LTE in Chicagoland

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  1. MJedi macrumors 6502a

    MJedi

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    Hello,

    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

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

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  4. Bgriz macrumors newbie

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    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

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    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2393286,00.asp

    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

    shareef777

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    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

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    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

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    Just visiting in the Northbrook area...

    3 bars

    6.17/9.55

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

    AT&T
     
  9. shareef777 macrumors 68020

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    Verizon LTE North Aurora, IL

    Down: 21.08
    Up: 11.56
     
  14. beret9987 macrumors regular

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    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

    MJedi

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    Thanks everyone for posting your speeds.

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

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    I work in Wheaton.
    AT&T LTE speeds average 10Mbps down;4.5Mbps up there
     
  17. j3yq macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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    My AT&T iPad in Naperville:

    LTE
    64 ms ping
    11.91 Mbps down
    4.20 Mbps up

    In Lombard:

    LTE
    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 plan...as 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:

    4G/HSPA+
    108 ms ping
    4.84 Mbps down
    0.62 Mbps up
     
  20. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Yikes! ATT really sucks.

    I wonder if they will improve it.

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

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    AT&T:

    Downers Grove

    14 DL
    12 UL

    LaGrange

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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