I recently bought a new iPad, and decided to break down and buy a data plan with it. I went with Verizon, since they would allow the iPad to be used as a wifi hot spot and AT&T wouldn’t. (If I recall correctly.)
Anyway, this has led to an interesting experiment — the opportunity to do real-time comparisons between AT&T coverage on my iPhone and Verizon coverage on my iPad.
I’ve been disappointed in AT&T’s coverage for some time. Even in The Ville, it can be sometimes be spotty. So last week, when a web page took forever to load on my phone, I opened up the iPad and navigated to the same page on its browser.
The iPad loaded right up, before the phone’s browser had even started to show the page.
“A fluke,” I thought. Still, it piqued my interest.
So, as I’ve been traveling on vacay this past week, I’ve tried them both occasionally. And every time, the iPad with Verizon service wins, hands down.
Is this some sort of conclusive test? Of course not. Perhaps AT&T is throttling my service. Or perhaps my phone is slow to process what it receives. Or perhaps I just happen to be hitting the gaps in AT&T’s service, and a different location would change the results.
But you know what? It’s about to be conclusive for ME. When I change phones, I may try moving to Verizon, and just see how it is.
It certainly couldn’t be any worse than what I seem to get from AT&T.