December 18, 2008
Sprint 3G Data Service Speeds Top AT&T and Verizon in Download Performance Test
Gizmodo, a leading technology blog, provides big wins for Sprint in "Definitive Coast-to-Coast 3G Data Test" of national carrier 3G data services
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
put the three leading U.S. carriers to the test to determine which
provides the best 3G wireless data service.
"On download performance Sprint wins overall, beating
"Gizmodo's findings further demonstrate that 3G networks are not all the
The process for Gizmodo's test involved passing three mobile broadband
cards - one each from
"This may not be a clean-room lab study, but we kept firm to our methods and the results speak to that," wrote Rothman. "There's a reason this may be the most information anyone has gathered, independently, on the subject."
Sprint Mobile Broadband is perfect for road warriors. Customers using handheld devices and connection cards can enjoy broadband speed when downloading large files, accessing high-speed data applications and location-based services. Those with select 3G-capable phones can browse the Web, access e-mail, share pictures, use navigation tools, wirelessly download music, listen to commercial-free radio and watch live TV and full-length movies.
Sprint's Sierra Wireless Compass 597 was selected by Gizmodo for the testing process. As the nation's smallest USB modem for mobile broadband networks, the Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem is about the size of a pack of gum. It features automatic installation of Sprint SmartViewSM software and one-touch activation on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network for both Mac and PC users, making it quick and easy to get up and running.
Sprint offers one of the largest mobile broadband device portfolios, including PCMCIA cards, Express Cards, USB devices and mobile broadband routers as well as phones, laptops and other devices with built-in mobile broadband capability. For more information on coverage, plans and devices, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.
Since 2006, Sprint has invested
Current and prospective customers can view coverage maps using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint retail stores. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage, recently added cell sites and the network signal strength on the Nextel National Network, Nationwide Sprint Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
* Largest based on square miles (inclusive of roaming). Dependability
based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection
success, session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most
populous markets, March to