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Verizon will support Personal Hotspot with 4G LTE iPad at launch, AT&T won't

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Verizon has announced that customers who use a new iPad with 4G LTE on its network will be able to use the device's Personal Hotspot feature, but AT&T officials have said they plan to enable the feature "in the future."

A spokeswoman for Verizon told CNet on Thursday that the iPad's new mobile hotspot feature will be available on its network at launch. Verizon was the first carrier to support the Personal Hotspot feature that debuted with the iPhone 4 last year.

AT&T, meanwhile, will not support the third-generation iPad's Personal Hotspot functionality when it launches next week. A spokesman for the carrier indicated the company is "working with Apple to enable this feature in the future," but offered no timetable for when it might become available.

AT&T began supporting the Personal Hotspot feature on the iPhone last March. The service will operate the same on the new iPad: users will be able to share their cellular data connection with up to five devices over Wi-Fi.

What is unique about Personal Hotspot on the new iPad, though, is the fact that Apple's third-generation tablet supports high-speed 4G LTE networks. Apple boasted when introducing the new iPad on Wednesday that it will be able to achieve download speeds of up to 73Mbps over LTE networks.

One noteworthy omission from Apple's iPad unveiling this week was Sprint, the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Though it doesn't yet have a 4G LTE network, Sprint began selling Apple's iPhone after forging a deal with the company last year.




But Sprint was not named as an official iPad carrier partner this week, leaving AT&T and Verizon as the only options in the U.S. In a statement to Fierce Wireless, Sprint said it has "nothing to announce at this time" regarding availability of the iPad on its network.

International 4G LTE partners of Apple for the iPad launch are Rogers, bell and Telus, all based out of Canada. Apple said on Wednesday that support for the Personal Hotspot feature via the iPad must be approved by the carrier.

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I wonder if by the end of the decade we'll have free unlimited high-speed data everywhere.
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What isn't mentioned is whether it will incur an additional charge (as with the iPhone/ATT) if you wish to enable sharing.
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post #4 of 83
Once again, Apple delivers a beautiful experience and AT&T has to take a dump on it.

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post #5 of 83
this is why I didn't get the At&t version this time around, the att experiences is becoming more problems then its worth.
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None of the plans are very good. I almost went with Verizon this time but the pricing is better with AT&T (don't need tethering) and both offer adequate LTE in my area. Plus, if I take it outside the country I'm good to go.

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I wonder if by the end of the decade we'll have free unlimited high-speed data everywhere.



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None of the plans are very good. I almost went with Verizon this time but the pricing is better with AT&T (don't need tethering) and both offer adequate LTE in my area. Plus, if I take it outside the country I'm good to go.

Verizon model also works outside the US. And they added a new 1GB/$20 plan today.
post #9 of 83
Seems like a no brainer if you're not stuck to a carrier for some reason.
Verizon has much much larger LTE network, hotspot at launch AND is no extra charge, and it also global roams.
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Verizon has announced that customers who use a new iPad with 4G LTE on its network will be able to use the device's Personal Hotspot feature, but AT&T officials have said they plan to enable the feature "in the future."

And there you have it. I remember how long it took AT&T to add tethering/hotspot support to the iPhone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to order "The new iPad (TM)" with Verizon 4G LTE.

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What isn't mentioned is whether it will incur an additional charge (as with the iPhone/ATT) if you wish to enable sharing.

Verizon stated that they will NOT be charging for tethering the iPad to another device.

You pay for so much for a set data amount each month. Regardless of which device uses it. Not to mention the more you tether the more likely you are to go over and either 1)they charge you overage fees or 2)they get you to move to a higher plan. Both are more profitable.

AT&T should take note.
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What isn't mentioned is whether it will incur an additional charge (as with the iPhone/ATT) if you wish to enable sharing.

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As with other tablets that Verizon carries, the monthly data plan will include portable hotspot use, unlike the stipulation for smartphone hotspot use, which costs an extra $20 per month. Verizon's monthly data plans for the iPad will span 1GB of data for $20, 2GB for $30, 5GB for $50, and 10GB for $80.

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post #13 of 83
The hotspot feature takes a backseat to overall speed, for me. I ordered my new iPad with AT&T 4G. While AT&T's 4G network is not is as large - yet, tests that I've seen have shown that AT&T's 4G LTE is much faster (50% faster) than Verizon's.

Also, I would much rather have HSPA+ for backup compared to Verizon's awful 3G data speeds. I'm in Chicago where we have AT&T LTE, but I expect the availability to increase tremendously in 2012.

http://www.dailytech.com/ATT+LTE+Bea...ticle22787.htm
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Seems like a no brainier if you're not stuck to a carrier for some reason.
Verizon has much much larger LTE network, hotspot at launch AND is no extra charge, and it also global roams.

But if you use in a mostly in a major market that offers both the pricing is similar and AT&T typically has a notably higher speed. That was worth more to me.

Had I known about Verizon tethering yesterday I would have considered Verizon more seriously but likely would still have gone with AT&T given the performance to price difference in my market.
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I ordered my new iPad with AT&T 4G. While AT&T's 4G network is not is as large - yet, tests that I've seen have shown that AT&T's 4G LTE is much faster (50% faster) than Verizon's.

That article and comparison tests are irrelevant as clearly a brand new empty network will be faster than a network with people actually using it. When the loads are similar then compare. Anatech has speed tests on Verizon hitting 60Mbs. They both are using LTE and in the end should be about the same. AT&T should be faster on 3G though.
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post #16 of 83
You would think ATT would want you to use the hotspot feature..the better to charge you for more gigabytes of data. It seems like ATT reluctantly operates a wireless network, wishing people wouldn't use it despite the fact that its brought them customers in droves.
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But if you use in a mostly in a major market that offers both the pricing is similar and AT&T typically has a notably higher speed. That was worth more to me.

Had I known about Verizon tethering yesterday I would have considered Verizon more seriously but likely would still have gone with AT&T given the performance to price difference in my market.

As I pointed out to someone else, both are using LTE, and AT&T's LTE network is virtually empty, try again when loads are closer to similar. I typically see 18-20Mbs down on average on Verizon's LTE on my devices. Considering my home Wifi is 15, anything beyond that seems like gravy anyway.
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post #18 of 83
I just wish they'd drop the monthly component and charge by the byte.
2 GB for $(however much).

Or, at the very least, "carry-over" bytes.
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this is why I didn't get the At&t version this time around, the att experiences is becoming more problems then its worth.

The secret for getting good service from AT&T is to go down to the store and order the top plan for everything they have with a business account. Sure, it costs around $200 a month for an iPhone, iPad and LTE data hotspot for my MBP. Of course, I have grandfathered unlimited on everything but I never have any issues. They are always very pleasant to work with any time I have called them. Since we have lots of other services with them they really go out of their way to be helpful.

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What isn't mentioned is whether it will incur an additional charge (as with the iPhone/ATT) if you wish to enable sharing.

Yes they do, and it's an enormous sum for just being able to use other devices on your data. It should pull from your existing data plan but they charge you an additional $50 to tether. Ridiculous. That is with the iPhone plan, so not sure if the iPad will be different, and if it is indeed free on an iPad plan, why not make that available to iPhone users too.
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The secret for getting good service from AT&T is to go down to the store and order the top plan for everything they have with a business account.

Getting good customer service because you are a biz customer willing to pay full boat doesn't actually qualify as a "secret".

The bigger issue for me (in NYC) is: can they ever improve data rates here, regardless of how much I spend? I understand this is a problem for a number of metro areas. This factored into my Verizon choice.

I find both are about the same with regards to customer service - its the geographic variability that makes choosing hard.
post #22 of 83
I just cancelled my AT&T 16GB preorder and placed an order for the Verizon 16GB.

Looks like I'll get it on the same day AND it'll have the Hotspot feature.

(Thank goodness for credit cards.)
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I wonder if they'll now drop the surcharge for tethering on iPhones?
post #24 of 83
To heck with them both. I just got a Clear Hotspot device that works beautifully for all my Apple devices.
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AT&T is really starting to irritate me with their constant complaints about user data usages and their "coming soon" features that other networks (i.e. Verizon) have available at device launch. I have the unlimited plan with AT&T for my iPhone, and I am glad that I do as I am one of the those that use data and voice services simultaneously. However, my future non-iPhone iOS device will be with Verizon since these devices don't have voice capabilities.
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post #26 of 83
I have an AT&T iPhone, and used to have an iPad 1 (AT&T). A couple of times I traveled to locations that didn't have coverage from AT&T, so neither device worked. Because of that I was really tempted to go with Verizon for the new iPad, but Verizon didn't list a low-ceiling, low-price plan. I ordered a 64 GB AT&T iPad yesterday.

With this news, I just cancelled that order and placed one for a 64 GB Verizon iPad. the low-level plan is $5/month more, but that's for 4X the data, and mobile hotspot with no extra charge would be worth the $5 to me anyway.
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Sadly the iPad has been on sale for nearly 24 hours with customers having to choose their carrier without being told what the difference is.

I went with AT&T, and while I am not at all surprised, it would be nice to have known officially what the plans would be when they started taking people's money.

I already have AT&T for the iPhone, with tethering, and a general expectation of "sucky coverage but faster speeds," which I was OK sticking with, considering I don't intend to need data as much as I do on the iPhone. I'm not entirely sure I even need the cell radio, but I didn't want to spend $800 and then realize I should have gotten it.

This is my first iPad, so I'm kind of speculating on all the use cases -- how often I'll need data when not on wifi, whether I'd prefer to tether to my phone, or tether at faster speeds with my iPad (paying extra for two tethering plans would be ridiculous, but my phone is with me 24/7, my iPad will likely be left at home sometimes, so if they insist on charging for tethering twice, I will likely keep it on the phone.)

It would be nice if there was a way to combine data plans for both devices, so you could spring for the most GBs and then split them between the devices in whatever way makes the most sense.
post #28 of 83
Glad there's only one iPad to choose from in Canada, even though the data rates here are horrible. I'll probably hold off on a 4G data plan until I really need it and just tether to my iPhone for now.
 
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post #29 of 83
This may push people over the edge to Verizon. AT&T is typically better at data especially 3G data but Verizon has better 4G coverage than AT&T and they are more reasonable with their terms. AT&T needs to spend less on advertising and more on infrastructure. I wonder if they can be shamed into offering tethering. Verizon's 4G isn't even slow enough to matter when we are talking 18-20mbps.
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I wonder if they can be shamed into offering tethering. Verizon's 4G isn't even slow enough to matter when we are talking 18-20mbps.

Perhaps. There have been a coupe other odd things they've done that they ended up changing not too far down the line.

I think if AT&T ran the numbers they'd find people with tiered plans with open tethering would end up buying more data than those who pay for tethering.

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post #31 of 83
So I just ordered a mobile Airport base station, as well. Sweetens the pot.
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What isn't mentioned is whether it will incur an additional charge (as with the iPhone/ATT) if you wish to enable sharing.

According to another blog, Verizon stated that they would support the hotspot feature in all levels of their data plans at no additional charge.

Since AT&T is "working with Apple", you have to imagine that if they support it, they want it to ONLY be with their $50 plan. Greedy.

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I assume one can connect via wifi, with an iPhone personal Hot Spot. Of course, thats not 4g, but its pretty useable. I will only get a wifi iPad, and hope the next iPhone offers 4g hotspot, for when I need it. (like I do now)
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I can't seem to find anything on Verizon's web site for the new iPad and the 4G service, but can we assume this is the same month-to-month option as the previous iPads had? That you can start/stop/restart your service as needed?

I ask because one of the footnotes on the page says, "Tablet plans not availabe on all tablet models."

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/p...obileBroadband
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I can't seem to find anything on Verizon's web site for the new iPad and the 4G service, but can we assume this is the same month-to-month option as the previous iPads had? That you can start/stop/restart your service as needed?

I ask because one of the footnotes on the page says, "Tablet plans not availabe on all tablet models."

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/p...obileBroadband

From the Apple Store:

Nocommitment data plans from AT&T or Verizon
In the U.S., you can choose from data plans with no long-term contract.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...ad/select_ipad
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The hotspot feature takes a backseat to overall speed, for me. I ordered my new iPad with AT&T 4G. While AT&T's 4G network is not is as large - yet, tests that I've seen have shown that AT&T's 4G LTE is much faster (50% faster) than Verizon's.

http://www.dailytech.com/ATT+LTE+Bea...ticle22787.htm

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That article and comparison tests are irrelevant as clearly a brand new empty network will be faster than a network with people actually using it. When the loads are similar then compare. Anatech has speed tests on Verizon hitting 60Mbs. They both are using LTE and in the end should be about the same. AT&T should be faster on 3G though.

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I typically see 18-20Mbs down on average on Verizon's LTE on my devices. Considering my home Wifi is 15, anything beyond that seems like gravy anyway.

In my circles a phone that can TXT and make calls is all the “phone” I need, so with LTE on an iPad I don’t need a phone data plan – and outside of Siri (maybe still to come), the iPad lacks nothing else the iPhone has. And when I’m net-connected, I want as much screen real estate as I can get – I find accessing the web, maps, watching videos, etc. with the iPhone’s # of pixels, while an amazing tech achievement, limiting, and typing a real chore (I'm a writer).

And I always have a briefcase or over-the-shoulder bag with me – which I could lighten by 2 pounds of stuff I won’t need with an iPad (and wireless keyboard) at hand.

The iPad is ALSO going to replace my notebook for 90% (or more) of my outside the house forays where I’ll need net - often where Wi-Fi is NOT available so the investment in 4G and 64GB makes that essential. and in fact, its extreme mobility will probably make me not use computers that much at all at home either as I’ll just be dragging my new pad around.

So now I’m toying with a MAYBE wacky idea. Since 4G (theoretically and according to thataveragejoe) is faster than 811g, which is fast enough in my house, I’m not sure of my current data use – my main downloading in bulk use is podcasts. But if I can determine that (and since I live alone) – I could use the iPad LTE as my home hotspot and save $65/month by cancelling my Cable modem plan. Period. And I just found $22 worth of Verizon stuff to turn off on my “dumb phone.”

So let’s say I use 10 GB a month - away from outside WiFi hotspots (where I will try to concentrate any concentrated down and uploading, e.g., my podcasts) – that’s $80 for my home and road internet use. That’s only $15 more than I pay now for home net - to get both home and away, and if 13 GB, only the cost of a basic data plan for the iPhone I won’t need – plus I’ll save $2-400 upfront on the cost of a new phone… (Note Comcast currently allows 250 GB - but states 90% of users use than 5GB a month.)

…which brings the price of the tricked out full-boat iPad and burner phone down to the price of the base model. (AND I'll have "simultaneous voice and data" all the time on Verizon - even outside of 4G areas.)

Ha! If 4G has the speed I believe it has, and I'm not missing something important (and I’m, yes, in Verizon’s 4G area), that sounds like a win to me!

Tech questions:

1. In my scenario above, would an Apple TV work through the iPad's Hotspot feature??

2. Will my SugarSync and DropBox accounts be happy campers as well?

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1. In my scenario above, would an Apple TV work through the iPad's Hotspot feature??

From my experience with an ATV2 over 802.11n WiFi via "high speed" cable modem internet connection, I can't even imagine how painful the experience would be with an ATV3 via cellular modem connection.

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Plus, if I take it outside the country I'm good to go.

So would you be if you had chosen the Verizon model. In fact, the Verizon model has every capability the AT&T model has (LTE also being available but different) plus the added capability to connect to a CDMA network. Both models support worldwide GSM capability.

Don't believe it? Go check out the new iPad's Tech Specs page and look under "Wireless and Cellular". Compare closely. Verizon wins.
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So would you be if you had chosen the Verizon model. In fact, the Verizon model has every capability the AT&T model has (LTE also being available but different) plus the added capability to connect to a CDMA network. Both models support worldwide GSM capability.

Don't believe it? Go check out the new iPad's Tech Specs page and look under "Wireless and Cellular". Compare closely. Verizon wins.

Could you explain that in detail for me. For instance, I want to connect to LTE @ 2100MHz. Or how am I going to connect the Verizon iPad to a CDMA network in Canada?

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Could you explain that in detail for me. For instance, I want to connect to LTE @ 2100MHz. Or how am I going to connect the Verizon iPad to a CDMA network in Canada?

Are you genuinely inquiring or just being purposefully confrontational? I couldn't quite tell.

I did acknowledge that LTE capabilities on both models are different. Therefore, there's really no need to point out that the Verizon LTE model doesn't operate at 2100 MHz. As long as the CDMA network you want to connect to operates at either 800 or 1900 MHz, you'll be good to go. How are you going to connect an AT&T iPad to a CDMA network in Canada? It offers no CDMA connectivity at all! The more I think about it, you sound like someone who is just a wee bit pissy because they chose not to review specs for both options before making their purchase, therefore, making a truly uninformed decision. I was merely stating (in so many words) that the Verizon model iPad could also operate "outside of the country".

Please tell me, what exactly do you believe your new AT&T iPad will be able to do that a new Verizon iPad will not? Explain THAT in detail for ME.
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