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Keep 3G connections alive while also using WiFi iOS devices
IRC is blocked at my work and I enjoy sitting in the chat rooms for live podcasts on my lunch hour while I listen. I'm fortunate to have rolled my unlimited data iPad 1 plan over to my iPad 2, but sometimes being on 3G can get annoying. But I don't want to drop the chat room connection either.

If you have a service like IRC that's blocked by your WiFi or you'd prefer using 3G network than WiFi then this is the ticket.
  • Disable WiFi in the Settings app so that you are getting internet through 3G.
  • Connect your app to the service you want off of the local WiFi
  • Re-enable WiFi in Settings app.
  • Switch back to your app and see if the connection remained. I tested this working with Colloquy (IRC app).

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Keep 3G connections alive while also using WiFi
Authored by: MarkSieber on May 31, '11 08:08:40AM

Is there a way to do this with email? I've noticed that some public WiFi systems, particularly in hospitals, won't allow email to be checked, and unlike my MacBook Pro, iOS devices with Mobile Me won't let you check online (I get routed to the setup for the iOS app!)
I switch the WiFi off to check mail, and back on for internet use, but it's clunky.
Any ideas are appreciated!



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Keep 3G connections alive while also using WiFi
Authored by: dadditude on May 31, '11 06:25:28PM

To get around being able to check your MobileMe mail via web, use a third-party web browser that lets you change the user agent to make websites think you are using a desktop browser. I use the 360 Web Browser on my iPad, but I think it is universal.



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Keep 3G connections alive while also using WiFi
Authored by: marksch on Jun 01, '11 04:24:15AM

This does't work for me. As soon as I turn on WIFI, any new connection is made over WIFI instead of 3G.

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Keep 3G connections alive while also using WiFi
Authored by: Pablo Toledo T. on Jun 01, '11 09:52:09AM

Try reorder the network connections (System Preferences > Network > Set Service Order) and put your 3G connection first, then Airport, finally Ethernet.



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Keep 3G connections alive while also using WiFi
Authored by: Fofer on Jun 04, '11 04:54:56PM

This hint is talking about iOS, not MacOS.



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