Verizon vs. AT&T: Which iPhone is faster?
Consumers now have a choice about which carrier they can use for Apple's iPhone, but which is really the better choice?
According to speed tests published in Wired, the answer for data downloads is AT&T -- if you want the fastest speeds. On the other hand, if you're looking for reliability, your best bet is Verizon.
Ookla, the company that owns Speedtest.net, confirmed widespread speculation about data differences between the two networks in its tests on download speeds.
The AT&T iPhone averaged a download speed of 1,769 Kbps, and an average upload speed was 730 Kbps. The Verizon iPhone's average download speed was 848 Kbps, and its average upload speed was 506 Kbps.
The test did not look at coverage reliability or dropped connections. But Wired's Brian X. Chen did his own tests and found that although Verizon's data was consistently slower, it did complete all the tests. AT&T's iPhone could not complete some tests because it couldn't find a connection.
"I think that's the story I expected to see," said Doug Suttles, co-founder of Ookla, told Wired. "Verizon has never talked up their speed, but they always talk up coverage and reliability. ... I think the story is quality versus throughput: What are you after?"
| February 18, 2011; 10:23 AM ET
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