Study Examines iPhone 4S Carriers, Which One is the Best? - HotHardware
Study Examines iPhone 4S Carriers, Which One is the Best?

Study Examines iPhone 4S Carriers, Which One is the Best?

Metrico Wireless set out to discover which iPhone 4S wireless carrier is tops, and they did it by performing over 21,000 Web downloads, running more than 8,000 data download/upload tests while mobile and while stationary, and by making around 6,000 voice calls. Or, you know, a typical day in the life of a teenager. So which carrier stood head and shoulders above the rest?

Well, none of them, really. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon each excelled in different areas. AT&T, for example, outperformed the other two in download speeds "by a considerable margin." Web browsing was faster on AT&T's network too, which isn't surprising considering it's the only one of the three to support HSPA+ on the iPhone 4S.


Verizon pulled ahead in call success rates, albeit just slightly, Metrico says. During Metrico's tests, Verizon dropped calls 2.1 percent of the time, compared to 2.8 percent for AT&T and 3.7 percent for Sprint.

Sprint, of course, is the only carrier offering unlimited data with no caps or overage charges, but as far as Metrico is concerned, Sprint also has the best network voice quality on the uplink (AT&T had the best quality on the downlink).

Regardless of which mobile phone you own, which wireless carrier are you contracted with, and are you happy with them?
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I have a 4s with Verizon. Their 3G is pretty flawless most of the time. Their 3G is faster than most free wifi at places.

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im with tmobile, well because i work there, and i havent had any problems. Now data coverage isnt as great as verizon or att, tmobile wont cost you a whole bunch. Plus iphone's run on our edge network. i came from verizon before i came tmobile. overall im happy and if i ever quit tmo im staying with them.

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"I think every carrier has stepped up there game, even I have to admit AT&t has become very reliable, different story years ago, but that past is behind us."

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its extremely reliable when you can get bars. spotty service. even in a large city like me, there are complete dead zones. outside in the sun.

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I guess not one of them will be the best... I'm personally a T-Mobile guy but I don't know if I'll go to them following the merger with AT&T. *shudders*

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It is actually kind of funny when you read these kinds of studies if you think about it. I mean this is wireless coverage so if whomever did the physical testing for any cellular network had sat 3 feet from where they were when they did the testing the results most likely would have been considerably different. Even in a range test in a metro are it depends specifically on the time of day and proximity of major blocks of cellular traffic on that specific tower. Now of course I use T-Mobile and I generally have no issues I would not have with any other carrier I have used in my specific area (Sprint and Verizon and my brother has At&t so I know there performance spectrum as we live basically within 15-20 miles of each other). So I know everyone has issues specifically at my house as no ones tower hits it directly but all providers have one within 3-5 miles of my house as the bird flies. The positive for me at home (and yes I am running a small home business at the moment though I am looking for full time employment as well and doing contract work to) is T-Mous lets you use wireless A,B,G, N connections for free if you want ad it is easily managed. So my coverage is spot on all the time. As far as price goes beleive it or not on top ATT Sprint and TMo offer pretty close to the same price but ATT/Sprint plays there games and limits you on several thing and wireless connect through ABGN are charged separately where there free with TMO Verizon is through the roof over all of them. Either way my point is these tests are only on or in very specific locations and therefore apply nowhere but these very specific locations..

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Carrier-debating aside, I just want to say that's one awesome picture (I love that AT&T DeathStar off the port side)! Who gets credit for the Photoshopped PIC, Paul?

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I am with Sprint and have not really had any troubles. 3G is pretty slow sometimes plus my signal is spotty in my place of work but mostly that is due to the construction of the building. I am satisfied with the service for the cost considering I have 4 phones on my plan and I don't have to worry about additional charges.

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My girl just got the I-phone 4 on AT&T and her phone would drop calls at times and she thought her phone was bad but I chalked it up to the network being over run at times.

But who knows really, it has gotten better.

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