AT&T (on downloads) and Verizon (on uploads) have the fastest 4G speeds of the four major carriers, according to PCWorld’s latest testing in 13 U.S. cities.
PCWorld took the average measurements of upload and download speeds on 3G and 4G networks on the four national wireless services (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) at various locations of the cities.
Measurements of wireless service were taken in 13 cities–Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
The goal was a real-time “snapshot” of how the 3G-to-4G transition is progressing, and which companies are currently delivering on the promised faster speeds.
AT&T has the best all-around 4G network, PCWorld found.
Here’s a breakdown:
- T-Mobile on 3G won both the download and upload speeds;
- AT&T has the fastest download speed on 4G ;
- Verizon had the fastest upload speed on 4G.
PCWorld asked the four wireless carriers to send them the 3G and 4G phones they thought would perform best on their data networks.
For 3G tests, the phones tested were: a Motorola Atrix 2 (AT&T), an LG Marquee (Sprint), a Samsung Sidekick 4G (T-Mobile), and an HTC Droid Incredible (Verizon).
For 4G tests, PCWorld tested: an HTC Vivid (AT&T), a Samsung Galaxy S II (aka Epic 4G Touch, from Sprint), an HTC Amaze (T-Mobile), and a Motorola Droid Razr (Verizon).