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Verizon Wireless And Sprint Carry Most Data Says ABI Research

Verizon Wireless And Sprint Carry Most Data Says ABI Research

When reports broke last year about how iPhone users were overwhelming AT&T's network, some people may have concluded that AT&T was carrying them most data traffic. According to ABI Research, that's not true. Based on its studies, ABI Research concluded that Verizon Wireless and Sprint carried more data last year than AT&T. Together, Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers generated 63% of the mobile network data traffic in the US.

Practice director Dan Shey comments on the traffic, “Interestingly AT&T had the most activated data devices in 2009. But it is laptop mobile data connections that have the most impact on operator data traffic levels. Mobile broadband laptop connections to Verizon and Sprint each far exceed AT&T’s laptop connections.”

Verizon is expected to maintain the top data traffic position over the next five years. ABI Research expects AT&T’s share of mobile data traffic to increase and rise to the number two position by 2012. Sprint, T-Mobile, and all other operators will hold the final three spots for top mobile data traffic. Although the operator traffic distribution share will change, all operators are expected to see an increase in mobile data traffic levels by eightfold from 2010 through 2014.

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I'm not surprised as AT&T barely has any 3G coverage compared to Verizon and Sprint.  AT&T needs to get their act together and invest in 3G/4G so people don't complain about 3G coverage or AT&T complaining about overloading network.  I kinda feel sorry for a friend of mine in a way who recently got AT&T because in Iowa there are very few cities that have 3G coverage (I could only think of  3) and we happen to be in one of them.  Luckily he usually stays in the city so he doesn't always have to worry about losing 3G coverage.  If I had AT&T, I'd be screwed especially if I went home for the weekend because I'm from the middle of nowhere.

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I'm not surprised as AT&T barely has any 3G coverage compared to Verizon and Sprint. AT&T needs to get their act together and invest in 3G/4G so people don't complain about 3G coverage or AT&T complaining about overloading network. I kinda feel sorry for a friend of mine in a way who recently got AT&T because in Iowa there are very few cities that have 3G coverage (I could only think of 3) and we happen to be in one of them. Luckily he usually stays in the city so he doesn't always have to worry about losing 3G coverage. If I had AT&T, I'd be screwed especially if I went home for the weekend because I'm from the middle of nowhere.

That's just the thing. AT&T has been riding the Apple wave to long and really has forgotten about their customers.

With all the Apple products that people buy, they instantly get them signed into almost four year deals. So basically they have their revenue for the next six years progressively.

This is why they don't really care about getting out 4G anytime soon. They just have to make sure things keep barely operating at the status-quo level.

Then with their partnership with Apple, they can just lead people around like sheep to the hot zones that they choose. As long as people feel like they are a part of something by standing in line for a day every six months for a new product. They wont notice the coverage as long as the new toy plays music :P

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Animatortom what you say is very correct. However; I think we are going to see a market shake up when Sprint drops there 4G phone unit. The thing is it is more capable than anything. On top of that the Sprint network is 4G which they have been implementing the backbone for since 2008.

Verizon may get on the tale end of the adoption not to mention that Sprint and Verizon share towers to some extent. Having the only device capable of using a 10x increased traffic network is going to have an impact though.

Then on top of that Verizon is rumored, and pretty accurately from what I can tell, to finally be getting the iPhone. I think Sprint is going to take off literally when people realize the difference. I just hope for them that there network backbone can handle the traffic there going to get.

If it can and it looks like it very well may, as people realize which I think will be pretty quickly adopted, a large number of people will switch. Hopefully Sprint can handle this on capacity, and in customer service as well as the other areas this will impact. If they can we may very well at the least see a new number 2 carrier, and pretty quickly.

When and if this happens At&t will be the looser because of there reluctance or otherwise slow adoption of 4G. Verizon is second it seems in that adoption, as supposedly they are working on it now. The thing is Sprint has been putting it (4G) in as I said earlier for 2 full years now!

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True Dat Rapid1 :!
 
That is kinda the point I was making, I just didn't go through the covering of the other companies policies. I was just dumping on AT&T Tongue Tied
 
There is probably something to say, that more people think AT&T uses the most traffic because everyone is talking about all the apps they have been downloading. Yet when it comes to putting the connections to good use, the people on Verizon and Sprint, are actually using it mostly to get work done.
 
Personally, I believe Sprint is going to kick both of their butts, because they are focusing on actually improving their systems and customer service. And not going out and spending crazy money on actors and airtime to attack the competition:)
 
I am just hoping that when the EVO comes out that they will give me a good upgrade deal!
PS: sorry I didnt copy/paste your prior post that would make mine seem longer and more lucrative Stick out tongue Hope it doesn't hurt my chances of winning the current rig Confused

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Laptop mobile data connections being the large contributor sounds reasonable. I just wouldn't have figured that many people use them. These are the little cards that I have seen on commercials that enable internet anywhere right? Just making sure.

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