I decided to publish this post after a chat with a friend who is looking to buy the iPad2, but she is not sure which model to choose.
There are 2 main factors that determine the price of iPad2: (1) memory (measured in gigabytes), and (2) WIFI/Cellular. This post is based on the second factor.
The iPad2 3G model costs R1,100 more than the one with WIFI only! We do not have many WIFI hot spots or WIFI routers in our homes in Mzansi, let alone the fact that there is a limited range of 3G routers that are compatible with all mobile operator data cards (I have been looking, until now). As a result, many people would consider spending the additional amount for the iPad2 3G model.
Thanks to the wonderful world of technology, there is an alternative solution. You can buy the iPad2 with WIFI only, and a Huawei mobile wireless modem (called MIFI) that costs just under R1,500. The key reason why you must consider this option, is that you can wirelessly connect 4 additional devices on your MIFI. While MIFI has been in the market for 2 years, it has limited awareness in Mzansi. Like all the other Huawei mobile modems, MIFI is a “plug-and-play”. I connect a Mac, a PC and iPhone to my MIFI and it works a like a charm. This makes it a great value for money.
MIFI is small, it weighs only 1.5kg, and its battery life lasts up to 5 hours. This allows me to keep it always on in my pocket or bag while mobile and I am able to browse the net, download mobile apps, be on WhatsApp and make Skype calls on my wirelessly connected iPhone. It is worth mentioning that I use Vodacom for voice calls and Cell C for data, and I am able to switch between the two seamlessly on my iPhone.
Your nearest iStore is the best place to purchase the Huawei E583X-597e. Huawei has recently released the latest E586 that is said to have connection speed that is 40% better. One hopes this model will be available in the country soon.
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