iPhone Life magazine

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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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.

Currently a realtor in Vermont at Keller Williams Green Mountain Properties, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, and iPad. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.