Originally Posted by FJRabon
I'm betting that they'll offer a non built in 3G model, with WiFi only, but it costs more. Also, I am betting that if Apple gives this to AT&T that apple uses it as leverage to make AT&T offer iPhone tethering sooner rather than later.
Otherwise I think you'll have an extremely large majority who don't want two 3G contracts with AT&T. Let's be honest here, the vast majority of people who are possibly going to buy this tablet are likely to have or eventually buy an iPhone. If Apple makes this thing so that people with iPhones are less likely to buy them, its destined to fail.
Another possible option I could see is not having a model that's WiFi only, but givng a very very large 3G plan discount to those with an existing iPhone data plan. Somethinig in the neighborhood of 5-10 more per month.
Originally Posted by Daniel B
Inside your dongle is a SIM card that you would simply push into the tablet.
I think built-in 3G is a given. The whole point of a tablet is instant on, always connected.
I wish someone was in a position to step back and rethink this whole mobile access mess. I don't want multiple data plans, and I don't a device tied to a particular service provider because of the hardware. Imagine if you needed one home computer if Comcast was your home internet provide, but a different one if you switched to AT&T DSL service. Switching SIM cards around is silly because then I can only use one device at a time.
Why can't we have a cell phone with capabilities similar to the mi-fi devices you can get? You can get that with a seperate mi-fi card now, but that's one more thing to carry around and your phone is the one thing you will likely always have with you. Would you ever have your tablet and not have your phone? Not likely.
So why not have one device that acts as a router to provide a connection to the carrier that can be shared with your other devices, either Bluetooth tethering or wi-fi local wireless network. Then my iPod touch, Apple's rumored tablet, my MBP, etc, could all use that single data connection.
This would make my billing/account management easier and may even make it simpler for the cell network infrastructure by having fewer connections to maintain. Granted, they'd have the same amount of data, but fewer devices constantly pinging the network.
But the providers would probably not like this because they'd have fewer data plans to gouge us on price with. And it would be too easy for us to switch providers if all we had to do is replace the one "router" device instead of all of our devices.
Originally Posted by christopher126
I will buy one...there is no doubt in this world of instant access, communication and always being 'available' to bosses or customers, laptops, smart phones and now tablets are the tools required. And Apple provides the 'tools' of choice.
But what good is instant access if the device is to large to carry around with me everywhere I go? I can see a 10" device having a niche market where "local portability" is beneficial (offices, hospitals, and such). But I'd still need a bag or a briefcase for longer range portability (taking it home, the gym, etc), at which point I could take a lightweight laptop and have full computer capabilities.
Price doesn't concern me as much as size. I'm sure it will be a great device, just having trouble understanding where it fits between an iPhone/touch and a small laptop. It seems 10" is a bit too big to be in the sweet spot in that range.