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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-04-2011, 11:26 AM
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I found that the 3G on my iPad is a game changer. I travel a lot and it gives me connectivity everywhere all the time. You'd be surprised at how much you use it away from wifi networks (and how thinly spread the publicly accessible wifi networks really are). If you're careful and just use it for email and light web surfing you can get away with the free 100MB per month. Just don't download anything or stream any video. There was no question that I would buy the 3G Chromebook. That's part of the experience.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 09:29 AM
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^ Agreed...

Esp since, like the iPad it isn't a contract thing. You are not required to keep it for 2 years and x Service. If you use it once a year in a pinch...it paid for its self!
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 11:35 AM
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While I agree with many of the above comments, I also find it easier to use my phone to check email or quickly look something up than to open Chromebook. If you have a (more generous) data plan with your phone, like I do, 3G won't be quite as useful. Especially if you can run portable hotspot on the phone.
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 04:49 AM
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Does anyone know if the chromebook keeps track of data usage for you. Or will it cut off or go over and cause overage fees?
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 05:31 PM
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Does anyone know if the chromebook keeps track of data usage for you. Or will it cut off or go over and cause overage fees?
It does. When you're connected to 3G, it shows remaining amount of data for the current period.
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^nice. thanks
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-12-2011, 02:33 PM
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Based on the posts from this forum, I am leaning more and more to a 3g Chromebook rather than a WiFi only. Especially since pay-as-you-go data plans are available to boost the connectivity as needed rather than being locked into a cell provider contract. Seems like it would make the Chromebook a much more versatile and mobile device as well. Which of course is the whole point!

Now all I have to do is decide which one to get!
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