Tested speed with Speedtest.net app:
iPhone (AT&T 4G)
· Ping 124ms
· Download .50 Mbps (no I did not leave out some digits this is just bad)
· Upload 1.34 Mbs
iPad (AT&T 4G/LTE)
· Ping 68ms
· Download 20.43 Mbps
· Upload 7.73 Mbps
MacBook Air (tested via Verizon MIFI)
· Ping 96
· Download 16.86 Mbps
· Upload 7.86 Mbps
I will let you do your own math but as you can see it is a VERY significant difference even with the same carrier AT&T. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is an evolving standard. Currently running at best as drawn up on the chalkboard it can potentially run at 73 Mbps up and 73 Mbps down. The fastest speeds I have seen with LTE so far this year measured out at 38 Mbps down and 27 up.
This past fall I spoke at a large MAP conference for a large NE state and discussed the merits of using your iPhone as a hotspot for the iPad. At the time it made sense as the speeds were O.K. and as CPAs we love to save money. Now, it makes NO SENSE to use your iPhone as a hotspot as it is terrible when compared to real 4G/LTE MIFI hotspots. Marianne, please let all your members know I feel bad that I ever recommended this idea. Everyone, please spend the extra money and buy the iPad it’s own data plan especially now with 4G/LTE.