Considering swapping my iPad3 AT&T for an iPad3 Verizon LTE

Which iPad3 is the best buy?

  • AT&T's iPad3

    Votes: 4 12.9%
  • Verizon's iPad3

    Votes: 23 74.2%
  • They're the same, no benefits whatsoever

    Votes: 2 6.5%
  • I'm stuck in my Android Honeycomb and am filled with denial.

    Votes: 2 6.5%

  • Total voters
    31

FireFish

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Sep 12, 2007
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I have an AT&T iPad 3 and am one of the few 'grandfathered' all you can eat internet customers who gets unlimited data for $29.99.

My area is not AT&T LTE ready, but Verizon rolled out LTE years ago here.
I know this because I happen to have a Verizon 4G LTE MiFi card for work.

My questions:
1) Is the iPad 3 SIM UNLOCKED? Such that a trip to Europe & a local SIM would work?

2) Should I consider giving back my iPad 3 AT&T model & getting the Verizon one instead? (i've heard rumors that my AT&T SIM would even work in the verizon model flawlessly with no effort).

3) If I got the Verizon iPad3, pop-ed out the SIM card it comes with & use the SIM from my Verizon 4G MiFi device, will the data work?

4) Is it true that the Verizon iPad3 can also be used as a MiFi, or wireless hot spot?

Anyone who has any confirmed advice is welcome to respond.
 

MattZani

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Apr 20, 2008
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Its been confirmed that the Verizon iPad will get AT&T 3G.

Yes, the Verizon Data Plan allows you to use the iPad as a hotspot for free.

Yes, the Verizon iPad is SIM unlocked

Honestly, do a little research? I don't even live in the US and I know this...
 

AppChat

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Mar 10, 2012
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Its been confirmed that the Verizon iPad will get AT&T 3G.

Yes, the Verizon Data Plan allows you to use the iPad as a hotspot for free.

Yes, the Verizon iPad is SIM unlocked

Honestly, do a little research? I don't even live in the US and I know this...
Worth the extra for lte model over wifi only
 

MrXiro

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Nov 2, 2007
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totally worth it if you're going for the 1gb option and want free tethering.

I guess you'll also get free tethering on At&t's by default if you put an At&t SIM in it but you lose LTE and you are are limited to At&t's 3G... not sure about HSPA+
 

FireFish

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Original poster
Sep 12, 2007
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Honestly, do a little research? I don't even live in the US and I know this...
I've seen reports of this, but I've also seen reports of people seeing Elvis and other craziness. That's why I ask this question among my peers before making a decision. :confused:


By the way, I don't know how things work in England, but here in America, we have special doctors called Proctologists. They make a killing pulling sticks out of ******s belonging to people like you. :D
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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totally worth it if you're going for the 1gb option and want free tethering.

I guess you'll also get free tethering on At&t's by default if you put an At&t SIM in it but you lose LTE and you are are limited to At&t's 3G... not sure about HSPA+
Tethering is activate by the account, not the device, so my guess is that if you put an AT&T SIM into a Verizon iPad, that the Personal Hotspot option would not be available. It is activated by the carrier settings.
 

MrXiro

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Nov 2, 2007
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Tethering is activate by the account, not the device, so my guess is that if you put an AT&T SIM into a Verizon iPad, that the Personal Hotspot option would not be available. It is activated by the carrier settings.
Ah ok... I stand corrected. Then At&t just sucks all around then.
 

ivan2002

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Aug 8, 2010
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Verizon all the way, baby

Verizon has the following advantages:

1. Free hotspot
2. Better coverage
3. Initially, everyone was saying AT&T will be faster, but when the tests came out, it turns out that for iPad at least, the opposite is true
4. If you are going to be a big user, there is a 10G for $80 plan on Verizon.
5. I had a Verizon MiFi on a two year contract. Verizon let me switch over to iPad no problem, no charge. Points Verizon CS.
6. Yeah, you can use your AT&T SIM on Verizon iPad, but AT&T will kill your service for it. Negative points AT&T CS.