I recently bought an iPad to help with my commute to and from work each day on the bus. I got the 4g version thinking I would buy the data plan from Verizon so I can access the Internet. However, Verizon would not work with me as an existing Verizon wireless unlimited data plan holder on my Droid Razr. I needed a way to get internet on my iPad without going broke paying for it, based on Verizon’s pricing.
“We offer data packages for the iPad on the pre-paid service. Data packages start at 1GB for $20, 2GB for $30, 5GB for $50, and 10GB for $80.” – Jeremy, Verizon Support
I would most likely be using the 10GB for $80, but I refuse to pay that out of principle. The first rule on running a business is retaining customers. If a customer wants to give you more money, you find a way to work with them and make sure they are happy. They continued to explain that they couldn’t even give me the double data for the same price, that they already do with new Smart Phones. It’s alright, I am using my superior knowledge in technology to obtain a similar end result without paying any more money.
I actually realized this while I was without Internet when I first moved into a new apartment. I connected my Mac Book Pro to my Razr using Bluetooth. I then shared my Internet connection on my Mac. I took that same idea and applied it to my iPad. The result was a 4g connected iPad through a 4g smartphone via Bluetooth.
It isn’t exactly perfect since I am relying on my Razr to have battery and a strong enough signal to stay connected. It doesn’t seem to like playing Netflix or Hulu plus, depending on my connection, but I may need to look into it further.
I was able to bypass Verizon’s mobile hotspot provisioning system by understanding technology. Due to the fact that Verizon wanted to charge me $80 for 10 gb of data, I chose to pay nothing extra and get unlimited data that I am already paying for.