Apple iPad and MiFi 2200 bundle for Verizon Hands-on
Verizon is selling different bundles of the iPad, along with their MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot device. You can purchase the Apple iPad (Wi-Fi model) with either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal memory along with the MiFi 2200 for $629.99, $729.99, or $829.99 respectfully. (These are also the same prices that AT&T is selling their 3G iPad for, though it has 3G data built into it). When going this route, the iPad connects to the MiFi 2200 over Wi-Fi, and in turn the MiFi 2200 connects to Verizon’s EVDO Rev A data network. Because of this, you’ll need a data plan, which costs $20 for 1GB a month, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB a month. Unfortunately, Verizon doesn’t offer an unlimited data plan. If this isn’t your cup of tea, but you still want an iPad, you can simply purchase it from Verizon without the MiFi 2200 for $499.99 (16GB), $599.99 (32GB), or $699.99 (64GB). But remember that you’ll be limiting your internet connection, though no one is stopping you from buying a MiFi 2200 or Global FiveSpot later on.
Since there are no changes to the design of the iPad or to its software, we’re not going to cover that here, so you may want to check out our earlier review of the device. What we were curious about is what type of data speed the iPad would get while using the MiFi 2200, opposed to a home broadband Wi-Fi connection. When using the iPad along with the MiFi 2200, we averaged during the day around South FL about 500-800 Kbps for download speed and 300 Kbps for uploads. Then later at night when there is far less network congestion, we were able to get close to 1.2 Mbps for downloads and 720 Kbps for uploads. While these aren’t blazing speeds, they are about what we expected, and are fast enough for using the iPad while you’re on-the-go. Most basic web sites loaded in under 10 seconds, though more graphically intensive sites, such as PhoneArena.com could take 30-40 seconds to load. We were also able to stream movies via Netflix without any problem, though it did take about 30 seconds to buffer at the beginning, but once the movie started there was no lag or stuttering. Watching clips from YouTube also worked without a hitch. We then connected the iPad via Wi-Fi to our home broadband cable internet, which is rated at 25 Mbps and ran the same test. This time around, the iPad was getting close to 20 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. Web pages also loaded much faster, even PhoneArena loaded in under 10 seconds. When accessing a movie in Netflix, the beginning buffer only took about 12 seconds before the video started to play.
In all honestly we’re not sure why Verizon has started to sell the iPad almost 7 months after its introduction, though it might have something to do with AT&T now selling the iPad with built-in 3G. This may also be a precursor to Verizon selling more Apple products down the line. In any event, we would have preferred this iPad to come with 3G EVDO built into it, instead of requiring the use of the MiFi 2200 that you need to carry around as well, though it is pretty small and fits in a pocket easily. What we’d like to see for the next iteration of the iPad is for it to come equipped with 4G that would use Verizon’s LTE network to provide faster data speeds. At this point, the current iPad and MiFi 2200 are an OK bundle if you want to use it on Verizon’s 3G network, through you have to carry around two devices, as opposed to a single device with AT&T’s 3G iPad.
1. whitemeat22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Great part of this bundle is that its month to month like ATT, but Verizon gives many more data plan options as compared to ATT. Also because the MIFI has no contract you can easily upgrade the device to the LTE version once it is for sale, compare that to ATT only 3G verison that you will be stuck with unless you want to drop another 700.00... Verizon seems like the Better option!
8. Jojofromdabay (Posts: 39; Member since: 06 Apr 2010)
i would buy the ipad from some where else an buy the mifi from verizon if i wasn't getting it from at&t with 3g because they are charging you the same price for both seperate.
2. Jake15 (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)
couldnt you just buy the ipad from the verizon store and then buy an ATT plan, since they haven't changed the software then you should be able to, but it would cost you more tho than just buying it from att
3. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Sorry Jake vzw is only selling the wifi version of the iPad. Only the 3G version can ride att's faster-when-u-can-get-it-if-u-can-get-it-3G network.
6. Joe (unregistered)
Wouldn't the better comparison have been the VZW/MiFi speeds as compared to the ATT 3G version !?!
9. JJ (unregistered)
I want to live where you are that you can get a 20 Mbps download at your home! Wow, pretty stupid comparison phone arena... compare to AT&T or don't compare at all.
10. Vikdum wun (unregistered)
As JJ said that was a bad comparison on PhoneArenas part, you cant take your at home WiFi connection with you and they forgot to mention that you can connect up to 5 internet devices to the MiFi at 1 time anywhere on Verizon's 3G network, so the benifits out weigh any other option such as ATT's 3G model.
11. mightyVZW (unregistered)
VZW ipad mifi, at&t Who? come on man get on the vzw wagon if ur smart...
12. JinPDX (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2009)
Vikdum wun is right. The BIGGEST advantage is that with the bundled Verizon package you can use your 3G connection in more places and on more devices. Verizon also offers more usage plans to fit your needs.
I would rather pay $35 dollars a month and have 3GB to share between my laptop my IPad and my kids IPod touch when we are on the go than $25 and have 2GB locked down on my IPad when I happen to come accross some AT&T 3G coverage. Yes you have to carry two devices but the second is not much bigger than a credit card. For me the Verizon bundle is a no brainer.
13. jherz6 (Posts: 216; Member since: 23 May 2008)
This all may be true but I find the ipad even when connected to mifi or a other such connection to be to slow. My Droid X is a lot faster than the ipad.
14. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
Thank you for your comments. We will update the speed comparison if we are able to test the AT&T 3G iPad.
15. capicua (unregistered)
The AT&T iPad is 3G and Wi-Fi..
16. pinns8 (unregistered)
You can buy the wifi iPad and buy the mifi from Virgin mobile, which is owned by Sprint, and pay $40/mth for unlimited data. Much cheaper than Verizon's data plan and faster.
17. REALLY? (unregistered)
Yeah, Virgin Mobile is usually up there with Verizon and the gang for coverage... you can't be serious pinns8.... Virgin Mobile? There's a good reason it's unlimited for $40/month.
18. Lightkeeper (unregistered)
I already own the MIFI 2200 and considering purchasing an I Pad. Is this an issue?
19. hooher tod (unregistered)
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