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  • Sprint's WiMAX iPad Case


    AT&T's competitors are making pitches to WiFi-only iPad users, hoping to capitalize on years of complaints about the speed of AT&T's "overloaded" 3G network. Verizon is pushing its MiFi mobile hotspot to iPad owners, and now Sprint is getting into the game, offering a snazzy carrying case called the Sprint 4G Case for iPad that allows you to tote your tablet plus Sprint's Overdrive: a 3G/4G (if you consider WiMAX "4G") portable WiFi access point, for what the carrier promises is "way, way faster" data service in 27 cities in the US.

    Sprint executives told Forbes earlier this year that they saw devices like the iPad as a "Trojan horse" for their high-speed wireless network. Paget Alves, Sprint's president of Business Markets, said he hoped that people who want to "have the same experience as in Starbucks" while on the go would be willing to buy the Overdrive for $100 and pay $60 a month for data. They have a hard sell, though. Though the 3G version of the iPad will be about $130 more than the WiFi-only model, data charges are just $15 per month for up to 250 MB and $30 per month for unlimited amount of data, while both competitor's plans have data caps. Also Sprint's deal, like Verizon's, requires two-year commitments while the AT&T plan is month-to-month.

    There may be some room for competition for power users who really want the fastest network - that is, if the number-two and number-three US carriers can deliver on their hype. Verizon continues to goad AT&T, calling their 3G service "an overloaded network with limited coverage." And Sprint claims that its WiMAX service, which they claim will expand to cover an area with 120 million people by the end of this year, offers up to 10 times faster speeds than 3G.

    Otherwise, it's hard to imagine who's going to want to shell out twice to four times the money for data on their iPads. One bonus both competitors' solutions offer, though, is the ability to connect up to 5 devices at once. And Sprint not only wants your iPad to be one of them, but your iPhone, too. Depending on what happens to AT&T's network as more and more iPads come online, the improved performance might make enough of a difference for some.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint's WiMAX iPad Case started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      $60 per month with 5GB limit is a joke!
      i'd rather wait for the 3G ipad. $30 a month unlimited plus you dont have to carry an extra brick with you.

      right now im tethered with mywi + ipad wifi = free
    1. flxj21's Avatar
      flxj21 -
      I'm sticking to at$t
    1. vampr's Avatar
      vampr -
      Quote Originally Posted by T4R06 View Post
      $60 per month with 5GB limit is a joke!
      i'd rather wait for the 3G ipad. $30 a month unlimited plus you dont have to carry an extra brick with you.

      right now im tethered with mywi + ipad wifi = free
      +1
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      its 5gb limit on 3G but if u have perfect 4G then its unlimited 4G
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      That's a nice case and sprint is very sneaky
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      This is a chance for them to do some real damage to AT&T buy giving a better service at or close to the same price. But 60 dollars on top of $30 already for iphone is crazy. Just tether with iphone.
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Quote Originally Posted by T4R06 View Post
      $60 per month with 5GB limit is a joke!
      i'd rather wait for the 3G ipad. $30 a month unlimited plus you dont have to carry an extra brick with you.

      right now im tethered with mywi + ipad wifi = free
      Well technically that cost you $9.99, not free.
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      lol 60$ a month for 5gigs

      bummer
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I have been pretty happy just using MyWi
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stfudvs View Post
      lol 60$ a month for 5gigs

      bummer
      when they roll out 4G in NY u get unlimited 4G for 60 bucks
    1. knguyen's Avatar
      knguyen -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I have been pretty happy just using MyWi
      Same here. It's actually pretty quick.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I would really like to use one of these options but not at those prices..... I will do without!
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      Sprint with the fake 4g signal it just doesnt exist. 3g is all they have and limit to 5gb thats like 20 min of surfing. Untill they drop the price and compete with att prices they will not have any business
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Sprint with the fake 4g signal it just doesnt exist. 3g is all they have and limit to 5gb thats like 20 min of surfing. Untill they drop the price and compete with att prices they will not have any business
      Actually ur wrong...it does work because when I had it running in Philadelphia it was 4G and it was unlimited...With lots of happy customers...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This product pretty much shows iPad envy from Sprint IMO
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      Is sprints 4G any good?
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      But it is great running on e iPad at 4G , i was using it last week, I just want it to be available in NYC
    1. Brandonii's Avatar
      Brandonii -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Sprint with the fake 4g signal it just doesnt exist. 3g is all they have and limit to 5gb thats like 20 min of surfing. Untill they drop the price and compete with att prices they will not have any business
      unless you can download 6 full length movies in 20 minutes, you aren't going to use the 5gbs that quick...
    1. Megahalo's Avatar
      Megahalo -
      I actually got my 64 GB iPad, the Sprint Overdrive, and this snazzy case today.

      Live in Las Vegas so I have 4G here; been playing around with a little bit, but don't know enough to make a full report yet.

      From what I've seen so far, the device has a bad battery life and constantly disconnects my iPad from the WiFi network, but besides that the 4G seems to be pretty fast.

      (And its unlimited B/W for 4G and 5 GB for the 3G; if you live in a 4G town like me this is actually a pretty damn good deal)
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      ok...

      1. i dont care what ya talk about but no talking of ccracked apps is one...
      2. language people...act up get slapped up with infractions
      3. no insulting other members regardless of your opinions...it doesnt justify anything

      Quote Originally Posted by Megahalo View Post
      I actually got my 64 GB iPad, the Sprint Overdrive, and this snazzy case today.

      Live in Las Vegas so I have 4G here; been playing around with a little bit, but don't know enough to make a full report yet.

      From what I've seen so far, the device has a bad battery life and constantly disconnects my iPad from the WiFi network, but besides that the 4G seems to be pretty fast.

      (And its unlimited B/W for 4G and 5 GB for the 3G; if you live in a 4G town like me this is actually a pretty damn good deal)
      that is correct with the battery life