iPad mini AT&T or Verizon

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MriPadMiniMan, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. MriPadMiniMan macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2013

    I recently killed my iPad mini when I was walking home from my class at college and it was in my book bag and my book bag somehow wasn't zipped so I'm going to buy a new one soon but I don't know what Carrier to go with, my last one was with AT&T they have no LTE here but there HSPA+ is rocking 10mb down and 3 up almost always I hear Verizon has LTE my mom has a iPhone 5 and I ran some tests around 30mb down and 20mb up I've seen AT&T LTE and it blew me away at the speeds AT&T said LTE would be in our town around September I don't know if I should wait for AT&T LTE or just go with Verizon...
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    We can't decide for you.

    I have AT&T on my Mini but don't get LTE at my house, it stops two blocks away where I can get 40Mbps down. At home on 4G, I am lucky to get 1Mbps and that is at night. In the day, I get nothing.

    Verizon was the same way at my house but I never had anything that could use LTE so I have no idea how they can be.

    So currently, I am using AT&T on both my Mini and my Nexus 7 although I may go back to T-Mobile on my Nexus 7 because I can get data at my house using them.

    What does this tell you? Your experience will vary so again, we can't tell you what carrier to try. Pick one and try it. If you aren't happy, exchange it for the other. I'm past my exchange period so I am staying with the AT&T model although I can use any other carriers sim in it since iPads are unlocked.
  3. MandyAW92 macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2013
    This decision is based on the area you live in, so its up to you. Follow the advice given above and you won't go wrong
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I have LTE available to me on both networks but I went with Verizon because of the free personal hotspot feature.

    Quite nice to share the connection with other devices.
  5. iPhonemaster5S macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2011
    It really depends where you are, for me personally I like AT&T their LTE is great but HSPA+ isn't bad either. If your fine with your last iPad experience I would suggest to go to AT&T again. Ultimately though its your decision.

    Edit: after re reading your post I would suggest waiting, if you're going to end up getting LTE soon just wait, AT&T's LTE is mind blowing fast if your willing to wait for them to roll out in your area.
  6. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Exactly why my next iPad will connect to Verizon.
  7. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    AT&T includes hotspot.

    For me, I have my ipad opposite of my phone. That way I can just use hotspot on either to get the best possible speed for both devices.

    Ohh and I will say my ATT iPhone had 4 bars and LTE in ocean city but my download speeds were so bad I couldn't even compare to 3G. So just saying, just because LTE is there doesn't mean it'll be fast.
  8. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    How do you get hotspot with AT&T? Mine just tells me to contact AT&T to enable it but I see no way to add it on the iPad account area or on the website.
  9. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    You have to set up a share plan, then add your iPad to it. No thanks, I want the freedom of no contract hotspotting, which Verizon currently provides.
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    As always, select the carrier with the coverage you need where you need it.

    Your call to make. Which is the bigger priority? LTE now or faster LTE down the road?
  11. Jades macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2012
    I chose AT&T because of the experience I had with Verizon lacking lte indoors in NYC. It really all depends on your location
    AT&T is horrible in the towns but real strong in the cities. Verizon is the other way around
  12. scorpio1973 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2009
    In my area, both AT&T and Verizon provide LTE service. Ultimately, I went with Verizon because of the included hotspot feature and the 1GB of data for $20. I didn't need a lot of data and AT&T only offers and 250MB plan which isn't enough. Overall, I am happy with my choice.
  13. MriPadMiniMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2013
    I went with Verizon there LTE is pulling 20 MB constantly witch is better than our 15mb wifi
  14. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    If you plan to use FaceTime, go with Verizon. AT&T hates people using FaceTime all the time so they have so so data plan. But AT&T has the FASTEST LTE than Verizon.
  15. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    That of course depends on the area you are in.
    Some areas AT&T will be better and of course Isome areas Verizon will be better.
  16. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    Anyone know if you can stick a T-Mobile Monthly 4G sim in an AT&T iPad and use, for example, the 5GB of data on the $30 100 minute plan?
  17. Breaking Good, Jul 8, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2013

    Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    Do they no longer teach how to write in sentences and paragraphs in college?

    Will you keep your monthly plan going, or will just activate it when you need it?

    I have read several complaints where Verizon has deactivated LTE SIM cards after several months of inactivity on an account. This forces the owner of the iPad to go to a Verizon store to reactivate their cellular account.

    I believe that Verizon's cheapest data plan is $20/mo. for 2GB and AT&T's is $15/mo. for 350MB. So the amount of data you use may have an influence also.

    Reception is probably the most important thing to consider. Can you talk to classmates using Verizon and see how they feel about reception in the areas they frequent around campus?

    One thing I've noticed this that there seem to be more refurbished Verizon iPads on Apple's refurbished store than there are refurbished AT&T iPads. Why that is I do not know.
  18. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    AT&T sims will deactivate after three months and T-Mobile after one year. All of them deactivate after some time of non use.

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