By Chuong Nguyen | February 26, 2010 4:01 PM
Lately, the battle between AT&T and Verizon Wireless has taken center stage with the fight between an app for that and a map for that, but Sprint and T-Mobile aren’t to be left out of the race for wireless dominance. T-Mobile as the underdog, the nation’s number four carrier, has ambitious plans to upgrade its 3G data network to HSPA+, giving 3G download speeds that rivals 4G speeds while number three Sprint has already deployed 4G access in a number of areas at a time when its competitors are only beginning to talk about 4G coverage. Sprint’s 4G WiMax service is already present in 27 markets and will make its way to larger metropolitan hubs this year, including Boston, Houston, New York City, San Francisco, and the District of Columbia to name a few.
Currently, the 27 WiMax markets include: Georgia Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii Honolulu, Maui; Idaho Boise; Illinois Chicago; Maryland Baltimore; Nevada Las Vegas; North Carolina Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania Philadelphia; Texas Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington Bellingham, Seattle.
That’s not all. The the San Francisco Bay Area office of Sprint is boasting, in light of AT&T’s sub-par performance in San Francisco, that it is rated as the best performer in the City by the Bay: “Sure, you can have an app for this or a map for that, but it won’t do you any good if you can’t connect when you want to. Maligned smartphone users in the Bay Area take note: Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Now Network was named the Bay Area’s most reliable 3G network in a recent smartphone test by PC World, comparing the performance of the top four carriers’ 3G networks while using a popular smartphone available for each one.”
That’s not to say that other carriers are doing poorly. AT&T has been noted by the same PCWorld survey to have shown the most network improvement, T-Mobile is doing strong, and Verizon Wireless still is bragging about its robust network. The winner though, at this point, especially if you live in one of Sprint’s 27 WiMax market, is that 4G is available and the Sprint Overdrive by Sierra Wireless can help you roam between 3G and 4G wireless coverage seamlessly on Sprint’s network.
Speaking of the Overdrive, I’ve been using it for the past few days and am impressed by Sprint’s Bay Area coverage with speeds regularly above 1 Mbps as reported by Speedtest.net with little latency; Verizon’s Mobile Hotspot app on the Pre and Pixi Plus models got around 700 Kbps and the iPhone over USB tethering averaged about 600 Kbps. We’ll have more results on the Overdrive in a future segment, but if data speeds and reliability are of concern, Sprint is laying claim as the leader in the Bay Area; if you travel a lot or live in another major metropolitan area, do check out PCWorld‘s ratings.
Sprint Press Release:
WHO’S NO. 1?
PC WORLD SMARTPHONE RESULTS ARE LOUD AND CLEAR: SPRINT’S 3G NETWORK IS BAY AREA’S MOST RELIABLE
Magazine’s 13-city smartphone tests show Sprint as indisputable winner in the Bay Area with 95 percent connectivity rate in San Jose, 90 percent in San Francisco
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. Feb. 26, 2010 Sure, you can have an app for this or a map for that, but it won’t do you any good if you can’t connect when you want to. Maligned smartphone users in the Bay Area take note: Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Now Network was named the Bay Area’s most reliable 3G network in a recent smartphone test by PC World, comparing the performance of the top four carriers’ 3G networks while using a popular smartphone available for each one.
Reliable? Yes. Dependable? Definitely. Steadfast? No doubt. The PC World smartphone results, released online Tuesday and published in the magazine’s March issue, show Sprint’s popular HTC Hero with Google beating AT&T’s iPhone®, Verizon’s Motorola DROID and T-Mobile’s HTC G1 with the most reliable connection rates among Tier 1 carriers in the two Bay Area cities tested. In San Jose, Sprint posted an average 95 percent connectivity rate at reasonable speeds; in San Francisco, Sprint scored an average 90 percent connectivity rate.
So when you add it all up, Sprint smartphone users in the Bay Area get it all: The most reliable 3G network for smartphones, the best selection of devices and among the most reasonable rates in the industry. 1 The Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime and unlimited messaging and data saves customers nearly $50 per month vs. Verizon’s Nationwide Talk and Text plan plus unlimited data package. 2 Sprint Everything Data plans deliver more value, with unlimited GPS navigation included at no extra charge and annual phone upgrades through the Sprint Premier loyalty program. These plans from Sprint make it simple for customers by including all the text, e-mail, Web, social networking and GPS navigation customers want on any Sprint phone for one low price.
Not only has Sprint maintained and strengthened its 3G network, it’s also the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Sprint 4G is already available in 27 markets, with San Francisco coming later this year. Sprint 4G will continue to expand to new cities, bringing wireless speeds up to 10 times faster than today’s 3G from any other national wireless carrier. 3
Whether shopping in Union Square or dining at a sidewalk café on Santana Row, Sprint customers in the Bay Area can rest assured that their smartphone experience will be reliable and worry free.
The results prove that Sprint customers not only have numerous, innovative applications to enjoy, such as Sprint Navigation or Sprint Music Store, but they can enjoy them when they want now without worrying about connections, reliability or speed.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1 Best Selection claim: Based on the overall number of operating platforms available combined with capabilities of devices.
2Savings based on Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime for unlimited calling while on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless user, plus unlimited nights and weekends starting at 7 p.m. and 450 anytime minutes vs. Verizon Nationwide Unlimited Talk & Text plan plus $29.99 unlimited data package.
3Up to 10x Faster claim: Based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Typical published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary.