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Buy a MiFi, Save $130 on an iPad, Enjoy Wi-Fi Anywhere

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March 15th, 2010

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By Ari Driessen
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Apple iPad and MiFi

If you’ve made the decision to buy one of Apple’s self-proclaimed “magical” iPads, you may be torn between whether to pick up a Wi-Fi-only model when they hit stores next month or hold off to shell out an additional $130 for a 3G-equipped model when they become available a few weeks later. If this predicament sounds familiar, a MiFi may not only make your decision a tad bit easier, but also save you that $130.

Think of a MiFi as a personal hot spot that can go almost anywhere and allow up to 5 Wi-Fi-enabled devices (iPads, laptops, cell phones, iPods, etc.) to browse the web simultaneously connected through the device’s respective carrier’s 3G network. Available on Sprint and Verizon Wireless, Wirefly is offering the MiFi for FREE on contract.

Apple’s entry-level iPad (16GB, W-Fi) is set to be available on April 3rd for $499. The same model with the addition of a 3G radio will be available in late April to the tune of $629. Two data plans will be available through AT&T for the iPad, including a $15/mo plan for a paltry 250MB of data and a $29.99/mo plan for unlimited data use.

While a MiFi will run you $59.99/mo (5GB of data on Sprint or Verizon), you effectively get more than four months of free data with the cash you just saved on your iPad. Your Wi-Fi hungry family and friends are also likely to applaud your decision.

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5 Responses to “Buy a MiFi, Save $130 on an iPad, Enjoy Wi-Fi Anywhere”

  • Tom Chuong
    May 27, 2010

    wow

  • hannah
    May 14, 2010

    just email when ever

  • SpectreWriter
    May 5, 2010

    Yeah, right. The unlimited, no contract data plan for the iPad is $30 a month. You don’t even have to visit AT&T. The whole thing is done from right there on the iPad’s screen, painless and easy.

    Verizon, on the other hand, will charge you TWICE that EVERY month for 12-24 months, need it or not, like it or not. Sure, you can give your friends a hotspot, or give yourself wifi for a laptop too. But if you got a smartphone, you’re gonna have to pay for the data plan anyway. Now it’s nearly two data plans, and the cost over the term of the 2-year contract comes to 1440 + taxes for the Verizon data service. AT&T’s cost over 24 months is 720+ tax. In short, the difference in cost PAYS for the ipad entirely; I can have service and an iPad for $1440 with Apple and AT&T, or I can have just the service (and still have to pay for my own iPad) with Verizon? Please, don’t do me any favors!

  • enoch karnjay
    April 11, 2010

    i looking for a ipods to buy

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