I feel my family is a good testing and reference point in regards to service providers. My wife's hospital is with AT&T using a BlackBerry. My phone is an IP4 with Verizon, one of laptop's have a Verizon 4G embedded card while my other one has a Verizon 3G card. My son has a Pantech Breakout which is 4G. I see the whole gamut when comparing VZW and ATT. Thank god I don't have to deal with Sprint!
When my wife and I are moving around in the Atlanta area the biggest problem with ATT is of course reliability. I would say that I notice she drops almost 20 to 40% of the calls she is on. We will need to make a call and more times than not we have to use my phone because ATT is dead in most situations. When we travel by automotive we can tell a big difference when you get outside of a city into rear rural areas, even on the interstate in rural areas the ATT device simply is dead in regards to service.
I will have had my IP4 for a year in Jan 12. I can honestly say that I wish the speeds were a little faster, but that is when I look at Speedtest. I can hit an app that needs data and it works very quickly. Wierd, maybe we don't need high numbers to make the device work well? Unless we are transferring or emailing large documents.
My 3G laptop that I have setup in my work vehicle is so freakin stable on the VZW 3G. I can drive this entire city just about and I will always have full bars on my VZAM program. Even when traveling it's awseome.
Now comes my 4G laptop with VZW. Yes, it is very fast compared to using my 3G devices. Here is my normal or average speed in the Atlanta area.http://speedtest.net/result/1599487514.pnghttp://speedtest.net/result/1476083352.png
It is simply mind blowing to work with such speed. I can't wait until all of the current 3G area to be 4G.
With all this being said, speed is a non factor if you simply can't make a phone call or download a work document. In this day and time if you are not "Connected" you are losing money as a businessman.
I will continue to use VZW as long as the coverage is still out there. Fow what I am paying VZW a month I sure hope it is there when I need it.
I gotta throw this one out there as well. Do some of you guys really think the reason people use a PC is because they are cheaper? As much as I like Apple, the Mac OS still is limited when it comes to programs.