Sprint Offers WiMAX-Enabled iPad With Overdrive + iPad Case

Sprint Offers WiMAX-Enabled iPad With Overdrive + iPad Case

Apple doesn't ship their iPad with a case of any kind. In fact, the Apple-branded iPad case is a stiff $40, so there's a good chance that iPad owners are looking for cheaper alternatives. Sprint, of all companies, hopes that you'll give their accessory shop a look before making a final decision. It's definitely not like Sprint to market cases, but we have to admit, this one is pretty funny.

It's called the 4G Case, and while it's obviously designed to hold your iPad, there' a front pocket there for something else. Something else being an Overdrive. The Overdrive is a portable 3G/4G (WiMAX) WWAN modem, which can connect to Sprint's 3G or 4G network (if you're in range), and then allow up to five devices to tap into that network over Wi-Fi. Apple's iPad has Wi-Fi, so you can make the connection: Sprint wants to offer you a 4G iPad (of sorts), and it's even making a case for you to carry around both devices with ease (and style).



To get the case, just stop by your local Best Buy. There's no price posted, but it'll probably be between $19.99 and $29.99. Of course, getting an Overdrive will cost you around $59.99 per month, so that 4G iPad won't come cheap.

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Hey so now you ipad fans don't have to wait for the ipad 3G version! You don't have to pay that 130 bucks extra to have it built in :P. But of course the overdrive cost might make up for that in a few months...

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I Agree with inspector 130 bucks extra is just too much, and this is pretty great!

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Oh yes, great idea. Take your no contract unlimited iPad 3G interface for $30.00/mo and take a 2yr contract at $60.00/mo. Then consider that you'll need to take to battery operated devices along (or more). Consider that Sprint 4G is available in very few locations (if you're in one and not moving great for you), so you'll be likely in CDMA 3G locations, where a) it's slower than the iPad 3G native interface, and b) you'll have a 5GB/mo cap, plus you won't get access to the ATT WiFI hotspots at Starbucks, Barnes Noble and McD's, or have global options.

I can only see the Sprint 4G Overdrive solution if you live and stay in a Sprint 4G area, have multiple devices needing mobile access, and rarely if ever travel beyond our borders, and bought only the iPAD with WiFI only.

Here's the math. With the iPad 3G, and the $30.00/mo unlimted data with ATT WiFI, you'll have paid off the entire iPad 3G before the 2yr contract for the Sprint Overdrive is over. Example iPad 3g 16GB is $629.00. iPad WiFI only is $499.00. Overdrive is $99.99. So that puts the 3G interface at zero against an Ipad WiFI only after month one, since data plan is $30.00 more than ATT 3G plan, along with cost of the Overdrive ($139.99). There after the Sprint plan is $30.00/mo more. $499.99 divided by $30.00/more/mo is 16.67 months, and your ipad is "paid off", with no contract, unlimited data and worldwide capabilies. Over 2yrs, you will have paid Sprint $1440.00 + $99.99 over $1600.00 with all fees. I don't think it makes sense but for the very few. You can payoff the 32GB iPad in 22 months. By the end of 2yrs with the Overdrive, ands its monthly service, that the iPad 64GB 3G config would have been nearly free when compared to the Sprint 4G overdrive, or any typical carrier $60.00/mo dataplan with 5GB cap. I'm just sayin'!

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WOW 4geo... Like i said it would be more expansive in the long run. I never said it was a great idea i was just saying it as a statement. But people with the wifi only version would either have to go with this or some thing similar or buy a new ipad...

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Now that is a good idea. This is why Sprint is going to start leading the way. Since the others are to worried about bashing each other on advertisements, instead of providing quality service and products that everyone wants.

Also this is a really nice case and with the Sprint logos all over it. It should be good for riding on the back of the Apple name recognition buzz, and prove very profitable and a good move on their part! When people realize that Sprint is what makes it work, they will more than likely go towards their Sprint store than the I-Store:) I respect them for taking the fight to AT&T from a customer satisfaction route.

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"Now that is a good idea. This is why Sprint is going to start leading the way."

More like shitting all over it's consumer base.

The overdrive service from Sprint is a complete joke. Slower than the $15 per month 1.5 MBPS DSL, less stable, and worse latency. Yeah, you can pick it up and take it with you, but using the internet while moving just makes all of that worse.

And don't even think about approaching the bandwidth speed limits they advertise, cause even if you do, your device will overheat. Do it enough times, and the battery will start to bulge and the device itself will die.

Why anyone would bother getting this service is beyond me. They'd have to be dumber than rocks to get it and stay with it.

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Well, that seems pretty annoying, I never thought there are worse services than AT & T. Beside I know few people who actually use Sprint on iPad and are not found complaining till now. Have you tried their Wimax?

If they are just trying to piggy-back on Apple with no quality services, that's really not going to work for them this way.

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Food for thought: Now that Ipad 3g is out, users all over forums report that Ipad 3g via att is restricted for video use. Abc player doesn't work and displays message saying can only be used on wifi connection. Netflix and Youtube are purposely downgraded to pixelated and unwatchable video. Basically, built in 3g with ATT on the ipad is good for basic (non-video) web surfing. Period. That is probably why the monthly cost is only $30 a month (after you pay the $130 ipad purchase premium).

If you instead use Verizon mifi or Sprint mifi or overdrive, then ipad treats it as a wifi connection (doesn't know it's 3g), and you get full web browsing, video streaming, etc. experience. Re Sprint vs Verizon -- Verizon more stable and in more places, but is only 3G and their device has reported signal problems (doesn't receive signal very well on the mifi); Sprint has option of 4G in certain places and growing, 4G side is unlimited data per month (3G on both V and S is 5gb a month capped), but overdrive device for some users reports stability problems (resets required) and has shorter battery life (4 hours for mifi on S and V, only 3 hours for overdrive on S), firmware update upcoming supposedly going to solve stability issues.

I have att 3g built into my laptop and have to say that over the past year, it has worked faster and faster -- agree that in reality, it works as fast as Clear and Sprint 4G on download and faster on the upload (have tested it all over Chicago). However, that is full service att data in a laptop. From forum reports on net, att 3g is restricted use in reality on the ipad (in other words, you won't get what you get from it on other devices like computers).

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