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AT&T prepared for iPad 3G users?
With 300,000 iPads sold on day one, we're sure there are still people waiting out until Apple releases the 3G enabled version of the iPad later this month before taking the plunge of purchasing it. Some people heavily prefer the advantages it has to offer with ease of having internet connectivity at almost any location, but some have questioned whether or not AT&T is prepared for the influx of potential customers that'll call their network home. It's no surprise at this point at how the iPhone was able to test AT&T's network capacity – we've all heard the myriad of issues stemming from the amount of data usage that iPhone users tend to be associated with.

With approximately 30 days before iPad 3G models start to become readily available, AT&T is said to be investing heavily to upgrade their network for the upcoming rush of iPad users. Spokesman Mark Siegel said that the network operator has “of course factored the iPad into its network planning.” Some are suggesting that the iPad shouldn't pose too much of a concern seeing that it's larger than a cell phone and that consumers are unlikely to carry it everywhere they go – which ultimately means less demand for AT&T when compared to the iPhone.

Now it's really tough to gauge what to expect – especially when the iPad brings forth the onset of downloading new apps and content. AT&T's chief executive predicts that most consumers will be using the Wi-Fi iPad versus the 3G model. In any event, we're crossing our fingers that AT&T still doesn't undermine the sheer amount of usage consumers expect to use on the 3G iPad. There are a lot of expectations being looked at as the 3G version of the iPad will once again test AT&T's performance – let's hope they truly are ready.

source: Reuters

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


wateva i dnt think at&;t network would be able to handle soo much pressure from the ipad 3G .. i have at&t and have a blackberry bold 9700 my wife has a sony ericsson c905a from at&t and we both cannot make calls when we both have 5 bars of 3G or edge service. we have complained to at&t so many times they switched our phones also sim cards for 3 times already and still same problems calls fail even with 5 bars of reception texts come hours late my friends with verizon get mad at me cause i text back hours late also once i got my house phone and called my blackberry that had 5 bars of 3G and it never rang once it went straight to voicemail . called again same thing went straight to voice mail until finally the 3rd time it rang . its pathetic and its not like i live in the middle of nowere i live by downtown LA right in the city LA IS A big city . so im not in the middle of nowere .. until finally last week the girl at the at&t store admit it that at&t service has problems in the LA area. = / its kinda embarrassing that even my friends with t-mobile and boost have less dropped calls than i do .. so yea i know some of u might argue with me that at&t works good were ur at at ur area . but over here in LA is the worst company from all of them like i said even boost mobile n metro pcs work better .. and im not the only one having this problem with at&t everyone in my family has at&t and has the same problems they all want cancel and move to verizon or t-mobile cause it works better ... so i guess ima be switching me n my wife over to verizon soon !

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 00:18

2. ohwhyfanboywhy (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


+1 We keep getting messages saying that about additions of cell sites in our area when AT&T works just fine here in DC Metro. Sorry to hear you're having an awful experience with the network over there. I can't see why they spend more money upgrading coverage in areas that are perfectly fine as opposed to the ones that aren't such as your own. Good luck with VZW or T-Mo though. VZW would be my next choice if I wasn't bound by an agreement.

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 00:19

3. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


This is amazing to me. I live in riverside, and I know u k ow where that is but for those that don't it's 60 miles from LA, In Cali terms, pretty close. Point is my service with AT&T inky iPhone used to be good. Not the best but good. I'd get dropped calls and data failure. But mostly in the perris area. Now though, I rarely go under four bars, it's even more rare I get dropped calls, and data failure is rare. Also my 3G speeds are pretty damn good. Even at work in perris and moreno valley I don't have data or voice problems anymore. So I'm surprised tonhear these horror stories coming from socal. But. I guess it's just from higher amounts of usage in the bigger city.

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 00:20

4. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)


ay omar i know how u feel u are not the only one ... i also have at&t but i live in miami and i had it with at&t i have an iphone 3GS ,my daughter has an lG shine 2, my husband has a lg vu . and we have the same problems call failed with 5 bars of reception also at&t has switched out phones and sim cards 3 times already same problems ...also when my friends call me my phone never rings it goes straight to voicemail my friends also have verizon so they have awesome service , well yea when they call me since it goes straight to voicemail they get mad at me cause they think i dnt wanna talk to them.... also texts come in hours late . also there 3G network is crap i can never connect to it to browse the web i always have to be relying on wi-fi ... cause most of the time even tho i have 5 bars of 3G i still cannot connect i get ''network unavailable'' and also when it finally connects the call the most im able to talk is 2-3 minutes cause then it just goes quiet and i get ''call ended'' once i was talking to my husband and i lasted 3 minutes i was shocked cause it didnt disconnect the call .. so yea im also going to change to verizon soon... also i think that the ipad 3G is going to make at&t network even worse .... its already crap and with the ipad 3G is going to get worse......

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 02:28

5. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Clever, I live in Anaheim, pretty much an hour away from LA, I'm sure you know that. I had an AT&T iPhone and had dropped calls in the beginning, but now, like you said, I pretty much never go under 4 bars and my 3G speeds are actually amazing. I don't use the iPhone anymore, but that was since the beginning of the year, so I'm sure it hasn't worsened since then. I dunno, maybe it could be certain LA areas, but whenever I hit up Hollywood, I get even more service and never have probs. My sister has an iPhone 3GS and is in LA all the time and never has issues. It seriously could just be a coincidence, but I'm happy with AT&T for now. If iPhone 4.0 doesn't step it up in 3 days, I'm going to Sprint to lower my bill. :]

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 23:12

12. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


I don't know where in Miami u living at, I have an Iphone3GS too am my speed is blazing fast. I've clocked up to 3mbs my friends who have a droid rarely go over 1.5 mbs, and call quality is fine also. Remember to reset ur phones daily otherwise jump to Metropissofcrap like ur Cuban friends did....!!!!

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 08:28

6. merkeke (Posts: 62; Member since: 03 Jan 2009)


Well you can only hope for the best for any company if it fails there are other options with both verizon and sprint miff, a little extra but better service. But you will also be saving money on the iPad itself

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 09:20

7. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Wow it seems to me that ATT has there ups and down with there service in major area i never had an issues with mine at all never had i ever wanted to throw my phone against the wall, but there was times when i would be in agruement with the my girl and i get a "call fail" signal out of nowhere and be like "wtf ATT" .....lol all my drop calls with ATT aren't much but they sure do know when to pick the wrong time to drop calls...lol.....point is with apple ipad debuting with 300,000 sold like 75% will be having service issue in my opinion

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 10:34

8. jhoots (Posts: 74; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


who cares about the ipad?? really?? its a jumbo ipod touch and thats it!! waste your money on a Macbook they are wayyyy better for what people are expecting from this device. everyone is expecting this to be this revolutionary thing but its nothing to be excited about. Its a super expensive jumbo ipod touch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 11:44

9. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)


who are you to preach on what people choose to spend their money on?

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 17:02

10. spoonb1 (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Jan 2010)


agreed to both,... who cares what people decide to spend their money one(i and some friends of mine buy darn near every new high end gsm phone that comes out, use it for a bit, then sell and move on to the next latest and greatest-not ideal for everyone, but our choice) .... if they want to spend twice as much for a bigger version of the ipod touch they already have, let them... its stupid to me, but not to then obviously... true, it does nothing more for you than an ipod touch but whatever, personally i'd rather go with a tricked out big screen smart phone(x10, hd2, n1, etc..) or go with a netbook that actually has a keyboard, lol with more onboard mem and can be modded to run android and apps all the like... for the same money. to each their own, lol also, i worked for vzw for 4yrs... and going on 3rd yr with att... and i can honestly say that i never had/have service issues with either.. but phone selection(unlocked gsm, not just whats sold in stores) is by far better with att, sim cards are incredibley handy and data abilities like simultaneous v and d and the data speeds are what have earned my loyalty... can't see any foreseeable reason to ever leave even after they are not my employer, for what its worth

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 21:20

11. idontcare (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Apr 2010)


The rumor that AT&T has a garbage network is a thing of the past. Over the past year AT&T added 6500 T1 lines in San Francisco and 7000 in NYC just to name a few. They also more than doubled their 3g data speeds from the PC World test in Spring 2009 to the test in December 2009, when they posted significantly faster speeds than anyone else. That would lead me to believe that if AT&T can handle 40+ million iPhones, they can handle a few million more iPads. Of course each carrier is going to have trouble spots where there coverage/quality is lacking, but I'm surprised to hear that would be downtown LA, maybe that's where they'll add the next x,xxx T1's and towers.

posted on 07 Apr 2010, 09:38

13. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


I agree man, AT&T knows what they are doing no matter what bloggers think in my opinion. But what do i know AT&TFTW LOL

posted on 07 Apr 2010, 13:07

14. Gowireless (Posts: 85; Member since: 23 Feb 2010)


to lil to late vzw has been doing this for years thats why r coverage and 3g is better but keep trying at&t

posted on 07 Apr 2010, 13:20

16. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Oh they will continue to try, TRY being the key word there. They wasted 3 years and its too late....they can't catch up now. Verizon will have LTE middle of this year and ATT will have it when? End of 2011 or later? Good luck but really good riddance ATT...

posted on 07 Apr 2010, 13:16

15. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


I still have no respect for ATT. Yea, they are getting better....finally, after 3 years of iPhone exclusivity and lining the pockets of its shareholders and investors while their customers b*tch and moan and they get slammed in advertising. Now, with the very likely possibility of a Verizon or even Sprint iPhone they start building out the network to accomodate heavier traffic...? IMO, it just shows they don't care about their customers or (at least when they had exclusivity) their company image. Not someone I would sign up with...

posted on 05 Dec 2010, 22:48

17. JourneyA (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2010)


The 2010 Personal Computer product sales forecast has been revised downward from initial projections. PC product sales are being impacted by the reputation of Apple's iPad and its tablet kin. Industry analysts are saying the trend will gain momentum. The PC time might be coming to an end, given the increased acceptance of tablets and other technology for instance hosted virtual desktops.

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