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VERIZON or AT&T

Discussion in 'iPad Carriers' started by bcilia, May 23, 2011.

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    Got a new iPad 2. I live in Westchester County NY. I have a Verizon iPad but frankly wonder if if should have gone with AT&T.

    I don't really care about intl. coverage. I have to decide by this Saturday if I want to exchange.

    Which is the better carrier for coverage and reliability?

    Thanks!!

    Bob
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    Welcome, Bob, from Cali! I bumped your thread to our Carrier Section ~ you might get quicker responses.:)
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    Do you have a crummy connection and slow speeds, or are you just randomly wondering?

    Wherever you use your iPad most, ask iPad users nearby. Coverage maps and random iPad owners all over the country and world on this forum won't know coverage where you are. Even in specific cities, coverage can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, street to street, at times.
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    Hey Bob, do you have an iPhone, and if so, how is the coverage with whatever carrier you have, also how is the coverage with whatever phone you have?
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    The coverage between phone and data can vary greatly. In the three major metros that I spend the most time in on both coasts, my AT&T iPhone coverage sucks. Meanwhile, my AT&T iPad coverage is good. (If I didn't use my phone heavily overseas, I would ditch the AT&T iPhone.)

    Basically, data coverage and phone coverage aren't on par, even from the same carrier.
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    Huh, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree because I've personally found that the data and phone coverages are pretty on par, I mean it's the same 3G hardware and if your signal strength is the same, there's really no reason why you shouldn't be getting very similar service.

    I don't think I've ever seen a difference in more than 1 bar between my phone and iPad.
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    or you could take the wifi only route if you have a phone with hot spot capabilities. I wasn't giving Verizon another contract so I just got a Droid Charge and the 4G hot spot is blazing fast with the iPad. Even 3G is ok but 4G is just insane. Not trying to hijack the thread just throwing out another option.
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    I don't bother looking at bars. All I need is to know how many of my calls get dropped on iPhone in the same cities where my iPad 3G connection works fine.

    Like I said, depends on where you live / use you gadgets most. Your experience doesn't reflect mine, because our locations are different.
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    I agree that the 'bars' analog indicator is nearly meaningless. What I use as an indicator is whether the device is in 3G or 1x or no signal at all. I live in a Boston suburb and work in Boston. I have a work-issued Blackberry on AT&T and a bunch of devices on Verizon. There is no meaningful difference overall - both have large coverage gaps in the areas outside downtown Boston where I spend a lot of time. Coverage, like politics and real estate, is inherently local.

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