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Ok...just thought of something..our plan is to get the Ipad2 but with WiFi only (since my DroidX already has the unlimited data plan)...so am I screwed here trying to use Facetime if I only have Wifi on the Ipad2???
Just a note - the iPads with WiFi only do not have a built in GPS receiver making it less useful for navigation. If you purchase the WiFi + 4G version (or 3G for the older versions) you do not have to sign up with a carrier to use the GPS features.


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I have used both. Face Time is much better than Skype JMHO.


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M GO BLUE wrote:

I'm more concerned right now with bumping up against our 2g limit using Facetime for the mobile hotspot on my phone...but since I am grandfathered into Verizon with an unlimited data plan we will use piblic wifi with the Ipad2 until I get a new phone (with a front camera) to use Facetime or similar at home


You could look at Foxfi in the "play store". You can use your unlimited data plan for wi-fi instead of being limited to 2 GB and it's "free". I have used it a few times to see how well it works before we travel this summer and it works prefect.


I have looked at FoxFi and have tried for a few seconds to see if it works...but how does Verizon react to this?




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M GO BLUE wrote:

Ok...just thought of something..our plan is to get the Ipad2 but with WiFi only (since my DroidX already has the unlimited data plan)...so am I screwed here trying to use Facetime if I only have Wifi on the Ipad2???
Just a note - the iPads with WiFi only do not have a built in GPS receiver making it less useful for navigation. If you purchase the WiFi + 4G version (or 3G for the older versions) you do not have to sign up with a carrier to use the GPS features.


My phone has the unlimited data plan so don't want to pay for an extra plan...as for GPS we have an older Garmin Nuvi that we have updated continuously with updated maps

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M GO BLUE wrote:

brobox wrote:

M GO BLUE wrote:

I'm more concerned right now with bumping up against our 2g limit using Facetime for the mobile hotspot on my phone...but since I am grandfathered into Verizon with an unlimited data plan we will use piblic wifi with the Ipad2 until I get a new phone (with a front camera) to use Facetime or similar at home


You could look at Foxfi in the "play store". You can use your unlimited data plan for wi-fi instead of being limited to 2 GB and it's "free". I have used it a few times to see how well it works before we travel this summer and it works prefect.


I have looked at FoxFi and have tried for a few seconds to see if it works...but how does Verizon react to this?


Dont tell Verizon. I have used all kinds of tethering. Rooted, and stock with Foxfi.

I havent used factime yet. But I have used Skype. Skype is bad on 3G. Very laggy. Might just be better off going to McD's or something to use it. Or get a 4G phone and try it.

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I havent used factime yet. But I have used Skype. Skype is bad on 3G. Very laggy. Might just be better off going to McD's or something to use it. Or get a 4G phone and try it.

3G doesn't have the bandwidth to support video conferencing well, that's why Apple only supports Facetime on WiFi. Now as to why Facetime is still WiFi-only on the new iPad (which is 4G and an order of magnitude faster than 3G) I have no clue.


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FaceTime is worlds better than Skype.. As much as I'm against apple, they for FaceTime right. We used to use Skype and there was always issues (Video would drop, even though signal was good, choppy picture .). All new apple products with wifi capability have FaceTime preloaded.


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M GO BLUE wrote:

brobox wrote:

M GO BLUE wrote:

I'm more concerned right now with bumping up against our 2g limit using Facetime for the mobile hotspot on my phone...but since I am grandfathered into Verizon with an unlimited data plan we will use piblic wifi with the Ipad2 until I get a new phone (with a front camera) to use Facetime or similar at home


You could look at Foxfi in the "play store". You can use your unlimited data plan for wi-fi instead of being limited to 2 GB and it's "free". I have used it a few times to see how well it works before we travel this summer and it works prefect.


I have looked at FoxFi and have tried for a few seconds to see if it works...but how does Verizon react to this?


Not a problem as far as any charges on my bill. I will not exceed the data I am paying for.


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We have 2-iPhone4S and one iPad2 and kids and grandkids have iPhones, iPad2 or iTouch. I agree FaceTime is better than Skype. We used Skype one month and went over our minutes.

But FT only works when we have the Cradlepoint on, even with the iPhones. Keep telling Grandkids to CALL first, then we'll plug in internet Wifi and talk at ya.


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The iPad 2 wifi only model works great with Facetime. I'm pretty sure with both iPhones and iPads that wifi means wifi by means of DSL or cable and that you won't be able to communicate via a cellular connection even if you wifi connect wirelessly to another cellular hotspot device. It has nothing to do with speeds as my former DSL wifi at home was often as slow as my old iPhone 3G. I think it has a lot more to do with the cellular traffic and if it was cellular enabled there would be an explosion of Facetime talk that the networks could not handle. Besides, even if you could establish a connection through a hotspot setup you would burn through your gigabyte allowance in no time.


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