Verizon iPhone found to be more reliable for calling, but slower with data
AT&T has been harassed by customers and critics alike for their abhorrent dropped call rates with the iPhone. Even so, their exclusivity agreement, combined with the overwhelming appeal of the iPhone, have made the AT&T iPhone a success all the same. Consumers have anticipated that the Verizon iPhone will be a much more reliable device.
But according to The Journal, the Verizon iPhone suffers from vastly slower data speeds than AT&T's iPhone. The AT&T iPhone averaged 45% faster download speeds, and 24% faster upload speeds than Verizon's. On the other hand, the Verizon iPhone experienced only a few dropped calls, while the AT&T model suffered multiple dropped calls each day.
And there are other considerations. For one thing, you can't use data while on a voice call with Verizon's iPhone, but you can with AT&T's. Also, the AT&T iPhone is a GSM device, and therefore more internationally compatible, while Verizon's is CDMA. Voice calling is, traditionally, the priority, but faster data speeds might be enough to keep iPhone owners with AT&T. What do you think?
source: The Wall Street Journal
1. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
With the issue concerning the drop call rates for AT&T (btw I am not hating or anything) but I own a iPhone 4 with AT&T and never had any issues with dropping calls even when covering the antenna area...
15. Yoda (unregistered)
Hmm well it mostly depends on your location. Some places At&t has great service. In other place not as much. Honestly for the most part it easy to say At&t is known for there drop calls.
2. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Where I live the difference would be even greater. In the riverside/San bernardino area of California I get great att service. Data speeds are even greater, getting 2mb down in peak times and a little over 4 between 8pm and 10am. And few drops. Verizon only gets few drops as well but still in the 1.3 mb down area. And this is a huge metro area. Not new York size but definitely Philly or frisco sized. Point is, these examples are being taken in single areas and are still being regarded as standards. We need a real and reliable test by region. Tell us who has the best voice and fastest data in each region. Not in the whole country.
3. ChineseMuscle (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Nov 2008)
I have been with Verizon since they were PrimeCo and I have NEVER had a drop call !
4. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)
Going on just data numbers, yes at optimal level AT&T is faster than Verizon. But proven out in the open, Verizon's iPhone did actually out perform the AT&T versions under several tests. Furthermore, tests proven with Droids having low signal and the iPhone 4 having full bars have shown the droid to still out perform the iPhone. People need to test out the network for themselves rather than viewing estimates based on network capabilities and the actual deliverance.
This article should say that the iPhone 4 on AT&T has the capability to be faster than its CDMA variant.
5. jreed2560 (unregistered)
Agreed. In major metro areas where hspa is available for att it may be a smudge faster. But get I to edge coverage (which is a great deal larger footprint for att) and data speeds are atrocious. With verizon 98 percent of their network ia evdo. So major metro or small town usa you get the same data speeds.
6. applesauce (unregistered)
I wonder if the fewer dropped calls has something to do with the newer software version for the CDMA phone...
7. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, that review was done in a high speed att area. more people are out of those areas than in, by far. So for most of america, the speeds will be the same, or vzw will actually be faster as much of ATT's network is still riding edge(2g), where VZW is nearly completly 3g.
and yea, being able to communicate when i need to is 10000x more important than downloading a web page 5 seconds faster.
9. elran24 (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
who even uses an iphone for calls?? it's all about internet usage!!!
10. jenyumyum (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I have 3 different iphones on my account I have a 3g, 3gs and an iPhone4 and we haven't ever experienced any issues with dropped calls.....?????
11. DROIDFANX (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
Funny how the "journal" seems to think they know everything. Whats even funnier is there is a video on cnet showing data speeds on both phones side by side and Verizon wins on all tests performed on the iphone.
14. Glorfindale (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)
People with jump ship in a heart bit, just watch John Stewart :)
16. l (unregistered)
Whatever airheaded chump wrote this article needs to pull their head out of their butt and accept the fact that everything on verizon is better than AT&T.