Los Angeles Area - better ipad 2 coverage ATT or VZN 3G ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by fnbdave, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. fnbdave macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2011
    before i pick one up i want to know if one works better than the other for 3g coverage in LA?

    anyone have opinions?
  2. JeffMorse macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
  3. Mark K macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
    For voice service, I give the edge to Verizon but AT&T is still pretty good.

    Don't know about data.
  4. jeffs177 macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Voice goes to Verizon and data in my opinon would go to AT&T with my experience.
  5. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2008
    Voice service is really important with an ... ipad.... ?
  6. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    Yes very important....:rolleyes:

    go with verizon
  7. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2007
    Service with Verizon may be better say in Hollywood but ATT is usually 4-5x faster with network speeds. Not to mention you can use it internationally and it's re-sale value is higher, and data plan is cheaper.. I'd go with ATT. You can always buy both and return the one you don't like.
  8. ryanvalle macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    I took a different approach in choosing my iPad. Since I already have an iPhone with AT&T, I decided to go with the opposite carrier for when there are dead zones I run into with AT&T such as inside buildings.

    I'm supposed to get my iPad tomorrow, so I'll get to do some speed tests on their networks with AT&T iPhone with VZW iPad...
  9. vi2867 macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2006
    Eastvale, CA
    AT&T data speed is much faster than Verizon in the LA area. Yes, Verizon you will drop less calls than AT&T, but this does not apply.

    Now, if the iPad 2 was capable of Verizon's LTE network that would be a whole different story.

    I definitely recommend AT&T over Verizon. In Fact the AT&T version is very difficult to find in the LA area right now, because it could be used outside the country. Besides you get 2GB per month for $25 from AT&T and you get 2GB per month for $35 from Verizon. Also, if you go over on AT&T you pay $10 per GB.;)
  10. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I'm about 25 miles north of Hollywood and ATT is much better than Verizon for data. On my iPhone 4 I get about 4-6X faster than my coworker on her Verizon iPhone 4.

    On my iPad 2 I've been getting 3Mbps+ on down and 1.5-2Mbps up during peak hours. Not too bad at all.
  11. SAMtheGAM macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2011
    AT&T and VZW for the most part have similar 3G coverage in Los Angeles, CA. There are still dead zones for each carrier. For example, The Apple Store at The Grove AT&T falls back to EDGE which is 2G and VZW has 3G coverage. At the Glendale Galleria VZW falls back to 1X which also is 2G and AT&T has full 3G coverage.

    The backup technology for VZW is 1X which is slower then EDGE on AT&T. 1X speeds are similar to a 56K dial up modem.

    I would go with an AT&T iPad because overall the download speeds are faster then VZW. Also with AT&T you have access to AT&T WiFi.
  12. gameboy213 macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Personally for me the AT&T coverage on my iPad has been great. I haven't had any complaints like the iPhone users that I know.
  13. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2008
    ....... wtf?
  14. seanpholman macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Huntington Beach, Ca
    I have a Verizon iPad and an AT&T iPhone 4. I was thinking this was the smart choice because no matter where I am, I can get data. For giggles I used Speedtest.net and can't believe how slow Verizon data is compared to AT&T in Huntington Beach, CA.

    Verizon iPad 2 - .55 down / .56 up
    AT&T iPhone 4 - 2.04 down / 1.23 up
    FiOS wifi - 10.22 down / 16.22 up

  15. bursthead macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010


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