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3G, 4G or Wi-Fi: What Is the Best Internet Connection for my Tablet?

Posted on June 17, 2013 by admin There have been 0 comments

If you are one of the numerous owners of a tablet, you may be considering the best way to get it online and at the right cost. A tablet with no connection to the web is very limited in how useful it can be.

Most tablet manufacturers (except Amazon Kindle) offer either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus 3G/4G options for internet connectivity. Wi-Fi only tablets are usually less expensive than the ones that have 3G/4G options. With wireless internet in your home or office or at any hotspot, you can browse the internet on your tablet for free or for a nominal fee with your Wi-Fi enabled tablet.

But with 3G or 4G connectivity, your tablet can always be connected (subject to availability of 3G/4G connectivity from your mobile operator) to the Internet. This however requires an extra cost for your mobile internet data.

What Can Wi-Fi Do For You?
The most cost-effective way to connect your tablet to the internet is via Wi-Fi.

Unlike smartphones, tablets are not generally used on the go and so always being connected to the Internet may not be worth the cost incurred. Wi-Fi only tablets come at a lower price and does not require you to pay extra costs for monthly or yearly subscription rates.

With wireless internet connection at your home or office, you can download content such as ebooks and open web pages you’d like to view later on to keep you busy when you are away from that area. If you use your tablet mostly at home or at work, then a Wi-Fi would suit you just fine.

What Can 3G/4G Do For You?
If you need to connect to the internet when out and about in places without wireless internet, then a 3G or 4G version might be the best option for you. To do this, you'll need to sign up to a deal from a mobile company and insert their Sim card into your tablet. You can pay daily, monthly or for the amount of data you use.

The main downside to 3G and 4G tablets is that they cost more than their Wi-Fi equivalents.

How to Stay Connected Always on Your Wi-Fi Without Buying a 3G or 4G Tablet
If you have a Wi-Fi tablet and are not in the Wi-Fi zone, there are two choices available for getting your tablet connected to the Internet.
1. Get a mobile hotspot (Mi-Fi)
2. Get Tethering option on your smartphone

Get a MiFi

A MiFi is a small and portable wireless device that gives you a permanent Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you go, thereby remaining connected to the Internet. You will however have to pay subscription rates for your internet data.

Get Tethering option on your Smartphone
This option, available on most Android, Blackberry and iPhone models, allows you to turn your Smartphone into a mobile hotspot. With this option, you can have 5 devices including your tablet and laptop connected to the Internet. When using this option, beware of any data limits your mobile phone contract offers and that there will be a battery drain on your smartphone.

So, if you need to connect to the Internet on the go, at locations away from your wireless connection quite often, then you should go for a 3G/4G tablet. But if you are often around a location with wireless connection for your tablet and don't require internet connection on the go, then get the cheaper Wi-Fi tablet.
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This post was posted in Phones & Tablets and was tagged with Android, iPad, Wi-Fi, Mi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Tablets

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