Chromebook Forum : Google Chromebook Forums

Chromebook Forum : Google Chromebook Forums (https://www.chromebookforum.com/forum/)
-   Samsung Series 5 Chromebook 12.1" Forum (https://www.chromebookforum.com/forum/4-samsung-series-5-chromebook-12-1-forum/)
-   -   Wi-fi vs 3G (https://www.chromebookforum.com/forum/4-samsung-series-5-chromebook-12-1-forum/479-wi-fi-vs-3g.html)

kmjrose 06-21-2011 02:55 PM

Wi-fi vs 3G
 
so, I am new to this, but I really like the idea of a fuller machine than a tablet, even though I might get a tablet when the new ones come out...what does it mean to have 3G and to have wi-fi? Wi-fi I can use in my house or some other place where there is a wireless internet connection, right? And 3G requires a data plan (like with my Blackberry) is that right?

Thanks.
Karen

Chrome-Guy 06-21-2011 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kmjrose (Post 3488)
so, I am new to this, but I really like the idea of a fuller machine than a tablet, even though I might get a tablet when the new ones come out...what does it mean to have 3G and to have wi-fi? Wi-fi I can use in my house or some other place where there is a wireless internet connection, right? And 3G requires a data plan (like with my Blackberry) is that right?

Thanks.
Karen

welcome to the forum.

you are right about what 3G and WiFi is.


Which chromebook are you going to get, the 3G(with wifi) or the WiFi only chromebook?

kmjrose 06-21-2011 03:39 PM

Thanks!! I am not as illiterate with this as I thought.

I am not sure what I am going to do. I just probably destroyed my laptop because the dog spilled a glass of water on it. So I am now desktop bound pretty much. So, I need a new computer. I am sort of thinking 3G, but since I have a phone and am seriously considering a tablet (why? I don't know, and I don't have lots of money so that may be a moot point) maybe I don't need 3G. I also have to wait for the Chromebook to be released, but not long...much indecision. Suggestions?
These chromebooks seem like a really good idea, not too big, but with a keyboard, unlike a tablet...???
Karen

Jason 06-22-2011 12:26 PM

The nice thing with the 3G is you get that free 100MB...so even if you don't want to pay a monthly bill..you can still check your email in a pinch. I have used it in the parking lot of my sons game to see if the coach cancelled practice or not....

woods 06-22-2011 03:48 PM

My house got broken into and the laptop was stolen. I am considering purchasing another one but right I am also desktop bound. If I was to get a Chromebook, it would have to be a Samsung 3G.

chroming 06-22-2011 04:43 PM

I would also go for the 3G as it's going to be more possible to get connected when I go out and about. Not all buildings have got wi-fi and I would love to be sitting in the park with my chromebook.

Jason 06-23-2011 03:51 PM

At the end of the day it is a 70 Dollar choice...I would say yes because if you use it once it is already worth it...esp in an emergency.

Lancer033 06-24-2011 02:44 PM

i went with the 3G just to have the option if i need it, but i keep it turned off. If i need it's there.

jjducky 07-03-2011 06:16 PM

I to was going wifi at first, but the more I thought about it the 3G would come in handy in the few places there isnt wifi. Im sure i would find them all! lol. It is more money up front but you do make it up with the free service in the long run. There is a setting to turn it off so you dont use up the data by accident, and there is also a setting to warn you when you are getting low. If i read correctly, it says there are no charges if you go over your allottment so i suspect they will cut your speed until the end of the cycle. Also, I would go with the Samsung simply because of the bigger screen. Size does matter with that. :D

Mcboor 07-04-2011 11:26 AM

I was considering getting the 3G version, but then I realized that I'd probably never need to use my laptop somewhere where wifi wasn't available anyway. It'd be nice to have just in case, but--- well, I don't think that "in case" would ever happen. So I think I'm just going to get the wifi-only version.

wfeiereisen 07-04-2011 11:26 AM

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.

Jason 07-05-2011 09:29 AM

^ 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!

legalalien 07-05-2011 11:35 AM

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.

cdmta 07-10-2011 04:49 AM

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?

legalalien 07-10-2011 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdmta (Post 4601)
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.

cdmta 07-11-2011 01:17 AM

^nice. thanks

cloudyone 07-12-2011 02:33 PM

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! :D


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome