Why are AT&T models sold out & not Verizon?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by NateEssex, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. NateEssex macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2008
    Yesterday, you couldn't get an AT&T model anywhere by me(NJ). They had Verizon models all over. Isn't the Verizon model better because you can use it as a hotspot? And, you can put an iPhone 4s sim on AT&T in it, making it more versatile. Am I missing something?
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Maybe people want the extra GB with the $30 plan, or maybe people figure because LTE is newer on AT&T there will be less traffic. Or perhaps maybe there were fewer AT&T models around because it is the same model sold worldwide. Or perhaps it's just a function of the stores near you.

    There are any number of plausible explanations. It's anyone's guess until we start seeing actual sales figures.
  3. MarkG21 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2010
    In a forum (like this), you would think the vast majority would want/care for those features. In reality, the opposite is true. We are in the minority.
  4. PLin macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2003
    It's probably because with the iPad 2, the AT&T models were a lot more popular, which gave them higher resale value. The Verizon models could only be used in the US, since they didn't support GSM. Many people probably don't realize that the Verizon models now support GSM and can be used internationally.
  5. intofx macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
  6. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    Me too but do they throttle after 3GB like on the iphone?
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No. Not yet at least. But I don't think they ever will b/c there are so (relatively) few "unlimited" iPad plans around anymore to make much of a difference to ATT -- especially in relationship to the even more bad press they'd get if they did.

    But I suspect if they ever do activate tethering like Verizon "unlimited" people will be ineligible just like on the iPhone.
  8. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2010
  9. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    People probably don't realize the Verizon model is global as well, they're too used to buying the AT&T
  10. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    Many people don't think through as deeply as do people posting here. I got the AT&T version. I mostly just want the GPS feature and might never use LTE, but it is there for insurance. I already have AT&T on the iPhone so I guess it would be easier to have one account.
  11. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    AT&T models sold out at the Best Buys & Apple Store near me a well (eastern Long Island). I'm sure it's largely to do with many iDevice people already being on AT&T plans. But damn, I saw some Verizon LTE ipad3 speed tests posted by one of the chicks from Mashable -- 30Mbps down & 20 up (she's in NYC). Very impressive, better than many people's cable connection.
  12. bidwalj macrumors 65816

    Feb 16, 2007
    This. Most people don't realize the new iPad isn't CDMA only, what lte is and that it's on par with the AT&T version.
  13. dsampley macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    I got the AT&T model due to the grandfathered unlimited plan even though AT&T is not available in my market.
  14. catalyst6 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2007
    The "AT&T" model is the same model that is being shipped overseas as the 4G model. In fact, if you look at the back of an iPad box that is "AT&T," it doesn't even say AT&T on it...just 4G LTE. The Verizon version is explicitly labelled.

    I would expect that we would have a greater supply of Verizon models as Apple only has to ship it to the USA.
  15. ChrisTX macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    I have AT&T as my provider for my iPhone so I figured might as well go the same route with the iPad. I assume most other people feel the same way.
  16. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have ATT (grandfathered unlimited) on my iPhone...All of my previous iPads have been ATT...AND...I hate Verizon (this goes back many years to when they provided my home phone service and DSL)...
  17. Lloyd50 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    I chose AT&T because I get a corporate discount that applies to the highest data plan available bringing the total for 5 gigs a month to 38.00. I also added the iPad data plan to my AT&T wireless bill (post paid)
  18. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I have them both and I decided to keep the VZ model. VZ's LTE just blows AT&T away.

    It's going to be a good 2 years before AT&T match VZ's current LTE footprint. Whereas, VZ is scheduled to have network-wide LTE by then.
  19. OTACORB macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    The other factor for me is the fact that in most areas I travel there is no LTE. So, AT&T's 3G with HSPA + is much faster than Verizon's 3G. Coverage is also king and in my particular area which maybe an exception to the rule. AT&T kicks the crap out of Verizon.
  20. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    That's why I'm using my AT&T sim card from my old iPad in my new Verizon iPad if I'm in a spot that has crappy Verizon service. Also am using the Verizon iPad 3rd gen on 3G from Siena, Italy at the moment. The best of all worlds.
  21. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Why do you want the AT&T iPad over the Verizon iPad? That might be your answer.
  22. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    I got it because when LTE isn't available AT&T HSPA+ network is faster than verizons 3G. I travel a lot and don't always have access to LTE so the AT&T network is more versatile in my opinion.
  23. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    AT&T HSPA+ enabled area - 4 bars reception. Not to mention, the area has lower population density, with fewer users to congest the network

    DL 0.65 UL 0.67 -79ms
    DL 0.24 UL 1.24 -71ms
    DL 0.20 UL 0.48 -95ms

    People make the mistake of assuming that just because they say HSPA+, the network is able to handle the speeds -- doesn't work this way.

    It's the equivalent or driving a Lamborghini on a small country road, that is often congested with traffic. Sure the car can handle 200MPH but the road, conditions, and speed limits (AT&T caps) simply do not allow this.
  24. eagleglen macrumors 65816


    Oct 2, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I think the current lack of AT&T models is because of scaplers. At the Apple store I was at, six people at the front each bought two AT&T 64GB white models. That was the model I wanted and now couldn't. The Apple sales guy said that AT&T is unlocked for international use. The Verizon model can be used globally, but is locked to the local carrier Verizon choose. Technically superior to, the AT&T model operates on two LTE frequencies (700 and 2100 MHz), while the Verizon only one (700 MHz). The AT&T model is therefore the desired model for scaplers supplying Asian markets. Fortunately Apple has the supply chain well stocked, so apparently many scaplers are trying to return the hoard of devices they bought...HAHA!
  25. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    when I was in the palo alto store buying mine on launch day, I overhead one of the managers say there were holding the AT&T ones in the back and not to sell some of them as there were issues. Not sure if that meant issues WITH them or wanting to be able to swap for people returning verizon ones, or bad AT&T ones? regardless, take this with a grain of salt.

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