I'm preparing to buy an iPad2 3G and live in Marin and work in San Francisco. The Bay Area has notoriously bad AT&T 3G coverage which my wife knows all too well as she has had an iPhone for several years and AT&Ts coverage is dismal. Based on the data plans and other features that AT&T provides versus Verizon, I would prefer to go with AT&T so long as their coverage is at least as good as Verizon's will be going forward.
I have two questions - does anyone have any idea what effect the acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T will have on coverage/speed in the Bay Area? Also, how does AT&T in the Bay Area match up against Verizon in terms of coverage and speed right now?