Archive for October, 2009

Which 3G Network is the Fastest?

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

I’ve seen dozens of reports from various blogs and online news sites about which 3G network is faster. They all seem to have different results, and they areas that they test in are always extremely limited. So, I figured I would try to find test results from the most popular mobile speed test I know of —

Sure enough, they do publish the results. Here they are:

  • Sprint – 485.7 Kbps with 320ms of latency
  • Verizon – 473.9 Kbps with 530ms of latency
  • AT&T – 472.8 Kbps with 620ms of latency
  • T-Mobile – 360.9 Kbps with 580ms of latency
  • The difference between average speeds is marginal, but the lower latency that Sprint offers probably makes a huge difference.

    I know people are going to post comments about how skewed these results are for all kinds of reasons, and they’ll be mostly right, but in the grand scheme of things, I’d be willing to bet that these results are more accurate than any one review that only surveys speeds in two or three states at a time.

    Feel free to leave comments with your own experiences.