Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Verizon Or AT&T 4G LTE For Your iPad?

Many of our readers have already made the Verizon or AT&T decision regarding 4G LTE on their new iPad, but some are certainly bundling up to wait in line. If you haven't decided on a carrier for 4G LTE on your iPad, here are the details.

Speed:

LTE 4G speeds are at least 10 times as fast as the 3G connection you may have got used to, with some variance dependent on signal strength and location. Below is a comparison of Verizon 4G LTE speeds averaging 24 Mbps and AT&T 4G speeds with higher peaks over 35 Mbps. The AT&T testing shows a lot of variance in the download speed, but upload speeds are pretty much the same.


Price:

Here are the AT&T tiered data plans:
  • 250 MB for $14.99 per month
  • 3 GB for $30 per month
  • 5 GB for $50 per month


Verizon's data plans for new iPad:
  • 1 GB for $20 per month
  • 2 GB for $30 per month
  • 5 GB for $50 per month


Availability:

AT&T 4G LTE availability is at around 30 cities with coverage, as compared to Verizon 4G LTE with nearly 200 cities with 4G service. Verizon got a head start on AT&T with 4G deployment so you should make sure that service is available in your city before selecting the cheaper 3GB AT&T plan as compared to the 2GB that Verizon is offering for the same price.

I think that 4G LTE connectivity, along with the retina display are the two best features of the new iPad. If you are planning to use very little 3G/4G connectivity, you could always connect your iPad to your smartphone signal through WiFi. This would allow you to save $130 and get a WiFi iPad HD instead.

So...AT&T or Verizon?

1 comment:

  1. Just on principle, I'm voting against AT&T. Come on...calling your HSPA+ network "4G" is crazy, and dishonest.Just check out PC Magazines review of mobile network speeds. They dont' even call AT&T 4G: http://www.pcmag.com/Fastest-Mobile-Networks-2011

    So this being the case, why is AT&T making the new ipad all about 4G? Of course its a marketing ploy, but its one that is really lowering the 4G standard.

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