Data Tests: Sprint’s iPhone Is Slow

Sprint Nextel Corp. doesn’t match up to its rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless when it comes to data speeds on the iPhone.

That’s according to tests conducted by AppleInsider.

iPhone data speeds at Sprint are far slower than on the networks of AT&T and Verizon, AppleInsider proclaimed after conducting tests in nearly a handful of cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco. Sacramento and Reno, Nevada. In data tests, Sprint’s iPhone often was unable to call up a map, check email or respond to Siri requests, according to the report.

A spokeswoman for Sprint told CNET AppleInsider’s “tests don’t match what we’re seeing nationwide, in fact, we’re seeing quite the opposite generally very satisfied customers, low return rates and where there were some initial hiccups, customers and reporters noting marked improvement.”

“We are hoping to work with AppleInsider to see what they are seeing a bit better,” the spokesperson added.

The AppleInsider report found that AT&T was the fastest network carrying the iPhone while Verizon Wireless had better coverage than AT&T.

AT&T has been carrying the iPhone for the last four years while Verizon Wireless began selling Apple’s iconic smartphone in February.

Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint, the third-largest wireless provider, just started carrying the iPhone in October.

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