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April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

A key feature of the new Verizon iPad is the Hotspot feature. It's included in the data plan (no extra charge) and offers the ability for 5 of your devices to use the 4G LTE speed of the Verizon iPad. Yes, with it, you can now have a true 4G LTE iPhone too!

The service is pretty awesome and makes me truly mobile. Given that hotspot devices cost about $200 without contract, your iPad at $630 for the 16 Gigs 4G model becomes a lot more affordable if having a hotspot device was something you were considering.

Of course, as the devices will use your iPad 4G plan, be careful with what you do. Movies and videos may use a lot of bandwidth and/or data usage. Also, be careful if you use your laptop and have your cloud or backup settings on. Same thing with software updates. Turn off the automatic download and only download at home with your cheap WiFi. Under these conditions, with some light website surfing but normal use of iPad, I averaged less than 1 Gig over 2 weeks, or about 2 Gigs/month. Not bad for $30 a month. Of course, if you download apps software updates on your iPad, this will cost you a lot of data use so postpone these until you get home.

Sometimes with my MacBook Air, I encounter some challenges with pairing, but these are resolved quickly. I go to Settings / Personal Hotspot on my iPad, and turn off the Personal Hotspot then back on. I then turn off my WiFi on my Mac, then back on and it finds the iPad WiFi network. I would recommend renaming your iPad for your privacy (ie not using your full name) and make sure you enter a WiFi password too. In terms of WiFi, Bluetooth or USB connection, I prefer WiFi for its speed, ease of use, and security. Speaking of security, I strictly turn off the Personal Hotspot when I'm done with surfing with my other devices. It's just better to be careful. When you're using the Personal Hotspot, it tells you how many devices are connected to your iPad. So if you see 4 connections and you thought you were the only one using it with only your laptop, you can monitor and manage that. Pretty neat.

If for any reason the Personal Hotspot section is greyed out and you can not turn it on, make sure that your Cellular Data connection is on. If it is, you may want to shut down the settings application and relaunch it. Or perform a reset.

Enjoy surfing at 4G speed!

Enjoy!

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