Sprint gets high ratings in PC World's 3G Comparison Test

Sprint gets high ratings in PC World's 3G Comparison Test
Are you in the process of purchasing a smart phone and on the fence about the 3G performance of the top three domestic wireless carriers? Good news for you, PC World conducted a test which pitted AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon to see who edged out who in their 3G network test. After the dust has settled, it looks like Sprint's claim to be the “most dependable 3G network” stands firm – easily beating out AT&T in most of the 13 cities examined. Their 3G network backed up their claim by delivering a solid connection in 90.5 percent of the time. Not to be out of the race, Verizon was proclaimed as having the best average in download speeds at 951 kbps with an almost comparable reliability score with Sprint. As for AT&T, it edged out Sprint in terms of average download speed at 660 kbps. Unfortunately though, things weren't that great in the reliability department – testers getting a reasonable and uninterrupted speed in 68 percent of their tests. We all love fast download speeds which can lessen downtime, but getting cut off constantly will definitely put a strain on some. One of the biggest points made by the test was the fact that reliability plays an important element in determining the best 3G network. How can you love those fast speeds if you can't even get it started due to a lack of signal connectivity?

source: PC World via Sprint

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17 Comments

1. bluehorseshoe

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

I've been going at it with the author. They are off their rocker if they truly believe the results. I'm convinced someone over at PC World got paid off. And if Sprint was so good, then why do they charge for "roaming" after 300 MB? I hate when articles like PC World's only tell half the story...the half they want to report. I've tested the MiFi on both networks and saw how the VZW unit would PU a reception (weak, but worked) where the Sprint model didn't. Also, reception on the VZW unit was equal or superior in 90% of the cases.

2. Arielnyc2006 unregistered

Yikes, Sprint charges for "roaming" after 300mb??

4. craggie4ever

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 24, 2009

You are so stupid, Sprints unlimited everything covers, yes you guessed it "EVERYTHING". So unless you plan on bashing on Sprint or any other carrier, please check your facts again.

9. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

I have to agree with craggie, you are a dumbass. Try doing research before making BS claims. Sprint doesn't charge for roaming after 300MB, they just reserve the right to cancel your service if you consistently go over. Along with that, what the hell does roaming have to do with anything, this is based on native coverage. If your area has crappy Sprint service, then go with VZW. For some of that live in areas with great coverage from both (i.e. most metropolis areas since Sprint doesn't have good rural coverage), then this gives us a better idea of which company to go with. I, personally, would choose VZW because it's damn near close and better download speeds; however, don't knock Sprint with ignorant claims.

10. yourmom07

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

who in the world told you sprint charges roaming after 300 mb?? sprint's simply everything covers completely everything as in there are no extra charges-- hence the term simply EVERYTHING

16. aaevann

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2009

The simply everything plan is sort of everything. Tethering is not included.... However, despite having the roaming charges incorrect, the OP brings up a good point. Sprint's mobile broadband roaming is very restrictive

17. j.naueattrep

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

But why do they do it? Uhm...answer: They are paying someone else for you to use a different network. So those speeds may not even be under Sprint.

3. davidneary01

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 25, 2008

no sprint does not charge for data roaming with the everything plan, it's unlimited just like naviagation turn by turn, texting, minutes mms and data usage roaming or not.....almost all new phones require this plan..get your facts straight before posting...

5. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Post this so you don't have to do the Math on the sheet yourself. Numbers: Verizon 89.69% Reliability, Sprint 90.38%, ATT 70.77%, took all the percentages added them and divided by the 13 cities on the sheet. ATT average DL: 773/kb ATT average UL: 522/kb Average between DL and UL: 648/kb Sprint average DL: 804/kb Sprint average UL: 376/kb Average between DL and UL: 590/kb Verizon average DL: 958/kb Verizon average UL: 428/kb Average between DL and UL: 693/kb Funny since ATT claims they have the fastest 3G network, So based on coverage, reliability and speeds factored together. Seems like it's really "It the Network" performs best overall. Not sure where PCMAG or Phonearena did there math, but I checked it twice based on the numbers they provided on that sheet above and that's what I got. Maybe there were more cities that just were listed and that's why I have slightly different numbers. But you guys can check for yourself.

8. martycota

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Read the article, they do say that ATT has the fastest, just that they have the lowest reliability which is very important in downloads... So this article just seems to prove their ad claims, ATT fastest 3g network Sprint Most reliable 3g network Verizon Most locked down device network...?.

11. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Actually acording to the Network's ads it's more like: AT&T----fastest 3g Sprint----most dependable Verizon--most reliable ..and AT&T seems to be the most inacurate. Their 3G is not mature enough. I feel bad for Olando's Iphone 3g/3gs users..lol

6. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

So will they have to redo their commercials?

7. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

AT&T's fastest 3G network claims actually mean they have the fastest theoretical 3G speeds. The speeds that HSPA has reached in ideal conditions is faster than what EVDO Rev. A has reached. As far as real-life performance, they're very inconsistent.

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

at&t was the worst rating in showing how many bars they have compared to actual reliable tests. verizon came in first. so when the phone has 4 bars it means 4 bars. at&t could have 5 bars but you could lose a call. i was surprised sprint beat verizon in reliability. but try going to small towns and see who is more reliable.

13. fergi111

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 10, 2009

These test are fine but it does not discribe the nationwide coverage of the carrier. What kind of coverage do you have in Omaha or Topeka or even driving down the interstate. I always see the disclaimer on all the ads. The 3G claims are only for 50 cities.

14. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

The only true test would be a test in every single state, at least two major cities in each state, then average out the data. I really don't care what the results are, seeing how I have Att, and I could care less how Att's network performs in Texas, aslong as it's great where I am, in Atl. Anyway, congrats to Sprint, keep up the good work.

15. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Weird how the tests being done don't show anything new...

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