Well? Well? Hotspot status both carriers?

H0mersimps0n

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So painfully I had to jump town on business before I could get my iPad 3 which arrived by mail today.

Dying to know- does AT&T or Verizon iPad 3 have hotspot activated on 4g lte and does it work?

Get back tomorrow and can't wait to get my hands on it. Hope I don't regret AT&T but apparently even if I do I can return within 14 days to apple for refund.

Thanks guys
 

Ccrew

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So painfully I had to jump town on business before I could get my iPad 3 which arrived by mail today.

Dying to know- does AT&T or Verizon iPad 3 have hotspot activated on 4g lte and does it work?

Get back tomorrow and can't wait to get my hands on it. Hope I don't regret AT&T but apparently even if I do I can return within 14 days to apple for refund.

Thanks guys
Only Verizon is doing hotspot.
 

H0mersimps0n

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This has been confirmed? What happens when you try to activate on the AT&T ones? Nothing?

DAMNIT
 

ZBoater

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Exchange time. I just don't understand why anyone bought the AT&T version. :confused:
1. Because I have unlimited data.
2. Because AT&T LTE is faster than Verizon LTE
3. Because AT&T falls back on HSPA+ (4G) which runs circles around Verizon's 3G.
4. Because Verizon's LTE in my area is a joke. Performance is spotty and falls back to 3G a lot (see #3).
5. Because AT&T's LTE so far is awesome in my area. With 2 bars I am getting 11-16Mbps down.

As far as iDevices go, AT&T > Verizon every day of the week, and weekends too.
 

CrAkD

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1. Because I have unlimited data.
2. Because AT&T LTE is faster than Verizon LTE
3. Because AT&T falls back on HSPA+ (4G) which runs circles around Verizon's 3G.
4. Because Verizon's LTE in my area is a joke. Performance is spotty and falls back to 3G a lot (see #3).
5. Because AT&T's LTE so far is awesome in my area. With 2 bars I am getting 11-16Mbps down.

As far as iDevices go, AT&T > Verizon every day of the week, and weekends too.
you may be the minority. every speed test ive seen on here today has verizon being much faster. I got 20 down and 20 up today with 3 bars on verizon. I saw other verizon tests with 40 and 50mbps results.
 

coolbreeze

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1. Because I have unlimited data.
2. Because AT&T LTE is faster than Verizon LTE
3. Because AT&T falls back on HSPA+ (4G) which runs circles around Verizon's 3G.
4. Because Verizon's LTE in my area is a joke. Performance is spotty and falls back to 3G a lot (see #3).
5. Because AT&T's LTE so far is awesome in my area. With 2 bars I am getting 11-16Mbps down.

As far as iDevices go, AT&T > Verizon every day of the week, and weekends too.
Yeah if all those stars align, AT&T is better. You are very much in the minority.
 

bidwalj

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1. Because I have unlimited data.
2. Because AT&T LTE is faster than Verizon LTE
3. Because AT&T falls back on HSPA+ (4G) which runs circles around Verizon's 3G.
4. Because Verizon's LTE in my area is a joke. Performance is spotty and falls back to 3G a lot (see #3).
5. Because AT&T's LTE so far is awesome in my area. With 2 bars I am getting 11-16Mbps down.

As far as iDevices go, AT&T > Verizon every day of the week, and weekends too.
Number 2 is not true. Both use the same lte technology so theoretically, they both have the same speed. Lte is lte, there aren't 5-6 different versions like with 3G. Speed largely matters on the towers and users.
 

Intell

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Number 2 is not true. Both use the same lte technology so theoretically, they both have the same speed. Lte is lte, there aren't 5-6 different versions like with 3G. Speed largely matters on the towers and users.
If the faster backhaul is there, it is. The other more common reason for faster speeds on AT&T is that Verizon's LTE network already has many devices on it using up bandwidth. AT&T's only has a few Android devices and now the iPad 3.
 

jsolares

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Number 2 is not true. Both use the same lte technology so theoretically, they both have the same speed. Lte is lte, there aren't 5-6 different versions like with 3G. Speed largely matters on the towers and users.
LTE is not the only thing that determines what speed you get.

You also have to keep in mind what pipe AT&T and Verizon have to their antennas, how many customers are using that same antenna, etc.

So for him, it might well be 100% true.
 

bidwalj

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LTE is not the only thing that determines what speed you get.

You also have to keep in mind what pipe AT&T and Verizon have to their antennas, how many customers are using that same antenna, etc.

So for him, it might well be 100% true.
I'm not debating that at all, its more than just the technology behind it. I was simply stating that the statement Att is faster than Verizon isn't true for lte. With all things equal, the limitations are the same for once (unlike CDMA rev a 3G and hspa +)
 

ZBoater

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H0mersimps0n

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My local store has Verizon pads in stock- going to exchange crappy AT&T one out when I get back into town- screw you AT&T - hello Verizon and hotspot awesomeness
 

donnaw

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Just curious, why all the fuss about a hotspot? I mean, your iPad has a data connection, your phone probably does too. What devices are you going to connect to it? I can easily see needing a hotspot on your phone so you can connect a wifi iPad or other tablet but I'm lost on why one for the iPad. Unless you're connecting a laptop.

How are you planning to use it?
 

ZBoater

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Just curious, why all the fuss about a hotspot? I mean, your iPad has a data connection, your phone probably does too. What devices are you going to connect to it? I can easily see needing a hotspot on your phone so you can connect a wifi iPad or other tablet but I'm lost on why one for the iPad. Unless you're connecting a laptop.

How are you planning to use it?
This is a good question. I have hotspot on my iPhone, and with unlimited LTE on my iPad, the chances of me needing to connect my laptop to the internet while away from wifi are slim to none. Checking email and web browsing are 90% of what I do while I'm out and about.

Sure, an LTE hotspot on my iPad sounds cool, but at the end of the day why would I pick a provider that in my area has spotty service and the LTE falls back on very poor 3G? To each his own I guess. I am happy in the minority. :D
 

Dkorda

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Quit complaining. Just wait for the jailbreak, MyWi will be $20, one time fee.. Has 10x more options than any native hotspot.
 

donnaw

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This is a good question. I have hotspot on my iPhone, and with unlimited LTE on my iPad, the chances of me needing to connect my laptop to the internet while away from wifi are slim to none. Checking email and web browsing are 90% of what I do while I'm out and about.

Sure, an LTE hotspot on my iPad sounds cool, but at the end of the day why would I pick a provider that in my area has spotty service and the LTE falls back on very poor 3G? To each his own I guess. I am happy in the minority. :D
Me too. I have an iPad 2 with AT&T and when I purchased my new iPad I was reading about the hotspot thing and initially though 'cool'. But when I thought about it more closely I just couldn't find a use case for it. I have very good AT&T service (I'm in Austin) and I've alway had good coverage where I travel too.

So I'm failing to see the hubbub. I would think coverage and signal strength where you use your device would be the primary consideration. Hence my curiosity.
 

hcho3

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Don't you all carry smartphone anyway? Why can't you just use hotspot from your phones?
 

pogiboi

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In Houston and Austin, AT&T has far better speeds than Verizon. Coverage is also much more consistent with AT&T. This is after owning and using both versions of the new iPad.