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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...
03-07-2011, 11:12 AM #1
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.
03-07-2011, 11:22 AM #2
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.
03-07-2011, 11:25 AM #3
TECHNICALLY AT&T is faster. Where I live, Verizon is 100x faster than AT&T because their network is so bogged down.
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03-07-2011, 11:36 AM #4
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.
03-07-2011, 11:36 AM #5
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03-07-2011, 11:44 AM #7
Who uses 14 gigs of data a month??? I barely use any as I'm always on wifi. I'll stay grandfathered in just in case though.
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03-07-2011, 11:45 AM #9
Boy am I glad that we have a provider with an unlimited 3G data plan here in Holland. I mean, these days you can stream and download using 3g at around 600-700KB per second, if not more. So you can easily stream movies, but indeed, with a limited data plan it won't take long before you have to pay extra.
03-07-2011, 12:01 PM #10
Haha this is funny sh1t verizon users can get the iPad for a discount to run on turtle network jus go to at&t and get what u pay for ain't that usually how things work theses days?!?
03-07-2011, 12:11 PM #11
I will just continue to use MyWi for my iPad.
03-07-2011, 12:25 PM #12
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03-07-2011, 12:43 PM #14
If you do post-pay on AT&T the overages go down so I think AT&T & Verizon would cost the same.
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03-07-2011, 01:00 PM #17
I don't like the limit, price one either plans. But... I'll choose the att iPad over verizon soley because of the dated CDMA. Perhaps I'll plug a tmo or other sim card in.
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03-07-2011, 01:37 PM #19
Still think that's really expensive. I get 6GB for $30 in Canada on RogersName? whereswaldo
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03-07-2011, 01:53 PM #20