[NTLK] The iPad is great, but...

Aaron Brigati abrigati at gmail.com
Tue Apr 6 18:59:27 EDT 2010

All of Sprint's 3G data services are capped at 5,000 megabytes per  

However, unlike Verizon, they don't charge if you go over - but if  
you go over too many months in a row they'll throttle your connection  
speed, or disconnect you.

(Sprint still advertises the service as Unlimited*, but that asterisk  
is pretty harsh.)

Millenicom offers unlimited 3G - on Sprint's network, even - for  
about $10 a month more than Sprint does, but you need to already have  
the hardware if you want to use a 3G wireless access point.

On Apr 6, 2010, at 6:45 PM, Forrest Buffenmyer wrote:

> On Tuesday, April 06, 2010, at 10:18AM, "robinson pereira"  
> <gaudo1196 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I agree. "None of them, however, does the whole thing"
> I just received this story today...check this out:
> http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362268,00.asp
> This could be what I call the "Tipping Point"...the small fact,  
> event or bit of information that can change the perspective on  
> making a decision. With this mobile hotspot ("MiFi") suddenly the  
> 3G iPad looks overpriced. I've mentioned before that I'm using wifi  
> at home and that I've got a broadband PC card for my Mac when I  
> leave for the Outside World. I've also said this before: this  
> device would a) eliminate use of the broadband PC card, which was  
> never "officially" supported by either Apple or Sprint (although it  
> worked just fine) in favor of this device...and b) then allow the  
> purchase of the less expensive wifi iPad model. I could connect  
> either or both things through this MiFi--though probably not at the  
> same time--and have internet access just about anywhere.
> The question is: is there a GB cap on it? Verizon's has a 5GB cap  
> PER MONTH...I can go through 5G in a WEEK or less, depending on the  
> circumstances. It's unclear if the Sprint version has a cap, or  
> not--the website doesn't mention one. Presently I have unlimited  
> data usage on the broadband card (although the newer models also  
> have the 5GB cap). I'm going to call Sprint about that, probably  
> later today.
> It does have a three hour battery lifespan--less if you have more  
> things connected. The AlBook that I use primarily has a two-hour  
> battery life...so I wouldn't be using the mifi after that  
> anyway...as for the iPad...well, do what you have to do online  
> first, within that 2-hour window. After that--no internet (you  
> can't access the internet while it's plugged in and charging).
> So far..this looks like this could work for me. But again, not all  
> things to all people.
> Thanks,
> --Forrest
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