varigb707 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1220 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1611 times:
My co worker wants to buy the Ipad. She says she can use the wireless feature, without buying a wireless plan, just by having a wireless connection from her existing internet service. Is that true?
richm From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 794 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1598 times:
It can connect to a WiFI network at no extra charge. However, she will need to be in range of a WiFI hotspot. If she has a wireless router or access point in her home, then it will be able to connect to this. (Just like a laptop can) She will also be able to use WiFI facilities in airports and cafes etc.
There's also another communications technology known as 3G. Essentially, this allows you to connect to a mobile phone network and send/receive data that way. I believe the iPad with 3G functionality is sold at a higher price. You will also need a special sim card in order to use this service. Obviously 3G provides greater coverage than that of WiFI but you will need to check with the provider for further information with regards to coverage.
In summary, both will provide wireless functionality. But to clarify further:
Great for connecting to the internet while at home, (no extra charge other than what you pay for broadband/cable) or at some cafes and airports. (often a service charge)
Great for connecting to the internet while out and about, whether it be on a train, in a supermarket or on a roller coaster. (ok, perhaps not) There's usually either a monthly subscription or pay as you go charge for this service. Most service plans typically include a data cap too. (a limit on how much you can download without having to pay extra)
aznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3542 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1598 times:
There are 2 types of iPad, with and without 3G. Without 3G, it acts like an iTouch where it uses WiFi to connect. So WiFi at home or at Starbucks or free at some airports or malls can be used. If you get the iPad 3G, then think of it as getting an AT&T laptop card that is built into the machine. With the 3G you need to pay for monthly service.
Hope that helps.
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