We’ve tested AT&T vs. Verizon’s LTE in NYC and our guy on the ground in San Francisco was able to test LTE at Yerba Buena today. Results? AT&T smoked Verizon in a bunch of areas around the “new iPad” event.
Why is this? We have out theories.
- One major reason is that Verizon’s network is already pretty full of Androids running 4G while AT&T has only released a handful of devices with LTE. (this might also be why Apple used AT&T LTE at the event today) The story might change when the flood of iPads come crashing in (for both companies).
- Also, AT&T’s step down is to HSPA+ which is a lot faster than Verizon’s EVDO so perhaps AT&T has some faster legacy backhaul in place.
- In Verizon’s favor is that they’ve been running LTE for much longer (with some significant recent outages) than AT&T and they seem to do much better on those Consumer Reports customer satisfaction-type surveys (which usually also take voice quality into consideration).
- Finally, Verizon will offer 4G Tethering on day one of the iPAd release. Meanwhile AT&T is “working with Apple on it”
The plans that Apple has in place would seem to favor AT&T as well, especially when you consider the 29,000 US Wifi hotspots. At $30/month, you get 3GB from AT&T, 2GB from Verizon.
Verizon’s strong point has traditionally been its voice service over AT&T and perhaps one reason why in the past they’ve been able to charge a premium.. For data only, the playing field is a little more wide open, however.
- LTE iPad pricing now live from Verizon and AT&T (9to5mac.com)
- Apple prepares Yerba Buena Center for March 7 next-gen iPad unveiling (9to5mac.com)
- And the new iPad is officially called… (9to5mac.com)
- Yes, the new iPad is 4G LTE (9to5mac.com)