- CrackBerry Newbie
- 8 Posts
Should I wait for the 3G/4G or hop on the Wifi only playbook
I want the playbook with the 3G/4G built in, so that I can use it in more places. Can the Blackberry Bridge (BB) feature allow the Blackberry to serve as a modem? or the BB just push the emails onto the Playbook? If the BB allows the Blackberry to serve as a modem, would it be safe to assume that I don't need to wait for the 3G/4G playbook? and I will have Flash and Java through the BB ?
- 03-28-11, 02:14 PM #2
Everything points to being able to access the 3G network with your Playbook through your Blackberry, and that includes internet. Having said that, I do know that some carriers are going to start messing with 'tethering rules' and locking stuff down, so while the PB may have the functionality your carrier MAY screw you.
I have a 6gb plan with Rogers that includes tethering so I am going with the wi-fi only version. I always have my Torch with me so I can use my PB any where that I have signal. Plus, I have ZERO desire to pay for yet another data plan so being able to use my existing one is a huge plus.
As for the Java and Flash question, yes they will work with an internet connection through your BB. All your BB is providing is access to the net, everything else is Playbook based. Hope that helps.
- 03-28-11, 02:19 PM #4
Def agree with Cozmik. Personally I don't see the point in having a tablet with built in 3g/4g isn't it better to just get a Mifi device? That way you aren't locked down to just using one device you will be able to access 3g/4g through your laptop, phone, tablet, and whatever other devices that need access. Just personal opinion but seems like a more economical way to go about getting mobile internet on tablets and laptops. Only serious downside I see is that you would have to carry 1 extra thing around.
- 03-28-11, 02:20 PM #5
I read an interesting article the other day that was aimed at the iPad but fits here also.
It was about getting your tablets in wifi only and not spending the extra money for 3G/4G. The article went on to explain that since most smartphones can now tether and/or be a wifi hotspot, why spend the extra money for 3G/4G. Article made a lot of sense to me..
- CrackBerry Newbie
- 8 Posts
Thank you for your reply. I am with Sprint currently. My wife has a android phone and is paying $10/month for unlimited data for the whole family already. I don't mine upgrading my old phone to a Blackberry if that is all it takes for me to use the Wifi only playbook without waiting.
I do have a concern for this arrangement. Will I be draining battery on both the phone and the playbook at the same time doing this?
- 03-28-11, 02:25 PM #7
The BlackBerry can Bridge connect to the PlayBook to give you access to your email, calander and BBM, and then there will be a separate tether app. Bridging will be free, tethering we don't know yet.
- 03-28-11, 02:28 PM #8
- 03-28-11, 02:29 PM #9
Honestly I would say just get a WIFI only PlayBook. You will be able to do the same things as you would with a 3G or 4G one. You are not bound by a contract or anything. Why lock yourself in when there is no need to
- CrackBerry Abuser
03-30-11, 12:44 AM #12
- 286 Posts
I would buy the Wifi only version (in fact, I have already pre-ordered it). You will be able to bridge the Playbook to your Blackberry and you will have internet anywhere on the go.
Tethering will likely be charged for by the service provider, but, Tether BlackBerry, Tether Android | Tether.com will have an updated app to ensure you don't get charged for tethering.
- CrackBerry Genius
03-30-11, 08:32 AM #14
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- 03-30-11, 08:58 AM #15
- 03-30-11, 01:33 PM #17
Got my LTE hotspot yesterday and am going to get a WiFi playbook on April 19th. All I have to do is carry around a small hotspot device in the case I keep my PlayBook in and essentially, I have a LTE PlayBook. $50 a month for 5GB. it's $80 a month for 10GB. Only thing is you're locked in a contract. Otherwise, it's the best option I think.
- 03-30-11, 01:54 PM #18
Not sure if this is answered but, does the Playbook required to go through BIS/BES?
Reason I ask is this...
With my BB phone, if I turn off Mobile Network, I retain my service books.
If I goto another country while the Mobile network is off, I can still access BBM and email though wifi.
If I buy a sim card from the other country an use it, it will delete all my service books rendering wifi useless.
What would happen if I goto another country, buy a local sim that does not have BIS plan, like Hongkong, and use the sim?
I know the sim will delete my service books on the phone. When I bridge PB to BB, does that mean I won;t have access to BBM or emails cause it's not going through BIS?
- 03-30-11, 02:06 PM #21
Other options for LTE WiFi Hotspot:
1yr contract is $169 AFTER $50 mail in rebate.
Month to Month is $269
- CrackBerry Genius
03-30-11, 03:10 PM #22
- 3,898 Posts
My $.02; get the wifi version.
It is around the corner but no garauntee when 3g/4g will be out.
Yea, we have heard some projections; but after what we just went through with RIM regarding release info about the playbook, do you dare believe anything from them anymore?
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- CrackBerry User
03-30-11, 03:17 PM #23
- 18 Posts
- 03-30-11, 03:18 PM #24
Some people want 3G/4G built in because they don't own a smartphone and just want internet access wherever they go.
If you have a mifi device, now that's two things you have to keep charged when you hit the road.