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AT&T, T-Mobile have fastest data, Sprint fails horribly

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Apr 2012 14:03 User comments (5)

AT&T, T-Mobile have fastest data, Sprint fails horribly PCW has posted their latest smartphone data speed tests, and AT&T and T-Mobile were the clear winners.
Taking measurements of service from 13 cities - Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., the site took average 3G and 4G speeds.

AT&T's 4G LTE network had the fastest downloads speeds and its 3G speeds came in second. T-Mobile's HSPA+ 21 3G speed was far and away the fastest while its HSPA+ 42 4G service was competitive against Verizon and AT&T.

Verizon had the widest service but its LTE could not keep up and its 3G certainly could not, either.

At the lower end, Sprint performed awfully, having fractions of the speeds of T-Mobile and AT&T and Verizon in all categories.





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5 user comments

121.4.2012 17:02

I trust Sprint lost since I'm using Clear internet which they're partners with them.

222.4.2012 10:43

What's still aggravating is they'll use this information as propaganda to charge their customer base more. Basically saying that because they put forth the 'extra effort' to be the fastest, it's an added value not found anywhere else, so it demands a higher price.

Or who's simply to say that there isn't enough people physically using the AT&T network to tax it hard enough to slow it down level with the others? Given the data plans & overcharges I certainly wouldn't take a chance. Until otherwise, I'm figuring AT&T will go with a narrative like the latter.

That'll be their story & they stick it to the customer.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Apr 2012 @ 10:45

322.4.2012 20:47

Sprint speeds are just terrible! I only keep using it cause is what i can afford. i do have high hopes with sprint LTE coming in my area by the end of the year.



422.4.2012 21:30

Originally posted by LordRuss:
What's still aggravating is they'll use this information as propaganda to charge their customer base more. Basically saying that because they put forth the 'extra effort' to be the fastest, it's an added value not found anywhere else, so it demands a higher price.

Or who's simply to say that there isn't enough people physically using the AT&T network to tax it hard enough to slow it down level with the others? Given the data plans & overcharges I certainly wouldn't take a chance. Until otherwise, I'm figuring AT&T will go with a narrative like the latter.

That'll be their story & they stick it to the customer.
Actually, tmobile is a lot cheaper than Verizon or at&t...and for most people who are not covered by 4g, they won this one. I loved my tmobile as long as I was in florida...fast and reliable everywhere I went. Now that I travel a lot I hate it. Verizon is still king when it comes to data coverage, even if the speed is not the best. I'll be switching back very soon. Good thing this tmobile has no contract.

523.4.2012 13:48

With a mobile phone, I hardly think the "speed" of the network is the most important thing.

Don't get me wrong. I think Sprint is lagging far behind.
But, let's compare the speeds AFTER someone hits their "caps" on their network...
with someone on Sprint...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Apr 2012 @ 16:03

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

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