What do you use the 3g for?

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    Hi all,

    I have recently got myself a PS4 and have decided that I would get a PS Vita for some remote play and when I am away from home.

    I have been doing some reading and can't quite fathom out whether I should get the wi-fi only or 3g model.

    Most of the reviews I have read seem to suggest that there is little or no gaming to be had using the 3g, but this could be the wi-fi only owners justifying not having it!

    Do you have the 3g or wi-fi only model? How and what do you use your 3g for?

    A hopeful thanks in advance for your input!
     
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    I have a wifi version and honestly the 3g would be nice sometimes, but I would not use it enough to justify another monthly cost for the rarities a game will benefit by having internet access. Persona 4 Golden is one game where it would be useful, but it's not necessary and that's the only game where being online gives you any real benefit in game.
     
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    Wifi only here. I have no idea what you'd really use 3G for. It would have too high a latency for online gaming and downloads would be too big. Apart from being able to message and email on the move, I don't know why I would use 3G with the Vita.
     
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    Short answer, absolutely nothing.

    Got a 3G Vita because it was no more expensive than wifi only. Got a PAYG SIM with it, browsed a couple of websites but then pretty much only used it to synch trophies, never bothered to top up when it ran out. Data in the UK (on a PAYG basis) is just too expensive to be useful for downloading anything or playing remotely or online. For pretty much every non-gaming online functionality (email, web) I would use my phone ahead of the Vita.

    Fortunately as a Sky broadband customer I have free, unlimited access to The Cloud wifi which is pretty easy to come by in London and the SE.
     
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    I went for the wifi, if i need 3G I can tether to my phone and it's only one plan that way.

    Those with 3G have you considered an ovivo data sim? £20 upfront gets you 1Gb a month, if you use it occasionally it could be handy to have but it won't cost you anything a month after the up front cost. You can also get £10 of it back in PSN credit via text
     
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    How can you tether to it? Oh, you must have done the tether option through your phone? I wish I did that tbh cuz I have unlimited on my phone but they won't let me pay for the tethering unless I get out of my grandfathered contract and pay the same a month for only 2g of data... EFF THAT!!!

    I used at least 40gb of data a month (lots of Netflix and music streaming) so no way in hell am I changing that. I tried to upgrade my phone recently and they said I have to get rid of my unlimited for that as well because it's "uncompatible"... HAHA YAH RIGHT!!!

    I gave the upgrade to my son's phone, ordered it on his since he has the 2gb for $30 a month data plan and then put my sim card in it and am now the proud owner of a Galaxy Note 3 with full unlimited data. The funniest part was they tried to do it sneakily when I was going it on the website, but when I questioned their ridiculously named stuff (that doesn't clue you in to what they are trying to do) I made the lady spell it out via the chat and I told her it was shady as hell for them to do that and that I'm not going to upgrade then.

    I was fuming and almost went for a different provider till I figured I could transfer the upgrade and do it that way, lol.
     
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    I wondered what you was talking about then remembered where you live :D

    I'm on three's one plan with unlimited data and tethering (nice for £15 a month) and set up a WiFi hotspot on my nexus 4, my vita was run off that for the first 3 months until we moved back to our permanent residence. It works well this way as I only have a single plan, truly unlimited data and a faster connection, if I upgrade to 4g it'll be even faster. Also the vita just sees it as WiFi so doesn't stop me doing anything that 3g built in shouldn't do.
     
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    Ooh, that looks really interesting.
     
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    I believe the 3G has limits on what you can download (kind of like the iPhone does) and a lot of the online games can't be used with it. I decided not to bother as at launch there was a hefty price difference between the 2 models.

    I tether mine to my unlimited data iPhone and have no download limits...although strictly speaking I'm breaching the terms of my phone contract.:censored:

    I have a feeling the 3G model's days are numbered, there is no slim 3G model and in Japan they still sell the old shape 3G model - I expect this will be phased out sooner or later. So if you want one, don't leave it too long.
     
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    It's useful, I've got one with the phone plan in an old phone as a backup, it runs off Vodafone so for the odd call when three has nothing I can make a call. Its a good choice for the vita though as you won't use it much
     
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    not to sidetrack too much, but ovivo is £18 to sign up this weekend if anyone was after the sim card for their vita
     

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