Economy

On The iPhone, AT&T's Network Is Faster Than Verizon's

The Verizon iPhone 4 meets its public for the first time at a January media event in New York City.

The Verizon iPhone 4 meets its public for the first time at a January media event in New York City. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The general perception, I think it's fair to say, is that Verizon has by far a better network than AT&T. Well, for the first time since the iPhone became available for Verizon customers, last week, we now have hard numbers that prove that when it comes to speed, AT&T is tops.

Wired reports:

Ookla, creators of the Speedtest.net broadband test, compiled data from tests run by iPhone customers using the Speedtest.net app on both AT&T and Verizon. On average, reported AT&T iPhone transfer rates were roughly two times faster than the Verizon iPhone's.

The AT&T iPhone's average download speed was 1,769 kbps, and the average upload speed was 730 kbps. By way of comparison, the Verizon iPhone's average download speed was 848 kbps, and the average upload speed was 506 kbps.

The results come from 43,000 AT&T iPhones and 14,000 Verizon iPhones all over the United States. Most Speedtest.net app users ran the tests multiple times, totaling 106,000 results from AT&T iPhone users and 49,000 results from Verizon iPhone users.

That's not the end of it, though. Wired says that Verizon still has a broader network. So, they recommend, if you want your phone to make calls, go with Verizon, but if you want your phone to surf the internet or watch movies, go with AT&T.

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