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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Thu 22-Sep-11 12:03:28
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3G Connection/IPad query


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Iím thinking of buying my first tablet: an Ipad 2 with Wifi + 3G. Iím looking at the plans on Three: http://www.three.co.uk/Mobile_Broadband/iPad/iPad_2_... Opinions welcome!

A more general query: how fast is 3G Internet? My only experience this far is via my Kindle, which is amazing but obviously doesnít give a complete picture.

Thanks! smile

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 22-Sep-11 12:58:00
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Fast enough to watch live video if in the right locations...and that is the key location.
In central london I can get 3G+ but sometimes still get Edge or GPRS once I create the data connection.

Oddly at places like airport lounges I found the free wifi so congested that the 3G was a lot better.

There are download meter apps in the App store, which track usage levels which are handy to know.

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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Thu 22-Sep-11 13:19:17
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bursts to a couple of meg or so, a meg upload. Depends how many of you on the mast I guess.

Phil

MaxDSL - goes as fast as it can and doesn't read the line checker first.

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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Thu 22-Sep-11 16:02:59
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Hi Phil & Andrew,
Thanks for your answers. Three seem to be the market leaders. I wonder whether instead of buying an Ipad with a 3G allowance/contract Iíd be beter investing in a mifi dongle like this : http://threestore.three.co.uk/broadband/?mifipayg=1&... and use it for other devices as required. Would speeds be the same?
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(staff) Thu 22-Sep-11 16:57:49
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Pretty much the same speeds since wifi exceeds 3G speeds.

Have used a MiFi and found it was more reliable in areas where congestion was really bad, as rather than add to the CPU load of the laptop, it sat there happily handling all the hassle from the signal.

Check what battery life of the mifi is, you'd want this to be better than the portable device ideally.

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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Thu 22-Sep-11 19:03:00
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mifi is a good idea, or a Three android phone that acts as a hotspot

you can blu-tack mifi to a window if the signal is dodgy, then the wifi covers inside the room. You can run them on the mains too.

Phil

MaxDSL - goes as fast as it can and doesn't read the line checker first.

MaxDSL diagnostics
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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Fri 23-Sep-11 10:25:20
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Thanks for the info on speeds and coverage, Andrew. Decisions....
Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Fri 23-Sep-11 10:27:02
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I wouldn't opt for the Android but the mifi/bluetack really has appeal! laugh Cheers, Phil.
Standard User Zadeks
(committed) Fri 23-Sep-11 11:46:23
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Look at buying the iPad upfront. It usually works out cheaper.
Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Fri 23-Sep-11 16:24:58
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Thanks smile It's quite an outlay and the pennies do count....
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