4G LTE Smackdown: AT&T vs. Verizon

“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,” Seth Weintraub reports for 9to5Mac.

“AT&T smoked Verizon in a bunch of areas around the ‘new iPad’ event,” Weintraub reports. “Those are similar to the results in NYC and we hear the same thing happens in Irvine, CA, for instance.”

“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),” Weintraub reports. “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.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. I own both AT&T and Verizon 4G hotspots as I live in one of the relatively few area that have both and use them for my iPad, MacBook (AL- not Pro) and sometimes as a backup when Cable internet is out.

    The Verizon 4G is faster than AT&T 4G, but like stated above the AT&T 3G HSPA+ is much better should a congested network or whatever land you on 3G.

    I pre-ordered a new iPad 32GB Wi-Fi to replace my iPad 2 and will be keeping m hotspots. I get a nice discount on the service since my employer uses both AT&T & Verizon. What I pay for both 4G hotspots is less than most people pay for many iPhone plans. Your mileage may vary.

  2. I’m getting just a wifi model. For the cost savings, I can buy a mobile hotspot and switch it around if I need to without replacing the iPad.

    I agree that Verizon 4G is faster but At&t has better and wider coverage 3G as back-up.

  3. I travel 80% of the week. I opted for Verizon. I have a MiFi and rarely do not have 4G coverage. Is it blazing fast – not really – but it faster than my 3G iPad 2. I leave the country 2-3 times a year – and pretty sure the Verizon product won’t roam – but then I can tether my iPhone 4s ATT. For those of you that travel and have both iPhone and iPad – I’d suggest getting separate carriers – more expensive – debatable – but if one can’t give you coverage – the other should.

  4. All this testing of LTE is great!

    But LTE ≠ 4G.

    There is NO 4G yet. Claims to the contrary are merely marketing DECEIT. When LTE ADVANCED arrives, then we’ll have actual factual 4G.

    … My endless crusade for truth in advertising. I absolutely despise marketing morons. They’re a dime-a-dozen and ruin everything they touch. However, Marketing MAVENS I like! <3 <3 <3

    1. I blame the standards committee rather than marketers on this one. 3G is 2 Mbps minimum. Fine and daddy, but to hit 4G you need to increase data speed five hundred fold? That was an insane and foolish standard. There have been 5 different technologies so far that have pushed that 2 M up to 5, then 10, 20, 40 and now 70 Mbps. LTE is 35 times faster than the original 3G, but they are still supposed to call it 3G?
      I’m all for standards, but when the only person still following the standard is you, the world has set the de facto standard, and the standards committee becomes the outlier.

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