iPad Different Providers for iPhone(s) and iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Peter K., Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Nov 6, 2012
    SoCal / Philly
    Does anyone out there have a different service provider for their iPad than for their phone(s)? I am an AT&T customer and have been long enough to have a grandfathered unlimited data plan for my iPhone 5. I am planning on getting an iPad 4, possibly with cellular data capability.

    If I do, I am thinking of getting a Verizon model instead of AT&T. Does anyone have any guidance/advice regarding this choice?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Well, seeing as you have the grandfathered plan, it really doesn't benefit you to get AT&T rather than Verizon. It would be cheaper to tack the iPad onto a share everything plan for AT&T, but I'm assuming you want to keep the unlimited data.

    So if you dont plan on switching to share everything, then its just a matter of preference. I would suggest Verizon just because of their enormous LTE coverage of 400 cities compared to AT&Ts 50 or so. It depends on whether you already have AT&T LTE in your area. If you already do, see which one is faster and go with that.
  3. eagleglen macrumors 65816


    Oct 2, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm in an identical situation. I have an iPhone 5 with a grandfathered unlimited plan on AT&T. I'm also planning to buy an iPad with cellular and trying to decide which carrier to use. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe tethering is possible with an AT&T iPad unless it's part of a shared plan. Therefore, if you want to keep the unlimited iPhone plan, you're not going to he able to tether with either device. Although it won't happen often, I'd like the possibility of tethering my laptop should the need arise.

    For this reason I'll probably get a Verison iPad. It also gives me flexibility should either carrier's LTE network isn't operating properly or not in a particular city I happen to be in.

    Are there any other considerations?
  4. Peter K., Nov 15, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012

    Peter K. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Nov 6, 2012
    SoCal / Philly
    Verizon vs. AT&T

    Bump for some more discussion:

    I've been researching this so much without resolution that I might just go back to getting a Wi-Fi only model.


    Already have an account, single bill, etc. / when no LTE, "4G" HSPA+ is still pretty good


    LTE where I'm living right now and great LTE coverage in L.A. / FaceTime and tethering possible (on PRE-paid plans?) / can switch to AT&T SIM and use up to HSPA+ (no LTE)


    P.S. - NFL Mobile app is not currently supported and the video features of this app will likely never be offered for iPad, only for iPhone. Bummer, because NFL Mobile would have made the choice for me.
  5. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    AT&T iPhone 5 and Verizon LTE iPad FTW. In congested urban areas my iPhone many times will be able to place calls, but Internet and texting doesn't work due to congestion. I then switch over to my trust lte iPad which works great for those 2 functions above.
  6. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I have Verizon iPhone and AT&T ipad (unlimited data) - I think it's pretty solid combo. You always go for the service provider opposite of your phone so if anything happens you will still have one device with connection if the other one is in a dead zone. I think that makes it a lot simpler.

  7. scorpio1973 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2009
    ^ I have the same exact set-up. When I purchased my iPad 3, LTE on AT&T was not available in my city so I went with Verizon instead. I feel like I have the best of both worlds.
  8. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    I live in a "4G" AT&T area and have a grandfathered unlimited data plan. But I also live in a LTE Verizon area so thats what I ordered with my mini, which is currently out for delivery.

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