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.