Is there a dedicated LTE plan for AT&T 4G? Current Speeds are sloooow

Discussion in 'iPad' started by aka777, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I just transferred my existing AT&T 3G service and was wondering if there is a dedicated LTE plan for the tablet.

    Though my area is HSPA+ enabled, the data speeds are no better than my 4S.

    DL 0.65 UL 0.67 -79ms
    DL 0.24 UL 1.24 -71ms
    DL 0.20 UL 0.48 -95ms

    4 bars reception too..
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The available plans (250MB, 3GB and 5GB) are all LTE enabled.
  3. aka777 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Okay, so my existing ipad 1 3G plan will automatically switch to 4G / LTE right?

    My current speeds are slower than the ipad 1.

    Thank God I also purchased the VZ to test out too.
  4. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    No, none of the carriers have dedicated LTE, it's delivered throughout the same cellular infrastructure as 3G. As soon as it's in your area you automatically receive it. Phones & devices not equipped simply remain on 3G.

    LTE is very strong in my area as of three months ago. My new iPad is much faster than I expected.
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    What did you pick when you set it up on your new iPad??? :confused:
  6. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    does it say LTE up the top? if it doesnt you may not have LTE in your area.
  7. aka777 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I'm on a previous postpaid iPad plan from the ipad 1.


    HSPA+ but the speeds are slow... LTE is a good 10 miles away.
  8. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2008
    I'm getting between .15 to .19mbs but getting about 1mbs up. It is dog slow. slower than 2g. I realize in my area it's probably hspa+ and not LTE but this is crazy sloooooooow. :eek:
  9. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    I'm at least 6 miles from the nearest AT&T tower and there is HSPA+ in my area. No LTE within 50 miles. My best speeds are much better than what you gave.

    Using the iPad near a north facing window: 1.1 down, 1.7 up. Near an east facing window 4.9 down, 1.7 up. The nearest tower is obviously east of me.

    Try moving around your house and see what kinds of speeds you get in various locations.
  10. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

    Jan 20, 2003
    This is why you should have gotten Verizon. That and the fact that ATT works on the Verizon model as well.
  11. aka777 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I have one bar of VZ LTE and I managed to pull 9MB DL but only 0.26 UL

    AT&T did provision my legacy ipad postpaid plan to LTE but the speeds are still the same and of course no LTE.

    Decision decisions. Do I wait for AT&T to upgrade to LTE in about year or so or do I use so so VZ LTE in my area, that will probably reach me in a month or so, but deal with slow EVDO in non-LTE areas.

    Granted, I am sure if I try the AT&T speedtest at 3am, it will be 6MB+.
  12. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    My speeds are considerably better with my new iPad on HSPA+ vs my iPad 1 3G that didn't support HSPA+. I've posted it here. Over 2X faster download, and 5X faster upload.
  13. hh83917 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2005
    I would advise going with Verizon for now because they have more coverage, and when AT&T built up their network, probably 2013... the "Newer" iPad will probably be out, then I'd switch depending on situation.

    And unless you live in a AT&T LTE covered area, you should probably go with Verizon LTE in most cases because they have much more coverage. Or unless where you live have no LTE from both companies, go with AT&T for HSPA+/Faux 4G.
  14. tekchic, Mar 16, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012

    tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Wow, rough speeds there. I'm in Phoenix and used a Tucson server for Speedtest app and got 5079kbps down and 1807 up.

    Definitely not the 12 - 17k that people were talking about in reviews, but FAR better than the old 3G.

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