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????