Buying an iPad: Verizon vs. AT&T

by Michael on March 12, 2012 · 0 comments

If you’re buying a new iPad and have opted for the 4G LTE connectivity (good move, btw), you might be wondering if you should buy the Verizon or the AT&T version. As it turns out, the two options aren’t as similar as you might think.

First and foremost, you should consider network coverage. Do AT&T and Verizon provide equivalent coverage in your area? What about 4G coverage? You want to get the most out of your new iPad, don’t you?

Next up, data plans. I’ve covered this before, but Verizon is a better deal at the low end, offering 1GB for $20/month vs. AT&T’s 250MB for $14.99/month. In the mid-range, however, AT&T wins with 3GB vs. 2GB for $30/month. At the high end, the two are identical, offering 50GB for $50/month.

And finally, do you want to create a mobile hotspot with your iPad (without jailbreaking it, that is)? If so, then you’ll want to go with Verizon, as AT&T won’t be supporting the mobile hotspot functionality — at least not at first.

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