AT&T or Verizon?

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  1. Resist macrumors 68030

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    Currently my iPhone 4 is with AT&T and they aren't bad in my area. I'm grandfathered in the unlimited data plan and really want to keep it, plus I like roll over minutes. I also really like being able to use data and voice simultaneously however, Verizon has better service coverage overall. So I'm not sure if I should stick with AT&T or go to Verizon when I upgrade to the iPhone 5. Any suggestions?
     
  2. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    Doesn't LTE support simultaneous voice and data?

    If you say Verizon has better coverage, go with them.
     
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Simultaneous voice and data is possible on Verizon LTE, but only you can decide whether keeping unlimited data/rollover minutes or having better coverage is more important to you.
     
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  5. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Clarify "not bad" and better coverage.

    In your normal use do you have coverage issues with ATT and know that Verizon can fill in those gaps?
     
  6. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    +1

    Sounds like you've answered your own question.
     
  7. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Maybe. Maybe not.

    If by better coverage, he is referring to press reports, friends, or ads, it could be a bad decision.

    If he is referring to his PERSONAL usage area, then it would be a good decision.

    After all, there are areas where ATT is superior. Some areas where Verizon is superior. And some areas where they are about equal. And probably a few where they both suck.
     
  8. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Okay so LTE allows for data/voice at the same time and Verizon has a small advantage for my area and probably a better advantage when I'm out of town.

    However, AT&T has roll over minutes, which is a huge plus.
     
  9. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    If you don't already have Verizon, your only option is the Share Everything Plans which have unlimited voice.
     
  10. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Which probably make it out of my price range. :(
     
  11. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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  12. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sounds like a terrible deal.
     
  13. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Because it is. Right now if I were to jump ship from AT&T it would be to Sprint, except their LTE coverage area is worse than AT&T's and will be for the foreseeable future. Sprint is $80 for 450 minutes and unlimited text and data (no throttling). Wi-FI hotspot is an extra $20.

    I'm probably going to stick with AT&T for my iPhone. However, I have a Verizon iPad ($20 for 1GB of data and free hot spot), and plan to stick with it.
     
  14. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    I agree completely. If I didn't have the grandfathered unlimited plan, I'd probably bail on Verizon. However, I have unlimited everything, including tethering, for $150/mo and I'll probably never give it up.
     
  15. Starfyre macrumors 68000

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    150 for individual? Thats wayy expensive compared to Tmo.
     
  16. sdsvtdriver macrumors 65816

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    and that's for 1GB. you'd have to compare to a 5GB plan, which is the point att starts to throttle LTE.
     
  17. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I think I've decided to stick with AT&T, mainly because they have roll over minutes (which is a huge deal to me), and I have the $30 unlimited data plan.
     
  18. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a

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    My rationale for sticking with AT&T is that their 3G speeds are better in my area (and in many areas from my understanding) so in situations when I'm in non-LTE areas, the AT&T phone should perform better. This together with combined voice & data and the fact that AT&T's LTE speeds are marginally better in most markets convinced me.

    Also something about CDMA just irks me... I'd rather have a device that uses only GSM/LTE, the worldwide standard for the most part. Having an AT&T version seems to help re-sale also, because if you get it unlocked it works with all GSM carriers worldwide, whereas I don't believe Verizon/Sprint versions will.

    Granted I was very tempted to switch to Verizon because 1) My area isn't getting AT&T LTE until the end of the year and 2) My wife and I had to pay full retail for one ip5 and the extra $250 for the other. Tough choice, but the ETF together with the other reasons made me stick w/AT&T.
     
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