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  • AT&T: Yeah... About That 4G Tethering With the New iPad


    When Apple announced the new iPad yesterday, they also introduced 4G LTE technologies to the tablet for the first time for faster cellular data when performing Internet tasks on the fly. With that, they also told us we would be able to use the new iPad as a tethering hotspot with the 4G LTE network. They continued by explaining to us that AT&T and Verizon would be the only two companies offering the new iPad Ė Sprint will not as their 4G LTE network is not as expansive as the other two carriers' 4G LTE networks are.

    If you bought one of the new iPads from AT&T, then donít hold your breath. AT&T has no plans to start supporting 4G LTE tethering via the new iPad just yet and is currently working with Apple to make it a future feature. That being said, we don't know if AT&T will include it with the current data plans or force you to pay extra for tethering. Citing 9to5Mac, this information comes from a query to an AT&T spokesperson:

    Quote Originally Posted by AT&T
    We are working with Apple to enable this feature in the future, but we currently do not offer it.
    Verizon, on the other hand, will be supporting the new iPadís 4G LTE tethering to other devices as soon as it comes out. The 4G LTE tethering means you can use the 4G LTE network from your iPad and move it to up to five other devices such as a laptop or other handheld Wi-Fi device. Verizon spokesperson Albert Aydin says:

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Aydin (Verizon)
    The new iPad on the Verizon Wireless network will have the mobile hotspot feature. Our 4G LTE tablets have the mobile hotspot feature and it is included in the tablet data plans so for example, customers who sign up for the $30 for 2GB plan will also have access to the mobile hotspot feature.
    These announcements the day after the first pre-order date will be devastating for anyone who bought the AT&T version of the new iPad already. With AT&T struggling to produce a fully-functional device on the first launch date and Verizon on its toes ready for just about anything, Iíd say Verizon has the upper hand in winning customers for the new iPad. Tethering is a very useful feature that could make or break someone's decision to buy one, especially with the lower costs of using an iPad on a cellular network over using an iPhone.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T: Yeah... About That 4G Tethering With the New iPad started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Not really sure what the big deal is..if you own an iPad you more than likely have an iPhone. Tether with that and stop the tears yikes. We already knew Verizon had the jump on 4G. They were one of the 1st companies to tout it. We also know we are far off from actual 4G. Can't wait till it becomes a reality. In the meantime take a # and wait like everyone else.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      It's much, much cheaper to buy the Wifi version and get a Wifi Hotspot device.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I can't help but feel like a lot of this is bickering just for the sake of principle. I can see why you'd want iPad tethering if you don't have an iPhone, or Internet access at home. But when is that EVER the case?
      All the iPad speed tests I've seen show AT&T stomping Verizon. Same goes for iPhones, at least in my area. Is the ability to tether (using a slower data service at that) really more important than faster speeds on the actual device? Keep in mind that Verizon's mid-range data plan offers a gig less for the same cost as well. Verizon is fortunate to have a better reputation over the years, and I can understand why. I had an iPhone back in the day when you used to have to go to a buggy website and write a name and password just to see a picture message because AT&T wasn't prepared to handle MMS. And the picture looked like crap when you finally were able to get it to load (if you were even lucky enough to). We waited a good while for that to be solved. It was a nightmare. They're much better now but they really still should be investing more money on improving infrastructure and the network. Adds aren't going to convince customers that your network is good as much as having a good network will! But I think in this instance, AT&T is still a better bet for the new iPad, and the more that people flock to Verizon the more true that becomes.
    1. Agent929's Avatar
      Agent929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PorthosPirate View Post
      Strange, I have been told by 2 separate reps that Tethering will be permitted at the $50/5GB plan
      Trust me. The reps in an AT&T store are about as stupid as my dog when it comes to the future.