Did my test in So Cal. Covered many parts. Orange, LA, San Bernardino counties. Vzn had great LTE. Got slow in a couple spots. But that happens with any carrier. This confirms why I went with Vzn. Hopefully Att's LTE map will broaden or they may lose our business when a LTE iPhone comes out. Been with AT&T for 12 years. Would hate to leave as their LTE is very limited out there.
- 04-09-2012, 08:55 AM #52
I know people mention the HSPA+ speeds on AT&T while posting screenshots of 7mpbs or more. The frustrating thing is, i've never seen this kind of speed on AT&T, not even in areas where it's "4G". Just for the fun of it, i'm on Verizon 3G yesterday with the ipad. It's around 1mbps vs iphone 4S (att "4G") getting around 2.5mbps. Browsing still seemed a bit faster on verizon vs tethering off iphone.
I do realize i'm not likely to see the faster hspa+ speeds til i get an ipad or phone supporting higher speeds. The iphone 4S only supports HSDPA 14.4 while the new ipad "brings a new 42Mbps HSPA+ radio for AT&T, Canadian, and international carriers that support it. (Technically dual 21Mbps HSPA+ radios.)"-- http://www.imore.com/2012/03/19/ipad...a-radio-tests/. Hopefully in a couple years, i won't care and LTE will be abundant.
One of these days i'll have to throw an AT&T SIM in my verizon ipad and see if the hspa+ speeds are any better. I haven't seen anyone really posting speedtests for this.
- 04-09-2012, 10:33 AM #53
I chose Verizon because, from my experience...I get both much better customer service, and much better phone/data service with Verizon. I used to work for both companies, and got to see them inside and out, and for a long time, I was a customer of both companies. Att's hsdpa was faster and is faster than evdo rev A...but not that much faster to make me really care. The only thing that I liked more about AT&T was the ability to talk and use the web at the same time. Now with LTE...Verizon has soo much more coverage, and when it comes to the iPhone, I'll also be able to talk and surf the net at the same time.
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- 04-10-2012, 09:30 AM #55
I always come back to read this forum, and I'm kind of wondering if I should get the AT&T model while I have the time. I mean 3gb for $30, that's great but I have Verizon cell service. I thought about doing the tethering thing but that was just not happening. I do travel a lot and to Canada so I'm hoping it'll work for me there. I haven't been there since I had Verizon. Btw my model is vzw. Thoughts?
- 04-10-2012, 09:43 AM #56
I exchanged for the AT&T model last night (with no problem either..i was worried it was too late since i've had the Verizon ipad since launch). If the Verizon one worked as it should, I might not have. But it has problems connecting to 3G, especially in extended areas. I need something that works now.
AT&T just lit up everything around me in dark blue ("4G") so this made the decision easier. I'm seeing triple the speed on it already vs my iphone. Hate giving up hotspot and LTE where i work, but I need it to work around home area too.
I'll give Verizon another look later. Ideally, it'd be when i don't HAVE to worry about 3G and it's simply LTE all around.
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- 04-10-2012, 11:43 AM #58
I chose Verizon because my 4s is on at&t and signal strength is glitchy. VZW is also better for travel to many of the larger cities where at&t coverage is similarly spotty...or worse. Ultimately with one device on each carrier and both devices with me most of the time, I will have coverage pretty much anywhere.
Having said that, the LTE leaves something to be desired. At some point pretty much every day, I have to disable LTE to load anything - reverting to 3G. This does not happen automatically (as I thought it should...) - instead it will churn away on LTE without loading, so I disable and return to Safari, where page loads on 3G with no problem. I then have to remember to re-enable LTE after some time has passed, which means I wind up using on 3G as often as on LTE.
The wi-fi is spectacular. Grabs the signal when I get to work and holds it all day. Speed can vary on wi-fi, but that is the network here rather than the iPad or VZW.
- 04-10-2012, 11:56 AM #59
I've learned in the past, you buy what works now. Not what should work later.
- 04-10-2012, 12:42 PM #60
I honestly bought this more for the retina display and not LTE. My iPad 2 was wifi only and I figured if I'm buying another I should get cell data with it. LTE has better coverage for me on Verizon, but if I go to 3G I can depend more in HSPA+ being faster on AT&T which it is. I've experienced it already with my 4S and am very happy with the speeds I'm getting. Equally as happy about it with the iPad. Plus, I know I'd hit 2 gigs on Verizon way too soon. Having 3 gigs as opposed to 2 gigs is like night and day for me.
- 04-10-2012, 10:34 PM #61
I'm seeing that on a lot of the forums, people bought the VZW just for the hotspot feature. I won't be using it to tether, anything! That doesn't make or break anything for me, at all. My main focus is the data we're paying for. I know their LTE is faster that AT&T but is their 3G faster than AT&T's 4G? What a lot of people fail to realize is that both models say LTE when its on LTE.... 4G and 3G isn't LTE. Sort of thinking along the lines like Forever29. I'm just not sure of AT&T's coverage!
Since the iPhone's 4G is faster than my iPhone's 3G on VZW, are the iPad's the same way? Honestly, I know we have LTE on Verizon by my home but thats just at home and I'm sure the LTE will zoom through the 2gb of data I'd use on Verizon.
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And I won't even *think* about going to a Verizon phone until I've absolutely confirmed the capability to talk/surf at the same time. That's an absolute deal-killer for me on the iPhone, regardless of LTE speeds.
- 04-19-2012, 07:44 PM #74
I have Verizon in my area and no AT&T. http://cdn-forums.imore.com/images/smilies/smile.gif