Verizon 3G vs AT&T Edge; which is faster?

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  1. bchaplin macrumors member

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    Thinking of getting an iPad. Where I live I'll have the LTE network, so the choice between AT&T and Verizon doesn't make much difference. However one place I visit (in a very rural area), offers only 3G from Verizon or Edge on the AT&T network. Any idea which is faster -- or, less painfully slow -- in that situation?

    Thanks!
     
  2. dread macrumors 6502a

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    Verizon will be up to 5 times faster. Edge is unusable.
     
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    Where I work we finally got AT&T 3G in Nov of 2010. The Edge we had before that was slower than dial up. The Verizon 3G from the USB device I used with my MBP was much faster.
     
  5. bchaplin thread starter macrumors member

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    one further clarification

    Thanks!
    When I look at the AT&T coverage map more closely, I think the color they are showing for this area (Gordonsville, Virginia) is something they classify as "Mobile Broadband". On their legend of color codes it is below "4G" and above "EDGE". For iPad use, does that make any difference?
     
  6. imlynxy macrumors 65816

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    I tried internet radio on verizon 3g and iphone 4s att 4g. Verizon works the same. I liked ATT, I like GSM more, but 20/1 plan and tethering for emergncy made the choice
     
  7. aneftp macrumors 601

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    In real world time. Verizon real CDMA 3G gets between 500kpbs-2mbs.

    In real time AT&T edge gets between 75-160kpbs.

    It gets very confusing because some of Verizon's older CDMA tech out in the boonies barely gets 300kpbs and Verizon defines that as 3G. Thus the lawsuit AT&T tried to sue Verizon a couple of years ago.

    But for basic web browsing your latency and ping times matter more once you get download speeds faster than 500kpbs. The lower the ping times the faster the we page will start to load
     
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    That means you just get regular 3G from AT&T, which goes up to 7.2Mbps. Verizon 3G goes up to 3.1Mbps.
     
  10. bchaplin thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for this and all the other super-helpful answers!
    I wish that AT&T and Verizon sites were clearer with this information.
     
  11. UrsaMajor macrumors regular

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    Edge is painfully slow. I remember using opera mini on iPhone with images off and using mobile sites and still waiting forever.
     
  12. yeah macrumors 6502a

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    On the AT&T chart:

    Yellow dots/stars = LTE
    Dark blue = HSPA+
    Blue = Mobile Broadband = 3G
    Light blue = EGDE
    White = No signal
    http://www.att.com/network/?
     

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