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Cheapest way to get Mobile Internet Radio

by Paycheck44 / December 17, 2012 1:37 AM PST

I currently have a 1st gen ipad (with 3G) and an iphone 5. I spend a lot of time in the car and I only listen to podcasts using the TuneIn Radio app from the ipad. I sync both the ipad and the iphone to the car's Bluetooth, because I want to keep each device's audio independent.

Here's the question: I want to give the ipad to my daughter (since I only use it for Internet radio in the car), but want to still have a device that I can get Internet radio via cellular data. I considered the ipad mini, but I first wanted to see if anyone had a suggestion for a cheaper solution. From what I could find, there aren't many options other than the ipad.

Thanks in advance for any help!


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2012 1:43 AM PST

Such costs are all over the map. When we were overseas in South Korea you could get a MiFi (mobile wifi) device for cheap and a good price for the monthly fees. You'll have to shop in your town to see what these cost and then you should be able to pick your solution.

It would be too much to ask for a world wide answer with countries and states as well coverage in this small space.

Some new members forget to add details that help narrow the question down.

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by Paycheck44 / December 27, 2012 3:34 AM PST

My apologies for not providing more details.

What I am looking for is essentially an inexpensive tablet with 3G, 4G, or LTE. The ipad mini with LTE would be perfect, but it's much more expensive than I was hoping to spend (for the device itself). I am not as concerned with the cost of the data plan...all I care about is that the device has the ability to have one.

Thanks again and have a great day!


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"ll I care about is that the device has the ability to have
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2012 3:43 AM PST
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"ll I care about is that the device has the ability to have one. "

I'm guessing here that you have a price point. That's the easy thing to guess.

But if I step back I think you want to be able to have it later but not buy it now. Those cellular features are not cheap so they won't include it for free (in tablets.) But let's be clear on something. Some folk are confusing tablets with PCs. That is, they think we can add it later like we can with many PCs. That would again drive the cost up and would push the tablet cost to more than one that had the cellular modem preinstalled.

I see most folk will get a tablet with wifi and that's it. I think I can use my cell phone as a hot spot in a pinch.

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Further clarification
by Paycheck44 / December 27, 2012 7:04 AM PST


Thank you for such prompt responses.

I am specifically looking for an inexpensive replacement for my current 1st gen ipad w/3G.

The "all I care about..." comment was referring to the new device must be capable of receiving mobile data (similar to my current ipad).

From the research I've done, it appears the new Google Nexus 7 is going to be the least expensive option ($299). The purpose of my original post was to find out if there were any less expensive options.

Thanks again!


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The office is porting apps and I have the Nexus 7.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2012 7:09 AM PST
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It's very nice but we can use hotspots and cell phones as hot spots so we save a few bucks. If there's something specific I can answer about the Nexus 7 I can try.

I want to say that it's as close as it gets to a full Apple/PC for web browsing. Flash and more works now. A web site showed me how to install Firefox Beta and Flash without rooting.

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