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