Verizon or At&t

hawaiian29

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Feb 5, 2012
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Hello,

Now we all know that the new ipad is coming out on friday and I decided to do some last minute research as now i am kinda panicing as I have no idea what to do because I will be getting in line at 5 a.m. on friday. so I figured out that i will get the 64gig white Ipad 3 with 3g/4g coverage and now its down to figuring out what carrier to go with so any ideas with that based on coverage for both 3g/4g and i live in texas and will be traveling alot to colorado and the north such as boston new york I need at least 2gigs of data and am using it for surfing the web games and netflix thanks for the help

any replies are welcome
 

Good User Name

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Jul 7, 2011
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I'm in pretty much the same boat as you are. I'm not sure how to decide between AT&T and Verizon.

Why would anyone choose one over the other? Besides the free tethering option that Verizon is offering (which AT&T will probably match at some point) why choose Verizon?

I hear AT&T is faster. I hear that Verizon has better coverage. I don't know how true either of those claims are.

Anyone else have any better information to make this decision easier?
 

SteinMaster

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Feb 28, 2009
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Verizon Wireless has a much better 4G network. The word is that AT&T will be renting 4g network space from Verizon. AT&T is years behind Verizon in the 4G technology. If 4G bandwidth issues arise, AT&T subscribers will be the first to get throttled or kicked off the network. Heard this from a fairly reliable source. Verizon coverage is much better too.
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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If coverage is a priority, Verizon's a better choice since LTE is available in 202 cities to AT&T's 28 at the moment. AT&T's network appears to be faster than Verizon's where it is available, but Verizon's is pretty fast. Also, Verizon plans include the hotspot feature. On the other hand, AT&T gives you 3GB for $30 while Verizon gives you 2GB for that price. It comes down to what is more important to you.
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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I hear that the Verizon model can take an AT&T SIM if you change your mind.
True, but it won't get LTE coverage since AT&T uses a different frequency. You might also have difficulty activating it on an Verizon iPad since AT&T won't recognize the IMEI. You might need to have it activated over the phone or at a store.