I have not activated mine yet but the people I know who have say it is just fine. I do live in an area that has good 3G coverage. I have been able to get by with wifi so far but I will activate the 3G if they do not get wireless up and running at the store.
May the (mass times acceleration) be with you.
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
I can barely get a signal at home (rural area no cell reception for phones either) but I use it in town all the time as well as the rare occasion we go to Olympia or Seattle. I love it and it's not much slower than the wifi if you get a good signal. I can get a weak signal at home and get on the Internet if the power is out but it's pretty slow. Nice for emergencies. Like getting on and saying my power is out see you later.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
I got my girls the non-3G iPads, and then got one of those Verizon mobile hotspots for road trips, etc.
Pretty handy. About the size of a small slim cellphone. Wifi to up to five devices, but the range isn't great ( you need to be in somewhat close proximity ). Now, the 3G depends on where you're at. Some places it can be snappy. Some places it can be slow ( however, web pages render fast, but of course video can choke, web email and that sort of thing is fast ). If you're by 110/120VAC, you can just jack it in to that and simultaneously surf and charge. The charge is good for a reasonable number of hours. It sleeps itself after a period of no traffic, so it evidently has power management.
Not too shabby - Handy in a pinch. However, for streaming stuff and other bandwidth suckage stuff, 3G is no substitute for a real, fast connection.
Macworld - "With a few minor variations, it looks, feels, and works just like the AT&T iPhone 4" - iOS 4.2.6 - Good distance on mobile Hotspot - "if you're using the Internet and your phone rings, your Internet connection immediately drops"
TechCrunch - "This Verizon version of the iPhone 4 seems to have none of the same antenna issues [as the AT&T model] - Much better with signal / lack of dropped calls than the AT&T model (in San Francisco) - "the iPhone 4 can give you a solid 4 hours of hotspot/tethering time"
All Things D - "the Verizon model did much, much better with voice calls" - "AT&T's network averaged 46% faster at download speeds and 24% faster at upload speeds."
Engadget - "Calls were consistently connected and uninterrupted, far more often than our AT&T calls in the same time period in similar locations." - "data rates on the Verizon iPhone 4 we tested were dramatically slower than those on its AT&T counterpart."
Overall, there seem to be few surprises. Lack of simultaneous voice and data has been known and those in weak AT&T are having much better luck with Verizon, but data speeds are better on AT&T.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Well, that's apples and oranges.
The Verizon mobile hotspot is a different device from an iPhone 4 and I don't know what the protocols are.
It's just a 3G transceiver that broadcasts/receives wifi connectivity.
We don't have smartphones as we don't have no call for this illusion of a synchronous experience for what will always be asynchronous experience - We don't need ( nor do I want ) to go down that rabbit hole into Neverland. The only value of Nevereverland is a good screenplay. So, lack of simultaneous voice and data means zip to me.
Other than that, it works for what I want it work.
Realistically, though, they should fix that to make it more sellable for the mass jones. It's just good business.
Well, providers will have to do something. Mobile video has increased 300 percent year after year - That's pretty nonlinear, so bandwidth will have to be in exabytes to keep up in just a few years. Consumption is recession/depression proof - Maybe with all that free time, it makes sense, in addition to the natural progression of consumption - Last Great Depression was when radio sales peaked - We loves to consume our media. Media is the cheapest opiate of the mass, not booze, good times or bad times. Work isn't the scourge of the drinking class, nor drink the scorouge of the working class ( er, that may be meth or rock, these days ) - It's entertainment media.
And now it sucks up bandwidth,
Oh, I see Verizon has a 4G USB dongle - I wouldn't mind getting that for my laptop, but that's not going to work too well for an iPad until they get a USB port. Hmm, what I should do is see what happens if I try the USB port on the Camera Connection Kit. There's likely a setup or activation app, though, but IIRC with the mobile hotspot, it was in the browser. Hmm, OK, now I remember - I activated on a laptop ( probably the hotspot MAC address correlates to an active account ), got a network name and a password from Verizon, which of course I passed on to other laptops and iPads so they could login.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Well, it gets worse - Some places have no 3G, so you get 2G. Luckily, I haven't encountered those areas.
But yes, the 3G is generally slower than ATT's, but usually not show-stopper slow enough.
Oh, regarding the 4G workaround with the iPad - Not thinking - Won't work - Need a 4G circuitry iPad, and they aint got those yet I don't believe.
Worldwide mobile data traffic will easily be over 6 million terabytes/month by 2015 ( with it currently .25 million terabytes, probably .6 million this year ), so they'll have to throttle and tier even as they build out. That's the math.
Although my original question was regarding the 3 G of the iPad and I have since got one but can't use the 3G aspects we get inadequate service here on .ATT. Which ATT was not forth coming when I checked the service before I purchased my latest iPad.
I am seriously lookingat getting a Verizon iPhone. I don't ave a cell now, having washed my last one with my jeans. Folks with Verizon fones get coverage all over Kansas, mostly. Not so with ATT. Basically ATT just to hell with Kansas fone service.
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