Hi We are looking at getting an iPad but are mainly wanting it for iTunes. We dont have wireless at home, so was wondering whether I will be able to plug in my USB internet connection into the side of it like do my work laptop to access the internet that way? i dont want to get a sim card or whatever for it and have to fork out for another internet plan....
No, you can't plug in an Internet dongle that way. But if your computer at home is a laptop (and has wireless) you should be able to set up a mini wireless network and get Internet access that way.
Or you can get a prepaid sim and just top it up with 20 or 30 dollars when you want to use it. You only get 30 days though before it expires. Or you can pay $180 and get 1 year before it expires. That's with Telstra, other companies might have some other options for you. I know that's not what you were after but at least you aren't locked into a plan.
Do you want to download movies/music etc? That uses lots of MBs too. Do you just want to stream stuff from your computer to the ipad/tablet? If so, you need to set up a wifi network (which doesn't cost anything except the access point/router), if your modem can't do it.
Edited by spersephone, 28 January 2013 - 01:47 PM.
Thanks girls. Yes I do have a mobile but not enough data allowance to be of much assistance. We're basically wanting it for our iTunes library, to purchase music every so often and to occasionally surf the net. The prob is that I need my USB Internet for work and need the mobility outside of home that it offers so I'm trying to avoid going to wireless
You'd have to work out if it would be cheaper to buy extra data for your mobile plan, or buy a 3G iPad with it's own plan. I expect the former will be more economical. I have 1GB data with my mobile plan and bought an extra $5 data pack which gives me 250MB more. That does me for a month, although I use the wireless network at home.
Or get a different brand of tablet with a USB port.
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