This question has plagued us for the past few years. Since the widespread adoption of smartphones, it’s now very important that the cellular carriers not only have good call quality but good enough data speeds. Each carrier claims to have the best “something.” Whether it is the largest 4G network or the most reliable network, who really has the best?
Each carrier (the big 4) have their own benefits. And now with the network going 4G, its even more important to users to have fast data speeds. According to PC World, they have been testing the big 4 networks for a few years and this is what they came up with:
AT&T’s new LTE network turned in the fastest download speeds of any 4G service. Its 3G service was very competitive, too–and those two results help make a strong case for AT&T dual-mode 3G/4G phones.
• T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 21 service won in the 3G bracket of our study, and the company’s high-end HSPA+ 42 service competed reasonably well with other providers’ 4G service. In addition, T-Mobile’s service plans are more flexible and its prices are lower than those offered by competing carriers.
• Verizon makes 4G service available in many more locations than other providers do, and its 4G upload speeds are top-of-the-line, but its 4G download speeds don’t match AT&T’s. And Verizon’s 3G speeds are not improving much, especially when compared to the competition.
• Sprint was consistently a laggard in our wireless speed derby. The company seems to have virtually stopped developing its existing 3G and 4G networks while looking for a way to make the transition from its outdated WiMax 4G technology to LTE.
So there you have it. Do you agree with these findings? Let us know below!