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  1. So I bought an iPhone 4. FOR WORK.

    The idea was that I could run the business from anywhere, taking e-mails and tethering my laptop so I could access the company website. Supposedly I bought the 3G model - but how do I know it's working? The first thing it did when I turned it on was ask me for a wireless access point. I don't see how a 3G phone would need WiFi. The model # is MC677LL/A and it supports EV-DO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz), if that means anything.

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    2. Use

      Use

      Maes said:

      The last person I heard this idea from was also convinced that she could use an iPad for composing music while walking around the house.


      Never talk to this person again.

    3. Maes

      Maes

      Use3D said:

      Never talk to this person again.


      Done.

      And just to keep OT:

      esselfortium said:

      Er.. What trouble? Unless there's something in another thread, all he's done is ask why it uses wifi.


      As for that, any sanely programmed "wireless Internet communication device" has a wifi fallback option for when you're in range of a known access hotspot. Several reasons to do that:

      • Using unlimited, cost-free and generally faster internet access when this is possible, to avoid paying unnecessary data traffic.
      • Avoid being limited by the 3G network (assuming it even exists).
      • Connecting to a particular private network (realistic, for wireless intranets) rather than open internet.
      You could even consider the 3G connectivity to be a fallback itself (relative to the cheap & fast WiFi access). No wonder that most smartphones have their WiFi sniffer on by default (you can turn it off though, and on Android devices you can selectively shut off the WiFi module or data access through the cell network, or have both on with WiFi getting priority, for the above reasons).

      Older "smartphones" (non-Android, non-iOs, non-blackberry etc.) or rather, hi-end "normal" cell phones only had Internet access through GSM/GPRS/3G network, without any possibility of WiFi tethering (some didn't even have data cables, IR ports or Bluetooth, so the only way to get data on them was paying the phone company $$$ and use HTTP downloads over WAP).

    4. Planky

      Planky

      I whored myself and got an Ipad 2. No real use for one, except I havent stopped using since I got it. So there must be a real use in there.

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