Best Buy offering free 3G hotspots with any wi-fi iPad

Best Buy has started a new promotion that gives customers a free 3G wi-fi hotspot when they buy a wi-fi iPad. The only requirement is a two-year service contract with whichever carrier’s hotspot you choose: Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.

You can get an AT&T MiFi 2372, a Verizon Fivespot, or a Sprint Overdrive hotspot. These all have the capability of supporting up to five devices at once. Essentially, you’re saving $130, although you are forced to sign up for the aforementioned two-year contract.

 

 

Here are the upsides and downsides:

Downsides

  • Two-year contract
  • Extra device to carry

Upsides

  • You save $130 vs. a wi-fi + 3G enabled iPad
  • You can choose any of the Big 3 carriers

For anyone thinking of heading to a Verizon store to get a Verizon iPad, there’s really no reason to do that now. The Verizon iPad is just a wi-fi iPad with a Verizon MiFi 2200. It costs $130 more than the Best Buy deal.

These discounts will end on Jan. 2

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