AT&T vs. Verizon iPhone: And the Fastest Is

Verizon Wireless customers and AT&T bashers waited a long time for AT&Ts exclusive stranglehold on the Apple iPhone to end. But now that Verizon has the iPhone, how does it stack up against the devices original carrier?

Thats the question asked by Metrico Wireless, a provider of mobile device performance information and solutions, in a new study. The company determined that choosing a winner in a head-to-head competition depends on how you use the iPhone, but for those with a need for speed, its AT&T that comes out ahead.

Metrico Wireless found that the AT&T iPhones average data download speed was twice that of the Verizon iPhone. The Verizon version of the device hung in there a little better when it came to average load time for a Web page it was determined that the speed was about the same on both networks.

Interestingly, the study showed results varied when the iPhone was mobile vs. stationary. The AT&T version was able to complete 10 percent more data download sessions” than the Verizon device when it was mobile; but when the two phones were stationary, Verizon had a better success rate by about 10 percent.

A more complete look at the iPhone battle can be found in Metricos special report.

Meantime, Metrico also recently compared the iPhone to other smartphones on the two wireless networks.

As for the AT&T iPhone:

  • It ranks near the top on data download and upload speed, with comparable performance to the Sony Ericsson Xperia, the LG Quantum and the HTC Surround.
  • It ranks below average in Bluetooth speech quality behind top rated performers like the Blackberry Torch and Blackberry Curve.
  • It ranks in the middle of the pack on call performance behind top rated performers like the Samsung Captivate and the HTC Aria.

The Verizon iPhone:

  • It ranks near the top in noise cancelling performance, joining the likes of the Motorola Droid X and the LG Ally.
  • It ranks below average in data download speed relative to other Verizon smartphones like the HTC Incredible.
  • It is comparable to the Verizon average in speech quality, behind top performers like the LG Fathom.

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