Verizon’s 3G is the fastest, while AT&T's one is the slowest, says Wired

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Verizon’s 3G is the fastest, while AT&T's one is the slowest, says Wired
Wired has conducted a test to measure the 3G performance of the four largest U.S. carriers - AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile involving more than 15,000 users, with about 12,000 of all who signed up found to have taken a valid participation. It turns out Verizon subscribers (represented by 856 testers) are enjoying the fastest network service at the time being, with an average download speed of about 1,940 Kbps. T-Mobile’s network came out second with an average rate of 1,793 Kbps, according to the data, acquired from 1,189 users. Sprint was third with 1,598 Kbps, based on the results of 1,570 users, while the 8,153 АТ&Т testers enjoyed an average speed of 901 Kbps.

Wired also informs, however, that certain things might have lead to inaccurate results. For example, the significantly larger number of AT&T test takers may have lowered the download speed and it´s also possible that a certain number of people cheated the test by, for example, running it via Wi-Fi. Finally, another important consideration is the performance of each phone in terms of processing power and amount of RAM.

source: Wired

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45 Comments

1. The Godfather unregistered

amazing VZW ftw

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

good job wired..but why so little vzw participants and so many for at&t, doesn't that skew the results?? vzw ftw.

18. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

GOOD JOB! Im Al Gore, I demand a revote because it just can't be right that VZW is the #1 we're the only profitible wireless provider out there, way to make it seem skewed just because wired has sprint and there new 4g isnt SH*T

27. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

Ignorance, you are probably 40 and hoping to be a lifer at VZW. Have fun living with you mom PapaJay224.

30. Goofyfoot

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Its just a shotty test. The last paragraph says it all. There should have been more control over the test. Theres plenty of ways a legit speed test could be done but i hardly think they will take the time to do it.

3. poe1222

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 01, 2008

yeah... 8000 for att? that seems excessive compared to all the other carriers. I would like to see the numbers run again with no more than 2000 att users. I still think vzw is on top. I was surprised to see my Tmo in 2nd, but their 3g net is very new.

14. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

alot more people to complain appearently....Id give up if every customer for the first 2000 agreed that VZW is the fastest..isnt this how they elect the President?

20. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I bet a few TMobile users tested over WiFi

31. dboy08

Posts: 16; Member since: May 06, 2009

yeah i thought t-mo was the slowest

36. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

guess again

37. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

and rapidly growin 30 million n counting

44. smedina44

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 01, 2009

t-mobile doesnt have 3g

4. becazican unregistered

it would seem to me that the results are indeed inaccurate, as so many att users were used compared to the rest, i am a verzon user and its slow as hell for me

25. willieg3

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

What kind of phone do you have?

34. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i have the storm and the network is plenty fast. especially when i use bolt browser and opera mini.

38. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

i have t-mo the so called "horrible and slow" network and it works just fine. internet is fast, service everywhere, etc.

5. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I know Sprint doesn't have as many users as before but saying crappy t mo is faster lends to the impression not many of them participated

6. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

didn't another test say Sprint had the fastest 3G?..This is why I don't rely on carrier tests because their results are never solid...lets get one tester, per service, doing a test in each state, at least 2 major cities per state. That's fair enough...but w/ that, I say eh....

10. cheech4

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

no. tests were done by both Pcworld and Gizmodo showing Sprint has the most dependable 3g.

12. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Oh, dependable...

16. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Toilet paper is dependable...exlax is fast...people want exlax

39. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

lol. n dude get ur crap together cheech4.

7. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

this test seems incredibly inaccurate and unscientific

9. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

exactly, why would they run this test, when more than half the user's had ATT? Shouldn't they have made sure each person didn't use WIFI?, or each person use the same handset? This test was pointless. It didn't prove anything.

17. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I think all these iPhone users are sad that thier network isnt as good as they hoped...more people tested At&t because they already knew about VZW, its because they are in doubt that they need to test the "competition" just to have something else to say...Im sensing a bunch of bitter people, and shame on PhoneArena for not posting a specific article that either says one thing or another...Dont post some crap about how these tests were made and thenfollow up with ..."but they fudged it so who cares about the article"...Im going to post a site about a new flavor of pepsi and talk all about it and then when your done reading Ill post that its made from piss and that I lied about it existing...Im getting closer and closer to leaving this site...CMON PHONE ARENA...SERIOUSLY!?!?!

22. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

then GTFO ^_^

28. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

You're getting closer to leaving because everyone makes fun of you, simply because you couldn't make more annoying statements. Just do us all a favor and SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks. Peace.

33. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I think it is very accurate in representing the speeds of AT&T because more than half of the users are from them. It is still slower than that mythical 7.2mbps we keep hearing about. At the very least all of the other carriers give a more accurate speed rating.

8. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this seems like the worst test i've seen ever...

11. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

VZW FTW! Woohoo.

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