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Verizon MiFi with new iPad

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stevenhnyc Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Apr 3, 2010 5:51 PM
I'm using a Verizon MiFI with new iPad. Works great. A bit expensive at $60 a month but I can run my laptop, iMac, iPhone and iPad from it all at the same time. Runs five devices at once. Can't tell if it's faster then a 3g iPad since they don't exist but it is snappy. Anyone else going that route?
iMac i7, Mac OS X (10.6.2), none
  • Andrew79 Calculating status...
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    Apr 3, 2010 7:53 PM (in response to stevenhnyc)
    I'm thinking about doing the same. Is there a noticeable lag if the MiFi is sleeping and the iPad wakes it up when it tries to connect? Thanks.
    MacBook, Other OS
  • macwestly77 Calculating status...
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    Apr 3, 2010 8:01 PM (in response to stevenhnyc)
    I'm using the mifi. Had it for work anyway. Seems peppy. Haven't notice much lag in connecting but haven't used it that much. Seems like a reasonable solution especially for those of us in non-3G Att areas
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • eastvillager Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 8:44 AM (in response to Andrew79)
    Just used Skype with the miff. Works great outside, inside mixed results but what do you expect in NYC using 3G pushing out wifi. All in all amazing results.
    iMac, i7, 2TB Drive, 8G Ram, Macbook Pro, 15", iphone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • ShadyMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 9:42 AM (in response to stevenhnyc)
    I must say I'd like to use a MiFi but honestly... for the 60 per month price and not even getting unlimited data, and having to agree to a contract!!... I can't see going to that as the best solution...

    The only plus you already mentioned...being able to have up to 5 devices online at once... but again that 60 per month cost is not unlimited from what I read...and a power user, especially one using 5 devices will eat up that 5gb of data fast!!

    I am the first to agree that VZW is a better network than AT&T but that said...for a 30 data plan, no contract!! and unlimited data...the AT&T plan is not bad at all...unless you're in a non AT&T 3G area that is...
    iMac 24" 2.8 - iMac 20" 2.4 - 17" MBpro 2.8 - 15" MBpro 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone 3GS 32GB and 16GB - OS 3.1.3
  • cokeicee Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:13 AM (in response to stevenhnyc)
    I'm using Mifi on my phone and it cost me 80 a month including 1000 mins and unlimited texts. Works wonderfully with my Ipad. Sitting outside and my phone is inside right now. I dont get 3g coverage in my are but most pages still load in a matter of seconds.
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  • sjsutton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 1:43 PM (in response to stevenhnyc)
    I went this route, as opposed to using the thinner ATT 3G network. I have an iPhone, and really dislike the service I have in the lower Hudson Valley of New York. The MiFi was so easy to configure and access, I'm still amazed I can carry a 3G broadband hotspot around in my pocket or bag! The iPad fetches mail as usual thru the MiFi and I can use it with my MacBook and iPhone.
    I went for the 250MB plan ($39.99), as it's really a filler solution to bridge the Wi-Fi hotspot (there are nearly everywhere). Verizon told me I can do a temporary upgrade to the 5gig plan (if I can anticipate it) and then go back down to the 250MB plan as needed, all without resetting the contract.
    So far an excellent solution, that isn't just tied to one device. A cool iPad on the much larger and more dependable 3G mobile network...who could ask for more?
    24" Aluminum iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • cokeicee Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 1:52 PM (in response to sjsutton)
    Yeah I'm just worried about going over since I can watch netflix / download movies. But I guess Ill find out later.. Also can't wait to see the new gemeni tablet then I will know which to carry.
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  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 1:55 PM (in response to cokeicee)
    cokeicee wrote:
    it cost me 80 a month including 1000 mins and unlimited texts. Works wonderfully with my Ipad.


    I am not in the US so out of interest, how much download do you get for your $80 ?
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone 3GS 32G
  • cokeicee Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 1:57 PM (in response to Graham Outterside)
    5 gb
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  • eastvillager Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 5:24 PM (in response to cokeicee)
    I'm lucky. Mines grandfathered in with no limit. I just got Skype for $2.95 a month. Now I have unlimited outgoing calls when I use the mifi If someone calls me on the cell I call them back on Skype so as not to use up my minutes. Friends say it actually sounds clearer. Also do the same on my iPhone. Looks pretty silly walking around with an iPad to your ear.
    iMac, i7, 2TB Drive, 8G Ram, Macbook Pro, 15", iphone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 3G4Gexpert Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2010 1:35 PM (in response to eastvillager)
    Since 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
    3.06Ghz iMac OS X, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPad (WIFi Model)
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    May 3, 2010 2:11 PM (in response to 3G4Gexpert)
    The iPad is NOT locked to ATT.

    Verizon is also misleading about their 3G coverage. Is there some cheerleader thing going on over at Verizon where people are told to come here and talk up the overpriced Mifi? I wouldn't exactly consider it a great deal to pay $60/month for 5 gb of data split between multiple devices and then you pay an additional $.05/mb if you go over the measly 5 gb of data.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Air, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    May 3, 2010 3:12 PM (in response to Tamara)
    Tamara wrote:
    The iPad is NOT locked to ATT.


    The only other major GSM provider in the U.S. is TMobile. Their coverage area is smaller than either AT&T's or Verizon's. So, while technically it's not locked, if you're in the U.S., you don't have very many other options.

    Verizon is also misleading about their 3G coverage. Is there some cheerleader thing going on over at Verizon where people are told to come here and talk up the overpriced Mifi? I wouldn't exactly consider it a great deal to pay $60/month for 5 gb of data split between multiple devices and then you pay an additional $.05/mb if you go over the measly 5 gb of data.


    Sounds as if Verizon must have done something very bad to you. The MiFi is certainly not perfect, but it is an option, an option that some people are very happy with. Sprint cells a similar device. Don't know what their pricing is, though.

    That being said, I strongly suspect that at least one of the posts in this thread might need a disclaimer.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano 4 gig, 1st gen 16 gig Touch, 3rd Gen 32 gig Touch
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    May 3, 2010 3:33 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    Meg St._Clair wrote:
    Sounds as if Verizon must have done something very bad to you. The MiFi is certainly not perfect, but it is an option, an option that some people are very happy with. Sprint cells a similar device. Don't know what their pricing is, though.


    I was a Verizon customer for almost 15 years before switching. The last couple of years we were with Verizon, we became disgusted with their overpriced plans, poor selection of smartphones and misleading coverage maps.

    I'm just wondering why people are making such a big deal about such an overpriced device with such a tiny data plan. I feel bad for the person using Mifi that makes the mistake of watching too many Netflix movies because they're stranded in an airport.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Air, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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