LTE in Chicagoland

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MJedi, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010

    I have the new iPad with LTE from Verizon, and would like to see what others are getting for their speeds. I am especially curious what the AT&T LTE iPads get.

    From Arlington Heights:
    Server: Chicago, IL
    Download: 23.65 Mbps
    Upload: 16.01 Mbps
    Ping: 38 ms

    From Elgin:
    Server: Chicago, IL
    Download: 11.21 Mbps
    Upload: 8.09 Mbps
    Ping: 38 ms

    From Hoffman Estates:
    Server: Chicago, IL
    Download: 9.04 Mbps
    Upload: 6.02 Mbps
    Ping: 39 ms
  2. Icedog macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2003
    I'm curious about AT&T in Chicagoland as well.
  3. McPhallus macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2011
  4. Bgriz macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    sub par out in far west suburbs: just west of Aurora on AT&T LTE 3 bars

    4.82/ 1.58

    Go further west to Plano/Sandwich 4G

    2-3 down/ 2 up
  5. jlp2979 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009

    Interesting read on AT&T LTE service in Chicago, not sure if things have since changed here. I am in Chicago and avoid AT&T like the plague, I've had bad experiences in this city (live in river north, work in loop). You made a wise choice, stick with Verizon.
  6. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Southside (Burbank)

    4.57Mbps/3.67Mbps on iPad3 showing LTE
    7.90Mbps/3.11Mbps on iPad3 showing 4G (LTE disabled)
    7.93Mbps/2.88Mbps on iPhone4S showing 4G connectivity

    I hate ATT so much right now :(
  7. thaghost macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    Winter Garden, FL
    Verizon lte woodridge/lisle

    Ping 37ms
    Download 18.85 Mbps
    Upload 10.32 Mbps

    It's twice as fast as my Comcast service.
  8. sydia21 macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Just visiting in the Northbrook area...

    3 bars


    I get 3 times that in DC with about 1-2 bars.

  9. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Looks like ATT is gonna have a hard time selling LTE in the Chicago area. I'll be heading to my local Apple store to trade in my ATT unit for a Verizon one.
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Chicago is probably one of AT&T's weakest LTE markets. They have only enough bandwidth for a single channel of LTE. Verizon has more than twice as much spectrum. Also, from what I understand, AT&T's LTE coverage isn't as widespread.
  11. Bgriz macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    My LTE speeds above are not much faster than 3G speeds. Hoping it improves over time.
  12. JockItch43 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2008
    Interesting. I get between 15-25mbps on Verizon consistently on the north side of chicago. My coworker on AT&T gets 11mbps at best on the south side. I sent him this link, I'm thinking he's going to return it for Verizon, he's already mentioned he's considering it.
  13. Q Bert macrumors regular

    Q Bert

    Mar 7, 2011
    Chicago Burbs
    Verizon LTE North Aurora, IL

    Down: 21.08
    Up: 11.56
  14. beret9987 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Yea, until AT&T uses their AWS holdings(or the Qualcomm spectrum), it's gonna be a tougher sell for them. SF has 20Mhz though so I've been pulling down decent speeds on ATT
  15. MJedi thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    Thanks everyone for posting your speeds.

    Anyone else care to add their findings?
  16. TheRedOx macrumors member


    Feb 18, 2009
    Warrenville, IL
    I work in Wheaton.
    AT&T LTE speeds average 10Mbps down;4.5Mbps up there
  17. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    Thanks for posting your speeds, I usually have to be in the Chicago land for meetings a few times a month. I do have AT&T though.
  18. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    From Park Ridge/Rosemont IL:
    Ping: 22ms
    Down: 25
    Up: 16

    From Glenview IL:
    Ping: 40ms
    Down: 22
    Up: 11

    From Geneva IL:
    Ping: 33ms
    Down: 14
    Up: 11

    All were against the Aurora, IL server.

    Been an AT&T user since iPhone's intro years ago and almost 5 years prior to that with various other phone models. Voice quality was always spotty, call drops 3-4 times per day. Data was always just OK, never great. I was the last to switch to Verizon in my family and now have all lines on Verizon, a LTE MiFi and data packages on everything. Very, very happy with both voice and data quality. Just wish we could do both at same time.
  19. dpfenninger macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2005
    My AT&T iPad in Naperville:

    64 ms ping
    11.91 Mbps down
    4.20 Mbps up

    In Lombard:

    89 ms ping
    6.08 Mbps down
    1.68 Mbps up

    From researching and reading about AT&T's LTE limitations in Chicago (and Verizon's speed, coverage, and hotspot advantages), I chose to trade in my AT&T model for a Verizon one. I haven't signed up for a Verizon data plan yet as I still have data left on my AT&T such I kept my AT&T SIM card and am using it in the Verizon model for access to "4G"/HSPA+ data. Results in Lombard for Verizon model with AT&T SIM:

    108 ms ping
    4.84 Mbps down
    0.62 Mbps up
  20. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Yikes! ATT really sucks.

    I wonder if they will improve it.

    Also, how about in city? Probably spotty as hell.
  21. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area

    Downers Grove

    14 DL
    12 UL


    23 DL
    10 UL

    Happy so far! I have unlimited data so I'm staying with AT&T for now, at least.
  22. TheKricket macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I'm getting pretty lackluster speeds with AT&T.

    Out in the burbs, it is a little more bearable - I remember I got a few downstream numbers in the upper teens - but in the city, it's just ugly.

    Here are the results from a test I took sitting at my desk - heart of the city:
    - 128 ms ping
    - 3.21 MBps down
    - 0.58 MBps up
    - The LTE indicator is on with 2 bars

    How is Apple about swapping out iPads for a different version? With the 14 day return policy, looks like I have about 2 days left to decide...

    I stuck with AT&T - since I have phone service with them - but since these things are just completely separate, I figure I might as well go where the speed is...

    EDIT - as far as the rest of the city - coverage hovers around that "really fast 3g" mark - even on the train ride home, where I travel about 19 miles a day, the fastest I have ever gotten has been in the 6-7 MBps down range...
  23. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I'm in the same boat. I predominantly need coverage for my train ride (Metra Southwest Line). I get horrible coverage on it, and avg about 1Mbps during first quarter of the trip out of Union Station. The rest hovers around 3-5Mbps, and the absolute max I've hit is 7Mbps (same as my 4S). I called Apple who said it wouldn't be a problem to trade in for the Verizon model. My only concern now is that I'll get the Verizon unit, am curious if I'd be able to switch back if I notice that the Verizon coverage isn't any better for my train ride.
  24. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Traded in my AT&T unit for a Verizon one. Speeds went from 6d/2u to 15d/13u. :-D

    And Apple rep says I have a fresh 14 days to test and see if I want to go back.
  25. b_scott macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2008
    curious about those in the city of Chicago, with Verizon.

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