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  • iPad 2 on Verizon: Slower, But Cheaper


    Verizon released data plan pricing for its version of the iPad 2, and AT&T announced a new plan giving users the option of being billed for their service rather than having to pre-pay. The two plans are roughly equivalent, though Verizon offers a discount for the heaviest data users. A recent study showing AT&T still with a dominant lead on download speeds, however, may give data hogs pause: Verizon users might get the bandwidth for less money, but it'll be slower.

    AT&T is still offering the two plans they rolled out with the original iPad: the Data Plus with 250MB for $14.99/mo or Data Pro with 2GB for $25. Concurrent with the iPad 2 launch, AT&T is adding a post-paid option where users pay the same amount for the two data plans, but Data Pro users get billed at $10 per gigabyte for overages. Previously, the only option was just to pay for another month of service at the same price; Data Plus users pretty much still have to do that, but they'll just get a bill rather than having to pay as they go. For the Verizon iPad 2, it's a little more straightforward. Data plans go from $20 per month for 1 GB on a sliding scale up to $80 per month for 10 GB, with overages at $10 for every gigabyte. (A good comparison chart is here.) So if you're a bandwidth beast who uses 14 GB a month, you're going to pay $175 to AT&T, but just $120 to Verizon.

    Sounds like a good deal... but as usual in this world, you don't get something for nothing. The latest comparison of AT&T and Verizon for bandwidth shows that iPhone 4s on AT&T were able to download twice as fast in five major cities as their Verizon counterparts. This backs up an earlier study by Speedtest.net that showed AT&T's HSDPA network performing, as expected, twice as well as the Verizon EV-DO Rev. A system. Of course, Verizon does have better coverage: if you can't get AT&T where you are, it doesn't matter how fast it is. So if you're weighing an AT&T versus a Verizon iPad, where you are and how much data you expect to use should be the key determinations.

    Source: AllThingsD
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2 on Verizon: Slower, But Cheaper started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. bst056981's Avatar
      bst056981 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melkizer View Post
      100x Faster 
      Wow that is a large number
      yes i would agree with 100X im in north louisiana and At&t most times is slow enough that even the google maps app will not load and time out even weather app. I get better speed when i force to edge. Im glad technically att should be faster but my verizon droid will run circles around my iphone in data. and actually make calls. does not matter what the specs say if you cant even receive calls. just waiting for att contract to end.
    1. riggs1986's Avatar
      riggs1986 -
      I have the Verizon iPhone and I have no issues running into data speeds issue. I watch Netflix without buffering, YouTube videos without waiting. I have never been disappointed with Verizon data speeds, especially when I have signal everywhere and 3G everywhere. So I see no exception for the iPad running flawless on Verizon. It's like having the fastest car in the world but if you never top it out, then it's a waste.
    1. Brinky's Avatar
      Brinky -
      These comments out how AT&T sucks or Verizon is faster are not very helpful.
      I hope you people realize that it all depends on where you live.

      Kudo's to the folks that actually say where AT&T or Verizon is better.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      I tethered my iPad to my DroidX so I could see how much data is actually used when doing basic tasks on the iPad. I streamed music from AudioGalaxy for about 10 minutes and used over 100 megs. Going to facebook and checking a few things was about 25 megs. WTF. How can anyoen stay under 2gb is beyond me. But then again, thats the point of it...right AT&T. You **** your users out of so much money by offering limited data. Oh, and my verizon service is faster than my AT&T used to be. At least it is in the CA central valley.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      I just dont understand why would someone stream that big size movie on iPad and not over the Wifi knowing they got 2GB plan. That movie with buffering every 2 seconds would take instead of 1hr 30min, it would be 4 hrs.
      1) Because they can.
      2) I watch Hulu with my iPhone4, tethered, all the time. Some places I have to drop to medium quality, but in most 3G areas, I can watch in High without any interruption.

      The problem is, most people take their wifi for granted. Try traveling! Wait until that Hotel-fi is slower than EDGE, or that Coffee-fi costs you $20/mo. You will understand our pain then.

      I rather liked the AT&T iPhone and VeriPad idea, I may do just that, because then I would never have to deal with EDGE again. JB the iPad, add MyWi, and you'd even still have talk-and-surf via iPad wifi, lol.


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    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brinky View Post
      These comments out how AT&T sucks or Verizon is faster are not very helpful.
      I hope you people realize that it all depends on where you live.

      Kudo's to the folks that actually say where AT&T or Verizon is better.
      Exactly. For those who have equally good coverage for both carriers, that's a choice for you. A lot of people don't have a choice (or at least a very equal choice). For me it's either fast AT&T but can't get service half the time to even use my data, or full coverage with Verizon but with slower speeds but still get to use my service anywhere.

      It probably comes down to that for a lot of people too.
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      I don't know how someone can stay under 2GB a month. If you watch 1 Netflix movie you can easily use 400MB. I'm sure you can if you only do e-mail and web browsing but not when your watching videos a lot.
      You have to LOL! it's like rationing your food where it's scarce and waiting till the next crop season. Or you can imagine yourself in a dungeon, you're thrown a piece of bread and bowl of water... gotta make it last! LOL
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      I will just continue to use MyWi for my iPad.
      Exactly! Thats using the old noggin
    1. Eight08's Avatar
      Eight08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brinky View Post
      These comments out how AT&T sucks or Verizon is faster are not very helpful.
      I hope you people realize that it all depends on where you live.

      Kudo's to the folks that actually say where AT&T or Verizon is better.
      Well let me help then... where I live in HAWAII AT&T sucks... only in the heavier populated areas will AT&T get the speeds these tech sites talk about, the problem is I need that speed in all areas and AT&T can't offer that. Verizon on the other hand offers me consistent speeds in 99% of the areas I travel, where I live, this I can live with. In many parts of the islands 3G is almost non existent with AT&T, so for me speeds are irrelevant. When I travel from State to State or city to city like Vegas, LA, Portland, San Fran, Boise, my sons iPhone (at&t) will drop signal while my iPhone (VZ, Droid Incredible before that) will stay connected. That seems to always be the recurring story, AT&T lacks coverage, hence lacks speed in most areas.

      Just to clarify my Son is under his grandmothers account, that's why he has at&t and I have VZ, when he goes to college he will move over to my account. I just don't trust at&t. I was with them for 11 year before moving to VZ after the two outages we had in Hi, I didn't realize what I was missing.
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brinky View Post
      These comments out how AT&T sucks or Verizon is faster are not very helpful.
      I hope you people realize that it all depends on where you live.

      Kudo's to the folks that actually say where AT&T or Verizon is better.
      In the Texas major cities, the iPhone is a lot faster than verizon and a lot more coverage. The other smaller cities I've been too to, Att has been better for me.
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mastaryan View Post
      I got a question. Where I live I don't have 3G with AT&T but Verizon has 3G in my area. I wonder which would be more beneficial for someone like myself? I have to travel an hour North or West to get AT&T 3G and that only happens once a month if I'm lucky. This is going to be my debate on which iPad 2 I'll get. I wish it was a dual chip and you could have both at the same time if you wanted. Use whichever had the best 3G coverage or regular coverage.
      Verizon in that case. If you barely every go someplace where the AT&T coverage will benefit you then Verizon is the clear choice.

      Worsecase if you go outside the country and bring the ipad with you, you will still be able to use it with WiFi. It isn't like you are going to want to get charged for 3G coverage overseas. I am sure it would be more money than you really want to pay.

      I am overseas now and I have my iPhone 4 on Airplane mode and only use WiFi at the moment (I have AT&T when I am in the states). I use Skype to call back home.

      While Verizon may be slower than AT&T you will have much better coverage than AT&T and that in end will make up for the speed loss. Nothing worse than having apps and the internet time out because your EDGE connection with AT&T sucks. I speak from experience. Luckily where I live just got 3G so it isn't nearly as bad. AT&T has me for another 1.5 years as a customer. After that I will re-evaluate which company I will go with.

      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      I will just continue to use MyWi for my iPad.
      I want a larger picture of your avatar.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      I tethered my iPad to my DroidX so I could see how much data is actually used when doing basic tasks on the iPad. I streamed music from AudioGalaxy for about 10 minutes and used over 100 megs. Going to facebook and checking a few things was about 25 megs. WTF. How can anyoen stay under 2gb is beyond me.
      Those numbers seem a bit off from what they should be. 128 kbit audio streaming is only about 1 MB/minute, and they can go a lot lower. Pandora for iOS only uses 32/64 kbit for normal and high quality with nice results.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottw03 View Post
      I want a larger picture of your avatar.