The Third Device

A blog about the iPad.

Other 3G options

If you can’t make up your mind whether not you want the 3G iPad vs the WiFi, here are a couple of options to consider. All of these presume that you have a 3G USB modem or a mobile phone subscription with a data plan, preferably unlimited.

Portable wifi routers – As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been using the Cradlepoint PHS 300 with some success. There are other choices out there such as the Huawei MiFi, and the D-Link MyPocket 3G which my cousin John swears by; however I have no personal experience with these units.

Convert an old cellphone into a wifi router – if you have an old phone with WiFi, you might just be able to use it to feed an internet connection to your iPad. My friend Kai uses a highly rated program called JoikuSpot on his Nokia, and there’s also a program called WalkingHotspot for both Nokias and Windows Mobile. In real world use, these programs reportedly drain the cellphone battery in about an hour or even less so have a mobile phone charger handy in your car or bag.

Put that old Nokia to good use.

Use your Apple laptop – This may seem like an odd suggestion but believe me, it works. It took a few weeks for my Cradlepoint to arrive from the US, and I quickly realized that a WiFi iPad without WiFi is pretty crippled.

So in the meantime, while stuck in traffic in the car, I would take my MacBook Pro out, stick in my Sun USB 3G modem, and send the internet connection to my iPad by activating the Sharing function of my laptop’s AirPort card. I would usually also dim the laptop screen to get maximum battery life , way more than you’d get from any of the above devices.

So why not just use the laptop itself instead of the iPad? Well yeah, but where’s the fun in that?

Sharing is good. Check your System Preferences pane.

Hope this post was of use to some of you . (Yes, you Robbie! Congratulations on your new iPad!)


May 3, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. thanks! i’ve decided to get a Nokia E63 and take the JoikuSpot route (i need a new phone actually, suddenly the iPhone interface feels sloooow). will probably consider the 3g routers you mentioned once they’re available locally.

    Comment by Robbie | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. JoikuSpot, unfortunately, runs on IBS mode instead of a real AP-mode. Legacy devices and even some newer devices (BlackBerrys) do not connect to IBS networks 😦

    Comment by Anton | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Vic, got the MyWi running on a Jailbroken iPhone with a Sun Unlimited Broadband sim. It’s so sweet. 🙂

    I’m loving the Apple gadgets…except for the fact that I need to use iTunes. Eccch. Hehe.

    Comment by Aids | May 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Awesome! How’s battery life? Care to do a guest review?

      Comment by Vic | May 21, 2010 | Reply

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