iPad mini AT&T vs. Verizon iPad Mini LTE?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by stevegm, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. stevegm macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    I have read that the supply of AT&T iPad Minis may be a little constrained. That leaves me with a dilemma. If all that is available tomorrow is Verizon, do I go ahead and buy it? Or wait until I can get an AT&T unit?

    I have AT&T phone service. But, I have an unlimited data plan on the iPhone 5, so I do not use a shared data plan. Rather, I will just be paying for a data plan for the iPad Mini separately. I will use it for various uses, including Talkatone (for Google Voice - as a primary phone). I live in a major city so coverage is unlikely to be a major issue.

    Anyone else have experience with choosing between AT&T and Verizon in this context? Opinions?
  2. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    Yeah, same boat. Although made worse for me because I also have an unlimited data plan from my original AT&T iPad.

    I ended up going with Verizon, almost pains me to say it. I've never been a Verizon fan and have been with AT&T for a long, long time. But the one thing that really ticked me off what that Verizon offers tethering with their iPad data plan and AT&T doesn't (unless you go to their $50/month plan) which is ridiculous. I don't need to tether much, but when I do I really do. So going with Verizon and getting their $20/month 1GB which includes tethering is a pretty good deal for me. I also learned that I can use my AT&T Sim card in the Verizon iPad and still get 3G service.

    So as much as I would normally just get AT&T iPad again, after some detailed review, it looks like Verizon is a better overall solution for me.
  3. stevegm thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Thanks. It sounds like we are in a similar situation. I know that with the iPhone a large downside to Verizon (for me anyway) is that you can't talk and use data at the same time. Are there any limitations from a usability standpoint to the stand alone data plans at Verizon vs. AT&T?
  4. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location: Location:
    I've been told to go with verizon because you can also use ATT sim card in it
  5. stevegm thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    So you can put an AT&T sim card in it and use at as an AT&T unit? With LTE and 3G?
  6. aka777, Nov 16, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

    aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Yep. Plus global LTE frequencies + facetime over LTE + free hotspot.

    Verizon's CS is consistently ranked #1, while AT&T is ranked dead last. After wasting 4 days and having to speak with 7 people, to try to get an iphone 5 activated, I now understand why. AT&T is great until you have an issue. Then it's like dealing with a cable company.
  7. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location: Location:
    I'm not sure if you get LTE but you do get HSPA+ aka 3.5G which is pretty fast
  8. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    The fact that they pretend their HSPA+ is 4G , while it's slow compared to Tmobile's HSPA, is so typical of AT&T.

    They're right up there with cable companies.
  9. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    Verizon. they will have rolled out their entire LTE network by June 2013. that's only 7 months away.
    when i say total network, i mean everywhere they had 3G coverage it will be LTE. impressive

    AT&T just only switched on LTE in Philadelphia in September. they aren't even beyond a 30mins drive outside of the city yet
  10. macleod644 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2012
    So let me get this straight - you can use an AT&T SIM card in a Verizon iPad , AND u get LTE? How is that? I would think you only get 3G, I'm pretty sure u only get 3G. But can u still do FaceTime over Cellular if its not LTE Cellular?
  11. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location: Location:
    I live in the boondocks 90 miles outside NYC and have verizon LTE. It's great unlmtd data and free wifi hotspot from my ipad 3 I don't even pay for home internet
  12. NateEssex macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2008
    Yup, Verizon baby...

    Yup, same story for me. I got the 32 Gig iPad mini on Verizon. I tried out the tethering with my daughter's ipod and it worked fine.

    Also, when I go to certain areas my AT&T iPhone doesn't work. So now I'll have Verizon to get reception in more areas.
  13. Preds macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010

    I have AT&T unlimited on my iPhone, so no hotspot. When I learned AT&T's iPad data plan didn't include the hotspot free that was a deal breaker, even though AT&T gave 1gb more for data for $30.

    As another poster stated, I also like that between the 2 devices and different networks I have a decent chance of having decent speed for data, not to mention WIFI access from hotspots for both networks.
  14. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    An AT&T sim will not be able to get LTE on the Verizon model. However, the full HSPA+ 3.5G will work, as will Tmobile and their 42MB/s HSPA, once they fire up 1.9Ghz in your area. The Verizon is an international model, so it will also work on foreign LT networks.

    The facetime and hotspot feature are carrier related, something AT&T is restricting to certain plans.


    100% agree. You get the best of two separate networks.
  15. romeo.xk macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    As some here, I also have ATT's iPhone, and have the unlimited data, but I ended up getting the Verizon version, only because that is all that was available, I figure I can always change it later on.
  16. BiggAW macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    AT&T iPhone with simultaneous voice and data plus Verizon iPad with hotpsot is the best combo. Plus, then if one network is on the the fritz, you can get online with the other...
  17. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Verizon all the way. Much better and free tethering!

  18. arom macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2008
    Now I thought I read somewhere that the Verizon SIM becomes deactivated if you don't use it for more then 5 months? Meaning you have to get a new SIM card after it becomes deactivated? Is that still the case?
  19. DarkAether macrumors regular

    May 5, 2010
    From what I've read, it's no longer an issue with IOS 6. Those supposedly "wiped" SIMs magically started working for folks again after the update.
  20. sno1man macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    not to rain on the parade

    But has anyone here actually tried using an AT&T sim in a Verizon iPad Mini ?

    I'm well aware that it works with the iPhone 5, but I'm trying it right now with a known good AT&T sim and it's not working in my iPad mini.

    I get the bars and the AT&T logo in the upper left, but the iPad tells me I don't have an internet connection when I do anything like use Safari
  21. 0970373 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2008
    I also have a grandfathered iPhone Unlimited plan with AT&T that I don't plan on giving up. Ever. lol.

    But I did go with Verizon service for my iPad Mini for the following reasons:

    1) I travel internationally often and would like to be able to get LTE service in some areas (though I know it will likely be 3G in most due to mess that is LTE).

    2) Hotspot is available on the VZW pre-paid plans. I don't think it's available on AT&T, but don't quote me. I went with the $30/2GB plan.

    3) I have noticed enough times where my AT&T service is low, friends with VZW service are fine. And vice-versa. I figure, I will hopefully always have 1 or the other.
  22. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    I have an unlimited AT&T iPhone 5 and decided to get a Verizon Mini. I have an iPad 2 with AT&T but have had problems on the go certain places with iPad and iPhone not working due to AT&T coverage in some places. When it works, it's great. When it doesn't, it stinks.

    So I figured this time around I'd get a Verizon iPad mini so I have the best of both. Hopefully. Verizon LTE is slower that AT&T LTE in my area. Trade off.

    Also, I live in Yardley and AT&T LTE has been here since iPhone 5 launch. All up and all around here. I was in Willow Grove. King of Prussia. Newtown. Etc. LTE is all around here since iPhone 5 launch to the persons point.
  23. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    I have the ATT unlimited plan and I'm staying with ATT. It works fine in my area so why try something that may or may not work as well. Also I have a 3 and a mini and I'm not sure which will end up getting the unlimited plan. The concept now is to move the unlimited to the mini which I expect will be more mobile than the 3. I've tended to keep the iPad at home but with the size of the mini I anticipate that it should get the unlimited plan.

    So purely for the ability to bounce the plan back and forth between the devices I'm staying ATT. Would like a hotspot but have lived without it. When I'm ready to let the unlimited plan lapse (which I really should), maybe then I go to Verizon. My guess is when the iPad mini Retina comes out I'll know my patterns better.

    Also, I am reluctant to give up HSPA+. It works well where there is no LTE. I think I would not enjoy Verizon 3G.
  24. Renjo2007 macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2012
    I just tried my att nano simcard with unlimited data on my mini verizon but it doesnt work. The signal bars is showing no coverage then att 4g signal but when i try to surf the web,safari says no connection. Anyone tried this also?
  25. awb macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2012
    I became impatient and got the Verizon mini today. My order for the AT&T mini delivery date is Dec 10. I hope I don't regret getting Verizon. My phone is At&T. I live in AR. Anyone else from AR?

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