The New iPad with 4G LTE support is here, but choosing the network between AT&T and Verizon can become a difficult decision.
Both the AT&T and Verizon offer different tariff plans that come with different data speeds. Network coverage areas also differ for both the carriers.
In a recent article, CNET mentioned how to choose the carrier for the newly bought iPad. According to the report, Verizon is the first and visibly aggressive company when it comes to providing the 4G LTE support.
The company holds the largest market share for 4G LTE and gives coverage to 22 enabled devices, including the New iPad.
AT&T, which launched its 4G services six months ago, is also doing well in the LTE network support and the company is expanding quickly. The company has reached 74 million people in a very short period of time and its HSPA+ network coverage jumps to 250 million people, reports CNET.
The CNET report also insists that Verizon has a little edge over the AT&T network. However, when it comes to user experience, it depends more on the device than the carrier.
For the new Apple iPad (or iPad 3), the two carriers offering are given below:
Wi-Fi + 4G for AT&T model: LTE (700, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi + 4G for Verizon model: LTE (700 MHz); CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
The AT&T tariff ranges between $14.99 (250MB) and $50 (5GB) while the Verizon tariff plan ranges from $20 (1 GB) to $80 (10 GB).