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Initial post: Dec 19, 2012 3:01:03 PM PST
J Godwin says:
I have a friend in an assisted care facility (yeah she is old) and they have no computers there for people to use and no wifi. She has a cell phone and says 3G is working well on it. She is a technical writer and has always had computers. Needless to say, she is unhappy and bored in her current situation. What is the best solution for her? I looked at the Kindle Fire HD 4G and the Chrome 3G. Are they the only ones?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 8:17:36 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I'm hardly an expert on 3G stuff but no-one else has answered so I'll share what I know from reading these and other forums.

First be aware that 3G isn't really a replacement for Wifi. It'll let her do some of the things she might do on Wifi, such as email, web browsing, etc. But it won't let her stream videos to any extent. Or, if she gets a plan that will and she does stream or download videos it'll become very expensive.

That said, there are essentially 2 approaches to getting 3G (or 4G) access. One is to buy a device that has that capability built in, and there are a number of these, or get a portable Wifi hotspot. That's a little battery operated box, usually pocket size, that connects via 3G and emits a Wifi signal she can connect to with any device that has Wifi. In fact since she has a 3G phone, that might serve as a hotspot. She'll have to get in touch with her carrier to ask about that but many phones do have that capability. They'll probably charge extra for that even if she already is paying for data but it's not a huge charge.

If she uses a hotspot than any tablet or computer with Wifi will work for her, and that includes most tablets and laptops these days. If she already has a laptop or a tablet she's probably ready to go.

Barry

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 10:49:10 AM PST
J Godwin says:
Thank you.
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