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PCMag tours the country comparing wireless networks

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PCMag tours the country comparing wireless networks
PCMag is doing their annual field comparison of mobile networks, but this year is going to be a little different. Rather than using laptops, as they have in past years, PCMag is using only smartphones. And what is their operating system of choice? Android 2.2, of course. But don't take that as a show of favoritism. It's just so that people don't try to make the competition about devices instead of networks.

The test devices will include the LG Optimus C (Cricket), the Samsung Galaxy Indulge (MetroPCS), the HTC ThunderBolt (Verizon), the HTC DROID Incredible (Verizon), the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T-Mobile), the HTC EVO 4G (Sprint), and an unnamed HSPA+21 device with AT&T. They note that the only device with dissimilar specs is the LG Optimus C, and that's simply because it's the best Cricket has to offer.

The 21 cities in question are Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Nashville, Jacksonville, South Florida, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

If you want to tell the team about notorious dead spots, or even get them to test the speeds in your neighborhood, they'll be tweeting from @pcmphones throughout their journey. Let the network war begin!

source: PCMag

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posted on 02 May 2011, 11:56

1. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I like PC Mag. I visit their site a lot to get really good info, and the reviews are top notch. This should be a fun comparison.

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:01 3

2. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

sweet come to jacksonville. i get 4-6mb/s on my 3g vibrant. my wife runs 4-11 on her G2. Bring it!!

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:22 3

3. green2u (unregistered)

Congrats to the 21 cities that were selected by some mysterious process. The results will only be meaningful to those cities and no one else.

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:55 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

probably because those are the cities that all 4 carriers have "4g" signal. :)

posted on 02 May 2011, 13:08 2

5. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

I usually get 6 to 11mbps on my MT4G in Michigan plus my upload speeds have tripled in the past couple weeks to just under 2mbps so T-Mobile's HSPA+ here is phenomenal.

posted on 02 May 2011, 19:33

6. jesicalagurl (unregistered)

Well it says there gunna do the test in Los angeles I'm just wondering what are they gonna do with cricket over here? There is absolutely no cricket wireless here I kno because I been living here my whole life.my sister that lives in fresno has cricket cuz in fresno there is cricket and everytime she comes to La to visit me her phone roams on sprint. So ya are they gunna do those tests roaming on sprint with cricket in La??

posted on 02 May 2011, 21:58

7. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

in my opinion... t-mobile will grab the fastest, 2nd verizon... 3rd sprint, 4th... the poor crappy at&t

posted on 04 May 2011, 15:52

8. eric12341 (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 May 2011)

wonder what they will say once they hit Chicagos far north suburbs where I live
sprint 3G speeds here at best top out at 306k because the blizzard in Feb damaged cell sites and towers seems like its getting better tho because I used to get no faster than about half of that. very frustrating.

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