI, which is not correct.

      But even with that being said, I'm thinking of jailbreaking it and selling my IPAD for a profit and then picking up the 3G version, just to have it there in case I ever needed.

      Phone falls into toilet, phone breaks, phone gets stolen, phone gets lost, etc.

      A backup with 3G would be nice. We'll see. I am kind of lazy to go through the trouble of selling it.