If you have AT&T on your iPhone but chose Verizon for your iPad, why?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Johnny Steps, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

    Johnny Steps

    Jun 29, 2011
    I personally did it for these reasons.

    1. I won't be getting the LTE iPhone this fall.
    2. I don't think there's LTE in this area where I live.
    3. Verizon has better coverage for overall traveling.
    4. Verizon has more LTE coverage than AT&T
    5. Hotspot so I can tether to my iPhone if I ever need to.
    6. The "hopefully" future ability to put my AT&T SIM in my Verizon iPad and have HSPA+ speeds on my iPad

    But I do wish Verizon offered 3GB plans instead... but eh.

    What about you?
  2. iDabble macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    free tethering. and after getting throttled the last 4 months on my iP4S i don't really feel like giving any more money to ATT
  3. Johnny Steps thread starter macrumors 6502

    Johnny Steps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ah, yeah.. the only thing good about unlimited is that if you go over, you won't get charged extra.
  4. iDabble macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    but the bad thing about unlimited is that once I go over, I can't use my phone for pretty much anything...
  5. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    I have a small AT&T 4GLTE Elevate HotSpot that I always have on me. So, I don't really worry about coverage.
  6. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Technically that's not true, you could use it as a phone.
  7. eneisch macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Two reasons:

    1. Free hotspot use (even though I don't think I'll use it that much, it is nice to have).

    2. 1GB data for $20. This plan is so much better than the low end AT&T plan of 250MB for $15.

    I know that the $30 plan is better with AT&T (3GB vs 2 GB), but based on my usage the 1GB Verizon plan is the sweet spot for me.
  8. AlPlPlLE macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2012
    And an iPod! Lol
  9. KPOM, Mar 18, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012

    KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    For me, the wi-fi hotspot was the main factor. A secondary factor is that AT&T's 3G network is overloaded in Midtown Manhattan (I get signal but data slows to a crawl or doesn't go through at all) and I figure that Verizon might perform better. I was tempted to give AT&T a shot and see how their LTE network holds up during the week, but I'll likely go with the unlocked LTE iPhone when it comes out and will find out then. Finally, the $20 1GB plan is nice for those months when I don't expect to use much data.
  10. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
  11. liquidlink macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Chicago, Illinois
    I have AT&T for my iPhone and a Verizon MiFi device. I got the Verizon iPad so I can switch my Sim Card (after I cut it down) between the iPad and MiFi whenever I want. This way I have a 5GB plan for both my MiFi and iPad. I have had the Sim Card in the iPad since I got it on Friday and it works awesome.

    Plus Verizon LTE is better data coverage when travelling.
  12. William Gates macrumors 6502

    William Gates

    Oct 26, 2007
    6. The "hopefully" future ability to put my AT&T SIM in my Verizon iPad and have HSPA+ speeds on my iPad

    You already can. It did it the first day, Friday. You just have to change your carrier APN settings. Look at this last paragraph of this article
  13. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    The better entry level plan price and better coverage in rural areas. Their EV-DO network is slow but its better than no coverage when traveling. I really think the $20 for 1GB plan is going to be the most popular plan by far (which makes me really sad, so little data for the price, but its still the most appealing option).
  14. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    Outside of the KC metro area Verizon has much better coverage. In town both have good coverage for 3G, VZW has much better LTE coverage. So common sense made the choice of now have two devices with different carriers. Much better chance of always having data coverage when I am out on a day trip.

    I just hope Verizon matches the 3G for $30 but with LTE But looks like I maybe going for the 5gig plan anyhow. Verizon has been very fast so far, eating up data.
  15. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    And a camera
  16. NateEssex macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2008
  17. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    1) More extensive LTE network
    2) Verizon is more reliable in NYC (even though NYC appears to get good LTE service here occationally)
    3) Hotspot
    4) I don't need to talk and use data at the same time on an iPad (I use this feature a lot with my AT&T iPhone)
  18. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Because if I am traveling and AT&T has bad coverage, I have another option.
  19. catalyst6 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2007
    Mostly for the reasons listed in the OP. I actually live in an area with LTE coverage from both carriers, but the decision was hard. What tipped me over was the free tethering and way more coverage in other cities in my state (NC) from Verizon.

    Perhaps more importantly, I have more faith in the speed and completeness of Verizon's LTE build out over the next year. What I find most interesting about this decision is that I will be in a similar tight spot when the LTE iPhone comes out. This would be a hard decision, but I have grandfathered iPhone data from AT&T, so I will most likely stick with them despite verizons deployment being better.

    To me unlimited iPhone data on LTE is really what is most important.
  20. AttilaTheHun macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2010
  21. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    I have an AT&T phone with the 5 gig tethering plan. I got the Verizon iPad. Why? Well I primarily use my phone to tether but always have Verizon as a backup to flip on if needed (while traveling for instance).

    I saw zero reason to have two AT&T devices. It didn't give me choice. If AT&T service sucks on my phone and I turned on the iPad AT&T service, it would still suck.

    Best of both worlds.
  22. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Hate AT&T and only on their iPhone because I am on a family plan as an add on. So any other option I will take it.

    1gb plan for $20. It really IS the sweet spot for now. F-you AT&T and your 250mb for 3/4 that price.

    Faster LTE on Verizon.

    Free hotspot! You should never be charged extra to use what you already paid for, especially if your device includes the ability for free by default but your provider decides to cripple the device for their gain.
  23. payup macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    I travel quite a bit and AT&T sucks in most urban areas. I'm thinking about dumping AT&T altogether when next iPhone comes out. Plus the tethering option is nice.
  24. Biff... macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Sherman Oaks, CA.
    I have an LTE phone with AT&T, their speeds in Los Angeles are slower than Verizon. So I decided to diversify and get Verizon, the speed is better, hotspot is nice to have, and I'm not stuck with one vendor.

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