The iPad 3G Alternative

The iPad 2 is due to arrive any time now.

My first generation wifi-only iPad has been nothing short of amazing. I can't remember what life was like before it came into my life. The one regret I have had is that there wasn't a 3G model out when I bought mine. (early adopter's syndrome).

When Verizon started selling the iPad a few months ago, they were only selling the wifi model. They bundled it with device called the 5 Spot. It's a small mifi that delivers a signal to up to 5 devices.....iPad, iPod Touch, laptop etc. This wasn't a new idea, nor was it a new device. What was new was the price and plan. Normally wifi units would sell for $100-$150 and plans were similar to cell phone plans...anywhere from $40-$80 depending on your usage.

The 5 Spot is free with a 2 year contract and is $35/month for up to 3 gigs of data. For me it was a no-brainer. If I bought a 3G iPad, it would have cost me $130 extra for the iPad and $40 or so for 250 mgs of data.

I am happy and satisfied with my 5 Spot. It allows me to use my iPad anywhere I have a signal.

I agree to stay satisfied even with the news that the new iPhone 4 from Verizon will allow tethering.

Don't you just love how technology keeps you wanting????


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<p>Steve Overton has been working with and providing tech support for realtors for more than 20 years. He was a Dale Carnegie Instructor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for 10 years. During that time, he bought his first handheld device — an Apple Newton — and hasn't looked back since.</P>
<p>Currently a realtor in Vermont at <a href="">KW Vermont</a>, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.</P>