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Following its initial announcement on sales of the iPad this morning, Verizon has provided more detailed information on the MiFi 2200 rates and data plans it intends to offer customers alongside the Apple tablet when it goes on sale at company stores beginning October 28th.

In addition to the 1GB data plan for $20 per month announced earlier, Verizon now says it will also offer a 3GB plan for $35 and a 5GB plan for $50. Those rates are available at steep discounts to the wireless carrier's typical offerings, which cost $35 for 250MB and $60 for 5GB.

There is one catch: customers must purchase a WiFi iPad and Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot together as a bundle to get the discounted data plan prices. Even customers who already own a MiFi 2200 but don't own an iPad aren't eligible for the rates should they choose to buy an iPad from Verizon, according to a set of frequently asked questions.

Users who go over their monthly quota will see some relief, however, as Verizon has followed AT&T's lead in charging just $10 extra for each additional 1GB on both the $35 and $50 plan. The carrier is hoping customers choose one of those pricer plans and is giving them an incentive to do so by charging double -- $20 per additional 1GB -- on the low-end $20 plan.

By comparison, AT&T is offering two plans at heftier rates: $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB. While AT&T and Verizon require that users agree to a service agreement when applying to use their 3G services, both services are available on a month-to-month basis with no termination fee.

As for Verizon's bundle pricing, mentioned earlier, a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and 16GB iPad will sell for $629.99. The 32GB model and hotspot will retail for $729.99 while the 64GB iPad combo will sell for $829.99.

Verizon's MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot typically costs $299 on its own, or between $0.01 and $50 with a new 2-year service agreement.
post #2 of 53
This is definitely a better deal than AT&T and is best for people who:

1. Planning on buying an iPad
2. Data hungry
3. Doesn't own a mifi
4. Doesn't mind carrying an extra device (small and the size of credit card)
5. Doesn't want to be tied to a (or another on top of their phone) contract

Plus mifi can be used on devices other than an iPad..

Then again whether people choose the wifi iPad on VZ or 3G iPad on AT&T depends on preference and needs.
post #3 of 53
The wifi-only iPad lacks GPS and, aside from being inconvenient to tote around and keep charged, the Mifi has power management issues (e.g. short battery-life and automatic power-down to conserve power). The Mifi will support multiple devices, however, at no additional charge, whereas the iPad 3G costs $10/month extra for tethering.

AT&T's iPad plans are not generally offered at heftier rates. AT&T offers a plan for as little as $15; AT&T's 2 GB plan is only $5 more than Verizon's 1 GB plan; and 3 GB costs the same ($35) on both carriers, using AT&T's 2 GB plan ($25) plus an optional 1 GB overage ($10). Unless you're a heavy mobile Internet user, the AT&T 2 GB plan looks much better.
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Following its initial announcement on sales of the iPad this morning, Verizon has provided more detailed information on the MiFi 2200 rates and data plans it intends to offer customers alongside the Apple tablet when it goes on sale at company stores beginning October 28th.

In addition to the 1GB data plan for $20 per month announced earlier, Verizon now says it will also offer a 3GB plan for $35 and a 5GB plan for $50. Those rates are available at steep discounts to the wireless carrier's typical offerings, which cost $35 for 250MB and $60 for 5GB.

There is one catch: customers much purchase a WiFi iPad and Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot together as a bundle to get the discounted data plan prices. Even customers who already own a MiFi 2200 but don't own an iPad aren't eligible for the rates should they choose to buy an iPad from Verizon, according to set of frequently asked questions.

Users who go over their monthly quota will see some relief, however, as Verizon has followed AT&T's lead in charging just $10 extra for each additional 1GB on both the $35 and $50 plan. The carrier is hoping customers choose one of those pricer plans and is giving them an incentive to do so by charging double -- $20 per additional 1GB -- on the low-end $20 plan.

By comparison, AT&T is offering two plans at heftier rates: $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB. While AT&T and Verizon require that users agree to a service agreement when applying to use their 3G services, both services are available on a month-to-month basis with no termination fee.

As for Verizon's bundle pricing, mentioned earlier, a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and 16GB iPad will sell for $629.99. The 32GB model and hotspot will retail for $729.99 while the 64GB iPad combo will sell for $829.99.

Verizon's MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot typically costs $299 on its own, or between $0.01 and $50 with a new 2-year service agreement.

I think it is a given that the iPad (and probably the iPhone) will come to VZW next year. I think I will wait for v2 of the iPad. It will have a camera and a few other goodies (and I am almost certain it will be thinner and lighter because everything goes that direction every year). It will most likely have a VZW radio in it too so I don't need to carry a separate device.

I am not in dire need for an iPad to the point where I want to buy the current model. I will definitely be getting a pad device next year, either Apple or Android, depending on who has the best device when the time comes for me to get one.
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The wifi-only iPad lacks GPS

I've seen this mentioned a few times today. Why does this even matter? What apps are you using that would require GPS on a regular basis? And can't the iPad do Wi-Fi triangulation to get your location?
post #6 of 53
The Verizon plans don't sound all that great.

Virgin Mobile sells the standalone MiFi 2200 for $150 (temporarily out of stock). You can get unlimited data for $40/month or 100MB for ten days, no contract for either. As an MVNO (they don't have their own cellular towers), they are using the Sprint network.

So for twenty dollars more than the Verizon deal, you can get the 16GB iPad, the MiFi and unlimited data from Virgin Mobile. After two months on Virgin Mobile, you'll have recouped the twenty dollar difference, but there's no contract like with Verizon.
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I've seen this mentioned a few times today. Why does this even matter? What apps are you using that would require GPS on a regular basis?

Maps would be a commonly used app. Buyers can decide for themselves what's important to them and how often would be too much to forego with the wifi-only model.

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And can't the iPad do Wi-Fi triangulation to get your location?

If it works--if a stationary access point is nearby--wifi location has low accuracy, is sometimes completely wrong, and will not track your movement well at all. Cellular triangulation might be completely wrong less often, but it is still inaccurate, and doesn't track well.
post #8 of 53
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Originally Posted by Cpsro View Post

Maps would be a commonly used app. Buyers can decide for themselves what's important to them and how often would be too much to forego with the wifi-only model.


If it works--if a stationary access point is nearby--wifi location has low accuracy, is sometimes completely wrong, and will not track your movement well at all. Cellular triangulation might be completely wrong less often, but it is still inaccurate, and doesn't track well.

People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

My point is, the iPad is too large an ungainly to use as a GPS locator unless you're using it in your car... and even then it's still too large.
post #9 of 53
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Maps would be a commonly used app. Buyers can decide for themselves what's important to them and how often would be too much to forego with the wifi-only model.


If it works--if a stationary access point is nearby--wifi location has low accuracy, is sometimes completely wrong, and will not track your movement well at all. Cellular triangulation might be completely wrong less often, but it is still inaccurate, and doesn't track well.

Actually, I've use WiFi triangulation on my WiFi-only iPad tethered to my iPhone 4 and if you're within a city area, it's surprisingly accurate. There are a lot of WiFi networks out there that an iPad can detect but doesn't see as worthy enough to connect to for data transmission.
post #10 of 53
What no one else seems to have brought up is how this reduces the iPad battery life. I use to wifi tether my iPhone 2g to my iPad, totally ate up the battery. I assume the slower data transfers through ATT 2G (which isn't that much slower than verizon 3g) meant the iPad had to transfer data longer to load whatever I was viewing, therefore putting more drain on the battery. I expect the mifi to maybe sometimes eat up almost twice as much power as it would on a real wifi network. Plus being on "fake" wifi means youtube and netflix will be super sluggish, and god forbid you download a wifi only app and have to keep your hotspot on.

Thank god where I love ATT couldn't be better, I would hate to have to use Verizon..
post #11 of 53
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

My point is, the iPad is too large an ungainly to use as a GPS locator unless you're using it in your car... and even then it's still too large.

One thing I think is cool with Apps is that ince you paid for it, the app can be on each of you "isynced" device. I have Navigon on my phone, & it also works (for no extra money) on my iPad. When I am traveling in a car without built in GPS, i think navigation is great on the iPad, not too large, but very readable. Also it means I can make calls without having to move the GPS screen away from the driver. I bought, and recommend iPad to people with the 3G chip for that reason, that it has gps. Besides, since with ATT the 3G is sort of pay as you need (monthly basis) having the 3G capability is worthwhile, even if its for the couple of times a year you travel (vacation) for a few weeks.
post #12 of 53
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

I've seen this mentioned a few times today. Why does this even matter? What apps are you using that would require GPS on a regular basis? And can't the iPad do Wi-Fi triangulation to get your location?

It's useful. Triangulation isn't nearly as accurate. I've got a GPS program which works very well. In addition, using maps in a place you're not familiar with can give you a very good walking route. You really need GPS for that.
post #13 of 53
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

My point is, the iPad is too large an ungainly to use as a GPS locator unless you're using it in your car... and even then it's still too large.

The big screen makes it much easier to use.
post #14 of 53
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Originally Posted by cvaldes1831 View Post

The Verizon plans don't sound all that great.

Virgin Mobile sells the standalone MiFi 2200 for $150 (temporarily out of stock). You can get unlimited data for $40/month or 100MB for ten days, no contract for either. As an MVNO (they don't have their own cellular towers), they are using the Sprint network.

So for twenty dollars more than the Verizon deal, you can get the 16GB iPad, the MiFi and unlimited data from Virgin Mobile. After two months on Virgin Mobile, you'll have recouped the twenty dollar difference, but there's no contract like with Verizon.

Depends on what you need. If all I need is 1 GB/month, paying Virgin $40 is going to cost me double what Verizon charges. Even the 3 GB plan, which would be plenty for probably 90% of the people, would save me $5/month over Virgin's plan.

As for the contract, yes, there's a contract, but it's not a two year service agreement. It's month-to-month. Only pay for the months you need, no termination fee. It's just the agreement for service under those terms. No different than your Virgin service.

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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

My point is, the iPad is too large an ungainly to use as a GPS locator unless you're using it in your car... and even then it's still too large.

The iPad is too large and ungainly in general. But that's a whole 'nother conversation.
post #15 of 53
No thanks Verizon....I may be over reacting here, but this seems like typical Verizon overcharging tactics....I just want an iPad 3Gs with an affordable plan.

Why do I have to pay $30/mo for an iPhone Data plan, $30/mo for an iPad data plan and $60 for tethering...and $30 for cable internet at home! Man oh Man? Am I missing something?

Best
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The Verizon plans don't sound all that great.

Virgin Mobile sells the standalone MiFi 2200 for $150 (temporarily out of stock). You can get unlimited data for $40/month or 100MB for ten days, no contract for either. As an MVNO (they don't have their own cellular towers), they are using the Sprint network.

So for twenty dollars more than the Verizon deal, you can get the 16GB iPad, the MiFi and unlimited data from Virgin Mobile. After two months on Virgin Mobile, you'll have recouped the twenty dollar difference, but there's no contract like with Verizon.

VirginMobileUSA have had their own towers since last year when they were bought by Sprint Nextel.
post #17 of 53
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

I've seen this mentioned a few times today. Why does this even matter? What apps are you using that would require GPS on a regular basis? And can't the iPad do Wi-Fi triangulation to get your location?

With the GPS a good navigation app will work even if you don't have lots of wifi and you choose to let the 3G lapse, so that's a bonus.

There have also been some comments about using a smartphone instead of getting the extra features on an iPad. I am likely the minority out here... but I have chosen not to commit to 2 (or 3) years of data on a smartphone. The iPad is my sweet spot... pay for data when I want to, don't pay for data when I'm poor.

I just considered what an inexpensive gps system would cost and counted my extra 130 bucks as the purchase of one of those systems... but with a bigger/clearer screen.
post #18 of 53
These high prices are stilfing innovation.
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post #19 of 53
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Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post

This is definitely a better deal than AT&T and is best for people who:

1. Planning on buying an iPad
2. Data hungry
3. Doesn't own a mifi
4. Doesn't mind carrying an extra device (small and the size of credit card)
5. Doesn't want to be tied to a (or another on top of their phone) contract

Plus mifi can be used on devices other than an iPad..

Then again whether people choose the wifi iPad on VZ or 3G iPad on AT&T depends on preference and needs.

If I simply want an iPad to use on wifii, this won't work at all. If it fits for some, then ok. But if it doesn't fit for others, then, it doesn't fit. Some will like it, and some won't. That's the beauty of choice. We get what we like.
post #20 of 53
Apple should have included GPS with the Wi-Fi iPad. I hope this will happen in iPad v2. Personally, I will be getting an iPad with 3G just to be able to replace a laptop with an iPad while traveling. However, I can see that there may be some folks wishing to buy a Wi-Fi only iPad with GPS. For instance, those who walk to work (or take public transportation) can use the Run Meter app to measure the distance they cover on foot every day while having the iPad in a briefcase. Those who drive can purchase a GPS app and use a Wi-Fi only iPad as a GPS device in their car. It's kind of silly to exclude GPS from the Wi-Fi only iPad.
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Originally Posted by CharlesYFarley View Post

Bend over and get your Apple now!

One always looks like a douche when they try to make a witty pun and follow it up laughing at their own wittiness.
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

My point is, the iPad is too large an ungainly to use as a GPS locator unless you're using it in your car... and even then it's still too large.

Says you!...

As one who doesn't own a smart phone or iPhone, I have my iPad to use maps and apps, thank you very much! AND my data plan puts all these new tiered plans to shame as it only costs me 29.99 a month for UNLIMITED 3G! So there!!

On a side note, before all this smartphone and map apps and stuff came into being, know what us old whipper stappers used to use? That's right! The un-refoldable PAPER maps.

Where did we have these paper maps? In our cars! Our glove compartments more explicitly and who amongst us has gloves in their glove compartment nowadays? On occasion we got out of our car with our paper maps at gasoline stations that used to be staffed by, now hold on to your underwear showing, down by your knees, baggy pants... helpful gas attendants! Who no only pumped our gas and cleaned our windshields but also helped us with our maps to set us right or select an alternative route. When we got to our destination what did we do with our paper maps? We left them in our cars! What did we do without apps to help us find the nearest Starbucks or movie theater or restaurant??? Why we would strike up a nice conversation with the locals! You know... TALKING or what you generation alphabet soup wold call 'Rapping"! What do you young hip-hoppers do? Use an app for that and text message! Hmpf!!! Mr. Magoo, you done it again!

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Once again, Verizon is acting like....well...Verizon.

Honestly, why would anyone pay the same amount of money for a wifi only iPad when they could get a wifi+3G+GPS iPad and not have to carry/charge/connect/configure a separate wifi device? How can anyone think that this is a great option?

You Verizon fans amaze me.
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THis post makes no sense. You start off by saying that Verizon's deal is better then AT&T's deal. Then you go on to say whether people choose AT&T or Verizon depends on preference. If it depends on preference then what makes a better deal depends on who you are and what your needs are. I for one think both companies suck.

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Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post

This is definitely a better deal than AT&T and is best for people who:

1. Planning on buying an iPad
2. Data hungry
3. Doesn't own a mifi
4. Doesn't mind carrying an extra device (small and the size of credit card)
5. Doesn't want to be tied to a (or another on top of their phone) contract

Plus mifi can be used on devices other than an iPad..

Then again whether people choose the wifi iPad on VZ or 3G iPad on AT&T depends on preference and needs.
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Originally Posted by Rot'nApple View Post

Says you!...

As one who doesn't own a smart phone or iPhone, I have my iPad to use maps and apps, thank you very much! AND my data plan puts all these new tiered plans to shame as it only costs me 29.99 a month for UNLIMITED 3G! So there!!

On a side note, before all this smartphone and map apps and stuff came into being, know what us old whipper stappers used to use? That's right! The un-refoldable PAPER maps.

Where did we have these paper maps? In our cars! Our glove compartments more explicitly and who amongst us has gloves in their glove compartment nowadays? On occasion we got out of our car with our paper maps at gasoline stations that used to be staffed by, now hold on to your underwear showing, down by your knees, baggy pants... helpful gas attendants! Who no only pumped our gas and cleaned our windshields but also helped us with our maps to set us right or select an alternative route. When we got to our destination what did we do with our paper maps? We left them in our cars! What did we do without apps to help us find the nearest Starbucks or movie theater or restaurant??? Why we would strike up a nice conversation with the locals! You know... TALKING or what you generation alphabet soup wold call 'Rapping"! What do you young hip-hoppers do? Use an app for that and text message! Hmpf!!! Mr. Magoo, you done it again!

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Originally Posted by 8CoreWhore View Post

These high prices are stilfing innovation.

$50 a month stifling innovation? Really?

just a MONTH ago they made 5gb on a USB stick $80
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Honestly, why would anyone pay the same amount of money for a wifi only iPad when they could get a wifi+3G+GPS iPad and not have to carry/charge/connect/configure a separate wifi device? How can anyone think that this is a great option?

I was really surprised to see the prices match up exactly, but I think it is the only way for Apple to be seen as not favoring one carrier over the other. The other thing is that there are advantages to the Verizon MiFi, namely that you can connect multiple devices to it, whereas the iPad+3G cannot currently tether.

If you only have an iPad, then the AT&T setup is more convenient, but if you already have multiple devices, adding a MiFi shouldn't be a big deal.
post #28 of 53
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

My point is, the iPad is too large an ungainly to use as a GPS locator unless you're using it in your car... and even then it's still too large.

We carried our iPad around for map info this summer. We never felt it was too large. Plus the oldest child would use it, ad the youngest used the iPod touch.

For GPS, the larger size is great and I picked up an iPad specific version
post #29 of 53
i'm glad i hacked my phone to get free tethering.. i already pay for data, why another charge? who's the real thief here?
post #30 of 53
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

I've seen this mentioned a few times today. Why does this even matter?

I believe you are sincere in asking this question but you have to understand it is rather silly. GPS is needed by people that use apps that work with GPS.
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What apps are you using that would require GPS on a regular basis?

Whatever fits the users particular needs. Again a silly question in my opinion, GPS can be used for many things.
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And can't the iPad do Wi-Fi triangulation to get your location?

Uh no, if you are out of range of WiFi connections you have no position info what so ever.

More importantly you don't get the required precision with the alternatives. The difference is so dramatic that again I'm surprised it even gets asked.

In any event learn to think outside the box or at least think while standing in the shoes of others.
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Originally Posted by noexpectations View Post

Once again, Verizon is acting like....well...Verizon.

Honestly, why would anyone pay the same amount of money for a wifi only iPad when they could get a wifi+3G+GPS iPad and not have to carry/charge/connect/configure a separate wifi device? How can anyone think that this is a great option?

You Verizon fans amaze me.

Exactly, you said it better than I did! Thx.

Uggggh! Verizon.

I sold my HDTV and my AppleTV and told my Cable provider to stick it up their nose.

I will just stay with my iPhone 4, a WiFi iPad, one of the new MBA's and tell ATT to stick it up their nose, too!

No way would I have anything from Verizon! Thanks Verizon, you've made my decision a lot easier! Stick it up your nose!
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Once again, Verizon is acting like....well...Verizon.

Yeah the lack of real aggresive competition is a huge problem. I have to wonder how many pennys it cost the cell companies to transmit 5GB of data.
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Honestly, why would anyone pay the same amount of money for a wifi only iPad when they could get a wifi+3G+GPS iPad and not have to carry/charge/connect/configure a separate wifi device?

There are all sorts of reasons really. For example:
  1. Better local coverage.
  2. Corporate discounts!
  3. The expectation that 3G usage will be intermittant. Personally i think this one is a mistake.
  4. The use of the MiFi device for other devices.
  5. The WiFi only iPad should last longer on a battery charge.
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How can anyone think that this is a great option?

It isn't a great option for me but for others I can see the advantages. For example say you are a parent with youngsters using iPads. You can force them to use WiFi around the house but have an easily managed 3G option for travel. There are ways of viewing this positively if you want to.
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You Verizon fans amaze me.

Well no there are just people with different perspectives here. Personally I would not buy an iPad without cell data support of some type. That doesn't mean others would want that capability.
post #33 of 53
This is ludicrously ridiculous!!

Just buy a contract-free MIFI device from Virgin Mobile Broadband instead!!

Virgin Mobile Broadband offers cheaper prices, no contract, and unlimited data!!

Fsck Verizon, go Virgin!!
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Exactly, you said it better than I did! Thx.

Well I don't agree with him totally.
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Uggggh! Verizon.

I sold my HDTV and my AppleTV and told my Cable provider to stick it up their nose.

Good for you! I dropped cable years ago and hardly watch TV at all anymore. The money saved is huge. Especially after I got rid of my phone land line also. People don't realize the negative impact these companies have on personal wealth. For some it is thousands of dollars per year or to put it another way a Carribean vacation every year.
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I will just stay with my iPhone 4, a WiFi iPad, one of the new MBA's and tell ATT to stick it up their nose, too!

I'm still on my 3G iPhone and trying to milk it until the next rev. However when it comes time to buy an iPad I will get one that supports 3G. As long as their is no contract the intermittant expense would be worth it. Of course if the new MBA is available with the same data option I might go that way. The point is maintaining control over ones expenses.
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No way would I have anything from Verizon! Thanks Verizon, you've made my decision a lot easier! Stick it up your nose!

I had a Verizon pay as you go account before getting my iPhone. If you have good service in your area AT&T is a far better company to deal with. There is no doubt in my mind there as Verizon appears to be run by jackasses.

Still you have to admit they are a better option for some people.

My only concern here (knowing Verizon) is what is the catch? Will the MiFi unit be locked to the iPad somehow? I really don't trust them to be ethical here.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

Not in California, where it's even illegal to have a closed laptop in the front passenger seat area.

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My point is, the iPad is too large an ungainly to use as a GPS locator unless you're using it in your car... and even then it's still too large.

Yeah, the iPad is just a giant iPhone and serves no purpose. Who would ever want to view a map on a larger display than an iPhone's?
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Actually, I've use WiFi triangulation on my WiFi-only iPad tethered to my iPhone 4 and if you're within a city area, it's surprisingly accurate. There are a lot of WiFi networks out there that an iPad can detect but doesn't see as worthy enough to connect to for data transmission.

Wifi location will tend to be more accurate than cellular triangulation, but not as accurate as GPS and without the accurate tracking of GPS. Wifi location doesn't require access to any wifi network. There's nothing about being "worthy enough" to connect involved.

Wifi location will tend not to work at all while traveling in the country. Verizon may "have you covered" out there, but cellular triangulation sucks compared to GPS.
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Whipper stappers?

You spell it out while pronouncing it without your partial in your mouth and see what you come up with!

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post #38 of 53
I wonder why there is no flatrate contract available at Verizone or AT&T. With our provider we pay like 35$ per month flatrate. For sporadic users there is even the option to have a contract that charges you per day of usage with 5$ but on that day you will have access w.o limit. Maybe we just have a healthier competition amogst mobile providers. The iPhone and the iPad runs on 3 different networks.
post #39 of 53
I know that your "site" is about the iPad but you have now spammed here as well as the CNET boards. STOP!!
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People actually carry around an iPad to use a location finder using Maps? Don't people usually have smartphones for that?

If you have a smart phone and are paying for a data plan, why would you want to pay for and carry a mifi, rather than tether through your phone?
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