After years of waiting Verizon customers finally got the chance to get hold of Apple’s iPhone last month. It ended AT&T’s exclusive deal with Apple as the only carrier previously offering the device, but how do the two networks compare when it comes to data speeds?
Peter Svensson over at USA Today is reporting in an article that Verizon uses an older network than AT&T’s and has lower data speeds. A testing firm called Metrico Wireless have said that data downloads on the Verizon iPhone was only half as fast as those on the AT&T network.
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But because normal web pages load just as fast, users probably will not notice any difference, unless they are downloading large data files. Verizon has often thought to have the more stable network than AT&T, and this testing confirmed this.
AT&T’s Rich McNally said that with calls that didn’t go through or were drooped, there wasn’t much difference, but no figures were given. Tests were carried out over 4,000 calls and 10,000 web page views in New York, Seattle, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago and Dallas.
It was found though that when trying to download a file in a moving vehicle, the Verizon iPhone was less reliable, with a 10% higher failure rate. But when stationary the Verizon had a 10% better rate for uploads.
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