Toggling AT&T iPad LTE On and OFF?

sidgriffey

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aypues

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Per this article http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/03/13/first-ipad-3rd-generation-unboxing-video-reveals-4g-lte-toggle/ someone posed a great question about whether AT&T LTE iPads would turn off HSPA+ once LTE is toggled off or if it is literally only toggling off LTE, thereby letting users operate on HSPA+, or, AT&T's "4G."

Anyone know the answer to this? Furthermore, does this information make the AT&T or Verizon iPad more desireable?
I was thinking exactly the same thing when I saw that switch.
 

sidgriffey

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I was thinking exactly the same thing when I saw that switch.
It really brings up the following question too: If the main reason we toggle off LTE is to save battery and we want to still get a speed that is decent and reliable, then does this affect the decision to go with AT&T or Verizon? I live in Los Angeles/ Santa Monica area where theoretically both carriers cover me. But I have no experience with VZW 3G to know if toggling off LTE would land me a bag of hurt (to quote SJ) or if it's fine and more battery efficient than, say, running at HSPA+ ... again, assuming toggling LTE off on the AT&T even gets you HSPA+.
 

dagamer34

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It really brings up the following question too: If the main reason we toggle off LTE is to save battery and we want to still get a speed that is decent and reliable, then does this affect the decision to go with AT&T or Verizon? I live in Los Angeles/ Santa Monica area where theoretically both carriers cover me. But I have no experience with VZW 3G to know if toggling off LTE would land me a bag of hurt (to quote SJ) or if it's fine and more battery efficient than, say, running at HSPA+ ... again, assuming toggling LTE off on the AT&T even gets you HSPA+.
Considering the difference between 4G and WiFi web browsing is only an hour, I don't think it makes that big a difference. The screen brightness will matter a lot more.