Verizon vs AT&T - NYC

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Nick521, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Nick521 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I know this has been discussed here before, but after today's news about the Verizon plans, I wanted to see if anyone else had an opinion.

    What are your recommendations between AT&T and Verizon? I was all set to purchase the Verizon iPad on Friday (as I am a VZW subscriber), but I went into two of their stores today and there is indeed a $35 activation fee everytime you reactivate the 3G. There is a workaround by SUSPENDING the service, but you have to remember to suspend it monthly, prior to being billed.

    I am in NYC. I was wondering how AT&T's data is here and throughout the country.

    Thanks,

    Nick
     
  2. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

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    for the places ive been, delaware, virginia, idaho, near the cities its great but suburbs tend to suck horribly with edge the only reason i sold my 3g ipad and iphone 4 and went sprint evo 4g to tether to wifi ipad
     
  3. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    AT&T data is not as consistent over NYC as Verizon. However, an activation fee every time you start service is a no-go. It's just plain greedy.
     
  4. Nick521 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! I know, it's insane. I hope it changes by Friday, but I doubt it.
     
  5. macabouttobe, Mar 7, 2011
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    I travel through there about every other month and my 3g AT&T Ipad has had no problems. I understand it was an issue in the past, but AT&T has been pouring tons of capital in NY and SF that only a Verizon bigot would say has had no effect. There is a fairly reasonable return policy if you hedge your bets and things don't work out in your particular patch.. I thought I would not be using 3g very much and so far I've been at the lower 200meg tier. I have to say that I've exercised my ability to not renew twice now (6 months with ipad) when I knew I may not have a need for it for a while and the flexibility there is priceless. easy to "cancel" out via my ipad. I didn't know V had a re-activation fee, and for my use that would equate to a Term Commit. Maybe things will change but that is nuts. But I love being able to re-activate at a moments notice should I need it for whatever reason (and there usually is). Planning a few family road trips this summer and I know I'm going up to the 2gig and again the knowledge I can cancel or downgrade or re-activate or de-activate at my whim/will that is the carrier I'm going to partner with.
     
  6. Cha macrumors regular

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    Depends which part of NYC you are mainly located. The areas like around Times Square and Rockefeller Center, the 3G service is almost unusable (during the day)... But I have had great service on the Upper West and Upper East side...
     
  7. Nick521 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I guess I may need to stick with Verizon, but they are getting too greedy. They took away the Annual Upgrade, VIP status (if you spend over a certain amount), etc.
     
  8. Cha macrumors regular

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    Wow I did not realize VZ has changed so much... I will be staying on the AT&T for my iPad, because of the grandfathered unlimited plan. But I have to turn off the mail fetch during work, since the connection to the mail servers keeps hanging/really slow when I am in NYC... :(

    Also, your 3G performance is different based on how high or low you live/work in the buildings...
     

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