Advertisement
 

Why you may want to buy the Verizon iPad 4G over AT&T

User Rating: / 1
PoorBest 
Friday, 09 March 2012

Why you may want to buy the Verizon iPad 4G over AT&T


With the recent news of separate versions of the iPad available for Verizon and AT&T some may ask which model to buy. The first though may be to check 3G/4G coverage in your area, but there's another factor that may weigh into your decision. If you find yourself in a 3G area with both Verizon and AT&T it may make more sense to go with the Verizon model instead of AT&T. Why would you want to go with the Verizon's slower 3G when AT&T offers upgraded HSPA+ branded as 4G?

The answer is simple, the Verizon model also supports global HSPA+ support, which AT&T offers on their network. In theory if the new iPad ships "unlocked" you could take your Verizon iPad over to AT&T and get a sim if they offer faster HSPA+ service in your area. Then when Verizon gets 4G LTE coverage in your area you'll be able to go back over to Verizon and use their 4G LTE network! Apple did announce that the device would be carrier locked to either Verizon or AT&T on 4G LTE, but didn't mention anything regarding 3G.

New iPad Bands Supported:

Verizon model: LTE6 (700 MHz); CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). These are the same cellular frequencies that AT&T uses for HSPA+ allowing you to use either service on 3G or 4G, just not 4G LTE.

AT&T’s model: Wi-Fi + 4G for AT&T model: LTE6 (700, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). The iPad on AT&T doesn't support EVDO so you'd never be able to use Verizon's network.

Again, this article is only theory and it may or may not be possible if the new iPad is also carrier locked on the 3G network. If so, it's likely that you'll see some type of unlock feature hit down the road after programmers get their hands on the new iPad. There are several users where this will be a non issue as Verizon offers 4G LTE coverage in 200+ markets, while AT&T lags behind with only 28 markets. If you already have 4G LTE with each carrier we've found the speeds comparable between Verizon and AT&T, so you'd want to pickup the carrier that works best in your area.


Related Links:



 
< Prev   Next >

EVDO News, Tips, Products, Reviews, Verizon and Sprint Experts.
Welcome to the #1 source for EVDO Information. Search our EVDO forums, read our EVDO Blogs, check EVDO coverage and when ready, buy your EVDO products from us, your EVDO Experts. Call us @ 1-866-3GSTORE.
 
The image “http://www.evdoinfo.com/images/stories/evdo_easy_button.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
 

CrawlTrack: free crawlers and spiders tracking script for webmaster- SEO script -script gratuit de dÔøΩtection des robots pour webmaster