Best USA Cellular Carrier for SmartSDR for iOS?

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I just upgraded my iPad Pro to the latest generation. I now have the chance to re-evaluate my carrier choice for cellular data to be used with SmartSDR for iOS.

For those of you in the know, which carrier has the most hospitable environment for streaming FlexRadio traffic?
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Mike - W8MM

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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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I use Verizon Wireless here in northern NJ and their network works fine.

One thing to think about is your data plan. While SmartLink for IOS has been optimized to
Minimize bandwidth useage when using the low bandwidth setting, it will still use data from your plan.

I haven't had issues using an 8 GB plan with my wife and I. She does not use a lot of data.

Just something to think about. Keep an eye on your account data useage so you don't get a surprise.

Dave wo2x
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Richard McClelland, AA5S

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Something to file away for future reference is that Verizon has noticeably greater coverage areas west of the Mississippi than the other cell providers.  This isn't relevant for Ops in the east, but if operating remote from Rocky Mountain National Park is on your priority list, your best bet is to go with Verizon.  I'll let others address the more direct point about which carrier is best for streaming data since I don't do much of that.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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This is like asking "what is the best car?"

The top two - Verizon and AT&T - vary regionally. Verizon is best in the NE. I believe AT&T does better in the South and Texas. 

Then you have T-Mobile and Sprint. They tend to have similar coverage. I have T-Mobile 200MB free per month on my iPad. 

Look at this site for LOCAL reports:

http://www.cellreception.com

We've been on Verizon since 2002, except for a brief period of time from 2010-2012 where we were on AT&T due to the 25% work discount. I have a Galaxy S5 from work as well and it's on AT&T. In most places it's the same but there are some places where one does better than the other.

In terms of raw spectrum, Verizon wins. They have the most licenses and more low band spectrum. The smaller carriers (Sprint/T-Mobile) tend to have more PCS and AWS licenses, although T-Mobile has been gaining. 

Ria
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Mike - W8MM

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Thanks!
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Fortune magazine published an article yesterday about the quality of the US cellular networks:  http://fortune.com/2017/07/26/verizon-rootmetrics-tmobile-sprint/
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Mike - W8MM

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Thanks for the tip!