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iPad 4G data plan comparison: Verizon vs AT&T

0. phoneArena posted on 15 Mar 2012, 07:27

So, you are planning on getting that new, shiny iPad and you also want some 4G goodness along with it, eh? Well, do not take out that credit card just yet. Before you do that, it would be very wise to choose the better carrier to get your 4G service from...

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posted on 15 Mar 2012, 07:35 3

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

Sprint! lol

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 15:08 3

17. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

no dude...just no

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 07:51 2

2. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)

When did we settle on $10 per gig? It used to be $30 unlimited and we're already down to $10 per gig? Try $5. Yeesh. This just convinces me to get a tablet with Wifi only.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:16 1

4. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

Its what people will pay. They use to offer Unlimited to get people on smartphone data plans. Then because of the Top 5% that abuse the snot out of data by modifying their phone to use it as WIFI Hotspot we lost Unlimited. Its one thing to tethering occasionally but to tether all the time because you are so cheap to get a regular connection is another.

I root my Android phones but never use tethering because its unnecessary. Currently I have a iPhone 4S until this weekend when I return to Android Via Galaxy Note. I will root it instantly to remove adware crap and other things. As a heavier user I am near 3-5GB per month. How, you get to 20-30GB on a phone that supposedly is not a hot spot is beyond me.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:44

8. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

well said... It reminds me when my college had to start charging extra to print in their computer clusters. Its because they were losing so much money on the top 5% of users that were printing 1000+ page reports and entire textbooks on a regular basis.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:10 1

3. nelsonl21 (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)

Verizon has to update their map. It has been almost 3 years since you left the Puerto Rico market which was bought by Claro.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:38

6. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

you can txt in PR at no cost along with using your 3g data...voice calls are .69 however (so just use data and text to communicate lol)

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:23 2

5. danwatson (Posts: 117; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

In other words, buy verizon. I seriously doubt people will be able to keep data under 3GB for long if LTE works well. If you stream video & music, you will definitely be over. Verizon offers WAY better coverage and the ability to use the ipad as a hotspot for roughly the same price.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:39

7. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

You are missing the $20 1 gigabyte option on Verizon. It is only available through prepay but it is available.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:46

9. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

im pretty sure thats for any 3g/4g ipad out there

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 09:31 4

10. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

" settle down with HSPA+". HSPA+ in some areas is crazy fast.. at&t has upgraded the HSPA+ a lot since they started using it. I get 9-12 Mbps on H+ and 23-32 on LTE with my Note in the Orlando area, some areas are faster.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 05:59

22. jagon91 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

wow... On t-mo my HSPA+ average is around 20. I always wondered how at&t's HSPA+ network was...

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 09:41

11. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

VeriZon hands down. And, iKnow what everyone is thinking: wait, he's about to bash the NEW ipad but, seriously, iAm not. This is about the bestest' 4G LTE coverage (albeit iLTE) in the land with the better options. That Verizon 4G iLTE is blazin' hot with coverage. Whereas, AT&T's map looks like it's riddled with Chicken Pox. Imagine the iDiot who subscribes to a 250 MB $14.99 Data Plan, only to pay $29.98 for 251 MB when he/she (or, botj) goes over because, NO ONE uses less than 250 MB of Data.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 13:32 1

15. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I only use about 100MB at most per month with my smartphones... Granted I'm mostly on WiFi, and my tablet is WiFi only, but I never am in a position where I am not connected to WiFi for what I'm doing.... if I'm in an area with no WiFi, it usually means I'm driving (and therefore not using the phone) or relaxing (and therefore not using the phone), and using my onboard media (i.e. music) during that time

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 11:31

12. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Not sure what these guys are smoking but anything running on faster than 3G speeds will eat up 1 GB very quickly. I would go straight for the 5GB deal to be safe, no point in going over and paying $10 per GB over(if you use a GB over or not). I'm using a Droid X and I easily get to a GB with normal use of the phone in a month and that's not even using Netflix, just searching and downloading and of course apps like weather and such. Soar past 250 mb in less than 2 days.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 12:45 1

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Just use Wi-Fi and save money - for those with unlimited plans - tether - Verizon will not care as much as AT&T will about that, but it will save money in the long run. 3GB usage on a tablet can be easily used in a few days. Not worth the money.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 13:13

24. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)

Not everyone can be connected to wi-fi. I only have it at work and since I work multiple locations, not all locations have wifi either. I do not have internet at home nor does my girlfriends place, this being the reason why I bought a tab with verizon service. I signed up on the 10GB plan for my galaxy tab 10.1 and I was hitting that easily. I switched to the 2GB (to save money) and I hit that limit in two days. *Words with friends, youtube, facebook.

posted on 18 Mar 2012, 23:03 1

26. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

No offense, but 2GB in 2 days...do you work?

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 13:29 1

14. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Don't forget to compare data speeds.... AT&T's LTE has been proven to be faster than Verizon's (and more reliable.. how many times has Verizon LTE been out nationwide since it launched?), and you have the fallback of HSPA+ when off LTE, which offers speeds (on AT&T) up to 21 Mbps... As for usage, I think only the folk that use their tablet all the time for both business and personal use that are never around WiFi would need more than 3GB monthly...

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 13:26 1

25. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Half the coverage, half the customers, you're not going to run into as many problems when you're managing a smaller service.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 13:55

16. Carlitos (Posts: 557; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

At&t has a 2GB plan and its for $25. Why is it N/A i currently have it.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 15:10

18. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

grand fathered? they do not offer that in their brochures...

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 15:44

20. Carlitos (Posts: 557; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

No not grandfathered. About a month ago i added a line with the SGS2 and, a 2gb plan for $25 was vailable and its been like that still.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 08:50

23. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

i saw a brochure about 4 days ago that didnt have that plan on it...either way if you're gonna pay for data on an ipad it might as well be Verizon :)

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 15:12 1

19. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

This shouldnt have been a comparison article at all...

it's like apples and oranges.

Verizon is a much stronger and faster network with way better customer service.

ATT is trying to stay competitive sure, but they are doing a horrible job at doing so, their customer service is awful and the HSPA+ is garbage here. I understand that it's location based, but if I'm going to spend the same amount of money on a silly Ipad in the first place, it's a no brainer what network to go with...

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 16:49 1

21. cuppacappachino (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

So I'm just going to throw it out there that you would have to be an idiot to go on AT&T's 5gb plan for $50 when you will pay the same amount for 5 gigs of use on the 3 gig plan, but on months you use less you will save money.

Or am I mistaken? You use 5 gigs one month on the 3 gig for $30 plan. You're charged an overage of $20. $30 + $20 = $50

I find the existance of the 5 gig plan on AT&T insulting because it will never save money over the 3 gig plan and has potential to cost more.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 01:19

27. TheLeopard (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

Reposted from PC Mag online:

Don't imagine you get 4G from Verizon for $30/month As a long-time Verizon user I was happy to upgrade from the iPad1 to the new 4G model but was astonished when I signed up for the data plan. Be prepared for a big first bill. Instead of the advertised $30 for 2GB price my receipt read as follows : Estimated monthly access fee $55.16 (includes one prorated and one full month), Selected Services Access Fees $12.85, Equipment surcharges $48.01, Taxes and fees $5.08, Estimated total $121.10. Apparently this includes an activation fee of $35 and if you stop the service for a month they will charge the same fee again when you reactivate. 03.19.2012 by ronaldecohen

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