Sunday, March 20, 2011
Who Needs 3G for the iPad 2?
An article from wired.com takes a look at how consumers can save some serious cash by not buying 3G service for their iPad 2. It turns out consumers can just pay $20 a month and their iPhone can then be turned into a WiFi hotspot. If the consumers decide to pay for 3G service, it will cost them $130 and then a $15 monthly fee. It's very surprising to me that Apple would offer a service that could turn iPhones into a moving WiFi hotspot. It's a great idea, but Apple seems like they might be losing some serious money from this service. But this situation can be looked at from another perspective. People who thought that an iPad was useless without 3G, and didn't have the money to buy an iPad 2 with 3G capability, might decide to buy a cheaper iPad 2 without 3G capability. I also think Apple decided to offer this service since there are also several ways that consumers can turn their iPhone into a WiFi hot spot for free, by "jailbreaking" it. Apple probably just figures that if they don't offer the service, then consumers are just going to Jailbreak the phones, and their phones will be WiFi hotspots anyways. Also Apple might just be so successful that they don't really mind if people decide to not purchase the 3G service. Apple is probably making enough money off of the iPhone hotspot service. If I was going to purchase an iPad 2, I would seriously consider purchasing the one without the 3G service. I have my phone on me almost at all times, and it would be great if I could use it as a hotspot. Some people just feel more comfortable with the 3G service, and that is understandable. I think that the iPhone hotspot is a great service that a many consumers should consider when purchasing their iPad 2.