I just got a Verizon Ipad
3 and discovered it can be set up as a mobile hotspot (like a mifi) for no additional charge. At least in the US. This give 4G/LTE speeds to any computer or smartphone on the boat
You do pay for the data (shared with the data the Ipad
uses) of about $10/GB but there is no contract
. You can buy data as you need it. Just turn it on under "Settings". It's ready to go.
This may be old news to some but a really pleasant surprise to me.