Study: iPhone Downloads Faster on AT&T than Verizon

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AT&T’s 3G network offers iPhone 4 owners faster data downloads than Verizon’s network, according to a recent study by Metrico Wireless. The study looked at data collected from thousands of tests in several cities around the U.S.

Based on Metrico’s findings, AT&T’s wireless network offered iPhone 4 customers more than twice the download speeds compared to Verizon, and that AT&T completed ten percent more data download sessions when the iPhone was in motion. Despite the numbers, however, the company found that the mean load time for average Web pages was similar on the AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4.

Verizon topped AT&T’s iPhone in data uploads when the device was stationary with ten percent more of its test sessions completed.

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When compared to 22 other smartphones on AT&T’s network, the iPhone 4 ranked near the top of the pack for data upload and download speeds and was inline with performance from the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Sone Ericsson Xperia. For call performance, the iPhone 4 earned an average ranking, and below average in Bluetooth speech quality.

When compared against 17 other Verizon smartphones, the iPhone 4 earned one of the top rankings for noise canceling performance, and an average rating for speech quality. The iPhone 4 ranked below average, however, for data download speeds.

Metrico Wireless performed over 10,000 Web page downloads, over 2,000 data upload and download, and about 4,000 voice call tests as part of its study.

With results across the board for both versions of the iPhone 4, Metrico couldn’t offer up a clear cut winner. “How did they stack up? It depends on how the customer is using the device,” the company said.



Coverage, not speed, is what’s important to me.


There are so many metrics by which to measure your mobile carrier. Finding the ones that are important to you and what you are willing to afford financially is key to each person’s individual purchase decision. The carriers understandably market to their strengths and avoid their weaknesses in most cases. With AT&T and Verizon, the most basic of these two are the data throughput versus calling ability. One is better at the former, the other is better at the latter. But they’re also on two very different frameworks/network types.

So, pick what suits your needs and ignore all the chatter. Me, I would rather NOT talk on the phone, so you can guess which one I’m on.

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