Techie Gives iPad Verizon Internet Access
A person very comfortable around electronics has hacked open an iPad and replaced its AT&T 3G components with a Verizon MiFi device.
The motivation? To get the iPad on a faster network than AT&T's much-maligned one.
A Verizon MiFi is a credit card-size Wi-Fi-enabling device. Inside its black case, however, the important parts of the MiFi are comparatively small, and are on par with the AT&T 3G card inside an iPad.
After gutting some parts of the iPad to allow the MiFi device to fit, along with some soldering and rewiring, the hacker did succeed in making the iPad access the Internet at a quicker pace.
In the process, the iPad lost its GPS and the bass portion of its sound – not to mention its warranty (though this was apparently already shot for the device prior to the modification).
As a bonus, the whole iPad now acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot, so other nearby devices can share its Internet access.
The detailed, do-it-yourself how-to appears on the Dish Network Blog.