I'm preparing to purchase an iPad, and want to be able to connect to 4G everywhere. However, looking at things, it appears it would be cheaper for me to purchase a wifi iPad and then get a separate hotspot device and plan from a wireless carrier than it would be to just get a 4GLTE iPad.
How does the iPad perform with a hotspot? (The one I would more than likely get would be the Verizon Jetpack 4GLTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4602LE)
I am a journalist that reports from a wide variety of news scenes and events. So portability is very important to me. Some events already have wifi available (i.e. sports events) that I would use. I figure the mobile hotspot is something that I could easily put in my pocket so it shouldn't fault portability much.
However, what I'm worried about I guess, is connection speeds...is there a major layoff with connecting to 4G with it built in the iPad instead of connecting to a 4G hotspot with a wifi iPad?
So, doesn't anyone have experience with that?
Check the 4G coverage map for your cell provider. 4G is not available everywhere. But 4G will fall back to 3G if 4G is not available.
Regardless whether you are using the built-in 4G or a 4G mifi (hotspot device) you are connecting to the same 4G so speed will be the same.
I do not have a 4G iPad, I have the WiFi only iPad 3. I purchased a Verizon MIFI 2200 mobile hotspot almost 3 years ago when I bought my original iPad. I have a month to month - no contract plan - with 2GB per month.
I use the hotspot off and on but with some regularity - if that makes sense. I spent a week in Disney World in October and my hotspot performed far better the the free resort WiFi. I used it extensively that week.
My point is that with the hotspot, YMMV, but from what I have seen with her iPhone 3G, there are times when that is a bit unreliable as well. My experience sort of relates to the old Verizon TV commercial ..."can you hear me now?". Sometimes yes and sometimes no. While my experience with my hotpsot has been very good overall, there are still times when the connection is a bit spotty.
I'm not sure if this helps you at all, but I just wanted to share my experience with the mobile hotspot.
I realize that I edited my post and left a blurb in about "her iPhone 3G" and I meant to change that but I didn't.
That was in reference to my daughter's iPhone 4 and there have been a few occasions - and I stress "a few" - where she had better success connecting using my mobile hotpaot than she did with her built in 3G. I didn't even realize that was possible - if it is possible at all - but that is what she claimed.