AT&T CEO sees Apple iPad used mostly on Wi-Fi, not 3G

Run Windows on Mac OS X with no reboot!“AT&T Inc. expects users of Apple Inc’s iPad to connect to the Internet mostly using short-range Wi-Fi networks rather than AT&T’s cellular network, the chief executive of AT&T said on Tuesday,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters.

“‘My expectation is that there’s not going to be a lot of people out there looking for another subscription,’ he said during a webcast of an investor conference, adding that the device would be a mainly ‘Wi-Fi driven product,'” Carew reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ll take the Wi-Fi + 3G models, thanks. And here we thought that our confidence that AT&T’s 3G network will be able to handle the influx of iPad users couldn’t be any lower.


  1. I could see getting the 3G model, but only getting a subscription when I’m going out of town and will likely need the 3G access. Most of the time, it will work just fine using my home network.

  2. I’m amazed iPhone to iPad tethering ONLY (no other devices allowed) isn’t available in the US. I have only occasional need to use my iPad away from a wifi network. This seems like a no-brainer.

  3. I don’t want to, but I will probably pony up for the lowest 3G model and only use 3G a month at a time when I absolutely have to.

    I picture myself mainly using it on wifi.

    But ATT, you better be ready incase you are wrong and a lot of people do use your 3G network.

  4. I live in a great town. I have few problems with AT&T;. Sure I drop calls when driving through very predictable spots, but the FM radio signal gets a little fuzzy now and then, too and they have 100,000 watts of power. The 3G speed here is fast, too. I’m pretty happy.

  5. I thought the scheme was a no contract monthly enabling of 3G services for a (not too bad) price. If there are significant hardware differences between the 3G and WiFi models (like real GPS, not we know where your “cell tower is” sorta GPS) then the 3G model has significant non-3G functionality that the WiFi only model does not.

  6. I’d have to agree with him, though, I also see the iPad as primarily a WiFi device. 3G would be nice, but the extra $140 for it is a bit much. Web surfing will also burn through those megabytes awfully fast, making the luxury of 3G a bit expensive for my tastes.

  7. It is a bit distressing that they are being a little cavalier about the future needs of their network. Especially when you consider the problems and bad press they got over iPhone service. . . . Doesn’t AT&T;management understand how happy most people would be if they really mobilized and delivered the best coverage and the best service. The initial cost outlay would be daunting, but the business payoff is almost limitless.

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