There's a new piece of meat to be thrown in the ring of battle between Verizon and AT&T. PC World's second annual test of all 3G networks in the US shows that AT&T has by far the fastest network, despite having only fractional coverage of the country.
Start channel surfing now and look for a Verizon or AT&T ad. It's not difficult. The string of back-and-forth attack ads, akin to the kind of stuff you'd see during a political campaign season, make for constant commercial fodder. Verizon insults AT&T's lack of 3G coverage while AT&T makes jokes about Verizon's download speeds. Which company is telling the truth? Well, they both are.
PC World put all the major carriers in a 13-city battle where download speeds were tested. AT&T performed ahead of Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and everyone else by at least 67%. Sprint performed the second best, followed by T-Mobile and finally Verizon.
It is the second year that the publication has conducted a sweeping test of 3G speeds. Last year, AT&T ranked dead last. So even though its coverage area has not expanded to the point where other carriers are, the places where it does exist have received improved infrastructure.
Verizon touts its extensive 3G coverage area, however, its connection speeds fall short of the other carriers. When it comes to 3G, at least for now, it is truly a question of quality over quantity.
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