You're the Pundit: Why go AT&T iPad?
When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is the AT&T iPad.
Here at TUAW Central, we were debating as to why anyone in their right mind would opt for an AT&T iPad over a Verizon one with its well-deployed 4G service and free tethering. Yes, there are some valid points about grandfathered unlimited data plans, but with Verizon's options so obviously superior, are people actually ordering AT&T units?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis.
|Grandfathered unlimited plan. Need I say more?||773 (19.2%)|
|Pop out of the Verizon LTE zone and AT&T's GSM is more reliable than Verizon's CDMA, at least for me.||557 (13.8%)|
|AT&T has better coverage for me / I don't get VZ service here||253 (6.3%)|
|I've been using AT&T for years. Why switch?||614 (15.2%)|
|I'm just a masochist.||112 (2.8%)|
|Verizon baby. All the way.||1034 (25.7%)|
|I have a pet mongoose.||422 (10.5%)|
|Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.||262 (6.5%)|
Thanks, Amilham96, Rondhi, JKohlmann, Jerrodh, Gravicle, TheRealDL_
Update: Many readers seem to be under the impression that the Verizon iPad will not operate outside of the United States. The technical specifications at Apple's page state that it does support GSM: Wi-Fi + 4G for Verizon model: 4G LTE (700 MHz)3; CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
A call to Apple retail confirms that both units will have an onboard SIM tray.
A Verizon spokesperson adds, "The new iPad for Verizon Wireless will work overseas and we do offer various global data plans for customers. Customers can sign up for global data plans and have coverage in more than 205 countries. Customers also have the option to use a local SIM card if they'd like."
When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you...