Verizon vs. AT&T iPhone 5: Data
I made a pretty broad assumption in a previous thread, so I'd like to be more clear and break it down with one aspect of the Verizon vs. AT&T iPhone 5s; data in areas where the signal strength between Verizon and AT&T are equal. This blog post highlights the reasons the iPhone 5 will remain inferior to AT&T's as data is concerned, at least until 2013. How valid is this? I happen to be a Verizon iPhone user, only because i don't have a choice IMO, which I'm sure some of you from my previous threads already know. I can't help but feel like I'm not getting the full iPhone experience now and I won't even be getting it when the 5 comes out.
Last edited by dannymichel; 08-08-2011 at 04:37 PM.
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Yet another example of why it all depends on where you have service, and with what provider. I'm sure in many markets AT&T will dominate, but in my area and the areas I travel to frequently it is the bandwidth that will translate into actual speed for the end user every time. Though benchmark tests in my area show that AT&T's speeds are faster, the end user experience is quite different as the Verizon network in these areas is much larger and not as prone to the network congestion that translates into slower speeds for the end user on these areas on AT&T.
Just because you run a speed test on an AT&T iPhone and see a faster connection does not mean that when you get to downloading large files and streaming media that you are going to have a better experience on one network or another as those apps measure the connection speed, not the bandwidth and maximum load the network can handle.
Thus it remains a matter of personal preference, user experience and network strength (bandwidth), more than what speedtest.net results may be.
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im looking for actual information here. that's why i come here and that's what i thought was provided here
- 08-08-2011, 04:31 PM #10
If you eliminate any of the variables you are not getting an accurate picture, thus rendering your entire goal of collecting real information an unsuccessful one.
i've modified the original post
ok, where are we when it's eliminated as data is concerned?
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- 08-08-2011, 09:22 PM #12
Here is the problem I see.
Signal strength = the connection between the closest cell site and the device
Network speed = a combination of 2 things:
1- the actual rate data can be transferred to/from the device
2- bandwidth - or the amount of data that can be handled by the network before bogging down
Best way to visualize this is the freeway concept. If you have a 3 lane freeway that has a speed limit of 100 mph and a 6 lane freeway that has a speed limit of 70 mph, the speed limit of the freeways is a factor if there are only a few cars on it. Now put rush hour traffic with the same amount of cars on each freeway. The people going through the rush hour traffic are going to have "faster" speeds on the 6 lane fwy (even with a slower speed limit) at a certain number of cars because the capacity of the 3 way is much less and bog it down. Take away the cars and yes, the 3 lane 100 mph freeway will blow the 6 lane away. Fill them with equal capacities maxing out the 3 lane and those on the six lane will have a breeze of a drive.
Cell providers advertise their network "speeds" (speed limits) based on their rate of data transfer, not their bandwidth capacity (how many lanes). This is why in some areas, AT&T has a "faster" network (hspa), but a verizon device could still be faster on 3G when comparing similar downloads side by side. This is why there is so much confusion about whose network is faster. The providers are playing a ruthless and cheap advertising game that hurts one person, the consumer.
4G, as advertised by the carriers means little as it does not describe what it used to, a generation of technology. None of the upcoming "4G" networks will be true 4G. It is unfortunate that the carriers have chosen to so badly confuse the consumer with a combination of omissions and misinformation.