Okay, let’s face it. The iPhone is going to be a big deal in about 13 days, assuming rumors are true, it should also feature LTE, a first for an iPhone. LTE on an iPhone should make a lot of people happy, assuming three things. One, your carrier actually has LTE. Two, you live in an area with LTE coverage. And three, you’re an Apple fan who’s not planning to buy an Android device.
Sprint has just launched their LTE service within the last two months and just turned on four more cities, but the coverage is barely a blip on the radar and the speeds, due to older towers and spectrum, aren’t exactly that great. AT&T on the other hand has been rolling out their LTE coverage for a while longer and it’s much, much greater than Sprints, not to mention you fall back on HSPA+ when no LTE is present, but fails in comparison to Verizon’s massive LTE network. Verizon was the first carrier in the U.S. to offer LTE, and despite some growing pains—i.e. outages—they continue to quickly roll out their LTE network, covering over 200 million Americans and firmly taking the title of America’s Largest 4G Network. Not only is Verizon’s network massive, it’s fast too, something Sprint can’t boast about.
So here’s my question, with the new iPhone supporting LTE—and assuming you plan to buy one—would you move to the carrier that has the best LTE coverage and speed? Let’s say you’re eligible to move to another carrier, what do you do? Do you stick with, or move to, Sprint and hope it gets better, because they offer unlimited data? Do you move or stay with AT&T? Their network is fast and it’s growing faster than Sprint’s, but unless you sign up for a shared plan, you can’t use iOS 6′s Facetime over cellular feature. Finally, do you stay or move to Verizon, where their shared data plans offer Facetime for free, Wifi Tethering for free all on the largest 4G LTE network which features incredibly fast speeds? Let us know your thoughts in our poll below.