Which carrier network runs the Apple iPhone 5 the fastest? Does it beat Wi-Fi?

Which carrier network runs the Apple iPhone 5 the fastest? Does it beat Wi-Fi?
Now that the Apple iPhone runs over speedy LTE networks offered by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, the question is which of the three lets the device run faster. At the same time, can LTE speeds beat out the numbers coming from Wi-Fi networks? A test was conducted on a rooftop, quite appropriately in the Big Apple, to get the answers to these questions.

Verizon's LTE network seems to provide the fastest data speeds for the Apple iPhone 5 with an average speed of 16Mbps on the downlink and 18.8Mbps on the uplink. That also beat out the Samsung Galaxy S III which on Big Red's LTE pipeline had average speeds of 13.9Mbps and 14.5Mbps respectively. After Verizon came AT&T with an average download time of 10.5Mbps for the Apple iPhone 5, and an average upload time of 14.2Mbps. The iPhone 5 was the third fastest phone tested, just beating out the HTC One X but behind Big Red's Samsung Galaxy S III. Sprint, without 4G in the area, had to make do with 3G and that provided a snail crawling 1.5Mbps on the downlink while no uplink score could be obtained.

Apple has been claiming that the new Apple iPhone 5 would have superior Wi-Fi speed thanks to its support for 5MHz bands in addition to the 2.4MHz. And Apple wasn't just whistling Dixie. The Apple iPhone 5 on 5MHz Wi-Fi had an average download speed of 37.8Mbps vs just 8.7Mbps while using 2.4MHz. Upload speeds had a bigger gap with average scores of 26.9Mbps and 3.7Mbps.

source: Gizmodo

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2. e.wvu unregistered

Why am I on Sprint? Lol.

15. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Because Sprint = Truly Unlimited 2G.

21. e.wvu unregistered

Got that right. I have to deal with it for one more year.

29. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Child, just cancel. They will keep sending you letters for their ETF but just ignore them (not that I speak from personal experience). But, just make sure to have service with another carrier first, this way you don't have to pay a deposit. Oh, and before you cancel (if you've got a premium device), make sure to replace your current device on your account with a cheapie' like a Palm Centro this way the premium device doesn't get tied to the account when you cancel (not that I speak from experience). Come on over to Verizon, even T-Mo' will give you better 4G. Why have chitt'lins' when you have Filet Migñón?

41. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Um Connie nice to see your enthusiasm, however everyone dont listen youll run the risk of f**king up your credit for a damn cell phone its calles a chaege off sweety.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Lol you are going to get different results every time and based on your location. I seen real videos of the sgs3 Vs iphone 5 and one test the iphone won and the second time the sgs3 won.

4. AppleIsGod

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Wow how come sprint got 1.5 Mbps....My cousin gets around 300 kbps on his EVO 4g LTE...


Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

My EVO 4G LTE has only received 300 kbps as well but now receives 1.5 mbps...thanks to recent tower upgrades!

35. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

hahahah doodoo service!! Sprint shouldn't even be allowed to carry the IPhone! It makes the IPhone look bad

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

wow sprint that is just PATHETIC. My AT&T 3g is faster then sprints 4g LOL

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

oops sprints is 3g lol well someone post a sprint 4g I am curious

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

There's no way that's Sprint's 4G LTE. That is definitely 3G and 1.5mbps is good for EVDO.

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow this one will make a few regulars have a bad weekend... not surprise on the results at all

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Lol your S3 got whipped again by another iPhone, without a quadcore. Check the. Bench mark below. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410034,00.asp

12. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Hey phonearena, you should make an article where we could submit our test speeds on your webstie and you could make a really big comparison article! Tons of people enter the photo contests and whatnot, so it seems like there'd be enough people.

14. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Sprint.... "truly unlimited" BAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA no wonder.

16. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

The Sprint tests are just on 3G. If you have Verizon in your area with no LTE it would run upto 1.5 maps as well.

17. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Of course, Verizon = Power of Zeus.

19. Apple_Royally_

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Verizon are expensive, you pay for what you get. Not every-one can afford it®

44. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009


20. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I am not understanding this testing, why even place Sprint numbers when you know it's on 3g?. Why don't you turn off all the phones LTE for a even comparison of the carriers, or ask someone who has all 3 LTE service to do the test for you?.

31. jenna_23

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

If u were to turn of LTE on all 3 iphones like u said at&t would most likely win cuz of its hspa+ i get 10-12 mbps on atts hspa+ and 20-30 on LTE .

45. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I think it was meant to insult Sprint's sloppy approach to network decisions...personally

22. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

@mandkee. Stupid jerk is ur face. Go kiss ur iP5. Ill enjoy my GS3. I wouldnt buy the iP5 for $5. Gayest phone ever. U guys r blinded sheep.

49. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

i don't know about you, but if i could find an authentic iPhone 5 for $5...i'd be all over it based solely on the principle of it being $5. i could always resell it for 100x what i paid for it.

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Verizon CDMA is not much better than Sprint's 3G. My Razr gets 20-25 sometimes with Verizon....my Vivid gets 15 with HSPA+ from AT&T...really not much different in terms of real world use.

24. R3537L1F3

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

This test most likeley wasn't done on sprint's 4G LTE. Those are clearly 3G speeds. Did anyone stop to think "Hey Sprint's LTE is not everywhere yet and the iPhone 5 doesn't use WiMax 4G" No LTE leaves 3G. Some for the coments about those owning an EVO LTE, do you have LTE?

25. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

iPhone isnt made for tech nerds and tech geniuses!! so leave iPhone alone ok?

30. ebunny89

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Apparently it wasn't made for people who want to know where they're going either... Apple Maps are a joke...

32. kurejikame

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

I think it should be 2.4GHz and 5GHZ not MHz. In terms of internet service, I don't know the exact numbers, but I would think that average Wi-Fi speeds are between 10Mbps and 20Mbps. The the reason the 5GHz frequency is "better" is because it's not used as much as the 2.4GHz thus less interference. The other thing is while your speed may increase while using the 5GHz band most people won't see such a huge difference in speed. Really it just allows you to take more advantage of the internet package you're paying for. If you have the low end package, don't expect that you're internet speed will jump from say 2Mbps to 20Mbps. People who live in a big city will probably benefit more from using the 5GHz band frequency. Oh and let's not forget that your router has to be capable of the 5GHz band. If you have a dual band router, you're good to go otherwise you won't benefit from this technology.

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