How to Stuff a Verizon 3G Connection into an iPad

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Take the phone off the hook, send the kids to Grandma’s, and light some aromatherapy candles as you prepare to hunker down for a weekend of iPad modding. If you want to stuff a Verizon 3G connection into your iPad, that is.

Assuming you have the chops to crack open your iPad, remove AT&T’s 3G module, and solder the innards of a Verizon MiFi router to various iPad parts, you’ll no doubt realize that you’ll be voiding the warranty on both your iPad and your MiFi. Also, you’ll lose GPS connectivity on the iPad as well. But—BUT!—you’ll gain the ability to use your iPad as a Wi-Fi hotspot. So there.

If you’ve got the will, the talent, and the tools to do all this, then follow the instructions on this guy’s blog post. I don’t know what his name is, but let’s call him Ballsy McModderfingers.

The end result, according to an initial speed test, is an 1192 kbps download speed and a 693 kbps upload speed on the Verizon-ified iPad versus a 193 kbps download speed and 42 kbps upload speed on an AT&T equipped iPhone 3G. Two different devices, yes, but it’s still a huge speed difference.

[ via Ars Technica]

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