iPhone 4S could be quicker on AT&T than Verizon or Sprint

AT&T, quite deservedly, has gotten slammed by owners of the previous versions of Apple's iPhone for poor reception and broken connections on AT&T's 3G wireless network. However, the new iPhone 4S, due for release on October 14, should see a speed increase that in theory cannot be match by the Verizon and Sprint owners of the same phone. As Venture Beat reports, the AT&T version of the iPhone 4S will connect to its 14.4 HSDPA network.

This version is somewhat faster than AT&T's normal 3G network and has 14.4 Mbps download speeds and 5.8 Mbps in upload speeds. An AT&T spokesperson said that the company expects the 14.4 HSDPA speeds to be made available in two-thirds of its network by the end of 2011. By contrast, the iPhone 4S that Verizon and Sprint will get will only connect to their normal 3G network with between 600 kbps and 1.4 Mbps download speeds and between 500 and 800 Kbps for upload speeds. However, wireless customers still rank AT&T as the least reliable wireless network. Plus Sprint will give its iPhone 4S customers an unlimited data plan, something that Verizon and AT&T no longer offer.

Verizon has been expanding its own faster network, based on the LTE standard, for the past year. It currently offers those speeds over half of its 3G network and should cover all of it by the end of 2013. AT&T has just started launching its own LTE network in a few cities and Sprint is expected to launch its own LTE network in 2012. It's likely that the next version of the iPhone will add support for these faster networks.

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Well technically speaking. However, dependin on where you live, speed in name means nothing.

I bet my speed on Verizon CDMA is faster than ATT where I live. I know because I use an iPhone 4 together at the same time to do the exact same things and my Verizon phone was always faster and more reliable.

Just because your can do 200mph and mine can only do 120mph, doesn't mean I can't be faster than you under certain circumstances.

ATT and Verzion are networks. Network speed is based on usage. if you live in a heavily populated area and I don't, you having a faster network means nothing.

Its going to be awkward for AT&T telling its customers no it's not a "4G" iPhone but yes it is as fast or faster then the other 4G phones we sell. Also AT&T's 4G LTE network won't be compatible with your Samsung Infuse 4G... better luck next time.

I am on Wifi all the time I don't even data at all. People don't care about speed as much as network coverage and that is my point.

Doesn't really matter Verizon has much better network then AT&T for Voice calls and That's what people care about.

Most people buying the iPhone i'd say cares more about data than voice, that's my opinion however and I could be wrong. If anything, the iPhone isn't the best "phone" irregardless of whatever network it's on.

Melfster said,
Doesn't really matter Verizon has much better network then AT&T for Voice calls and That's what people care about.

I spend much more time doing email, chatting and other things on my phone then I do on calls.

SHoTTa35 said,
Most people buying the iPhone i'd say cares more about data than voice, that's my opinion however and I could be wrong. If anything, the iPhone isn't the best "phone" irregardless of whatever network it's on.
Not true. I recently switched back from AT&T to Verizon Wireless due 2 the following reasons: 1. Although I had a decent AT&T signal at home due 2 a AT&T Cell Phone Tower nearby, as soon as I got into my car and got on the road, I would often be driving through areas with absolutely zero cell phone coverage, voice, text, and data would all disappear, not very good if I were to get into a car accident, have a car break down like a flat tire or something like that! 2. I like my Brand New Verizon IPhone 4 a whole lot better than I liked my AT&T IPhone 3GS. 3. When my other Verizon line comes up 4 renewal in April (I was a former Verizon Customer who never canceled my old contracts) then I can finally get the IPhone 4S after all of the bugs are worked out and after the initial rush to get the phone is over. Just FYI.

SHoTTa35 said,
Most people buying the iPhone i'd say cares more about data than voice, that's my opinion however and I could be wrong. If anything, the iPhone isn't the best "phone" irregardless of whatever network it's on.

Using the nonexistant word irregardless makes people sound dumb, that is just my opinion however.

Never understood the speed thing. That just means you are getting to your data cap faster. Unless you have unlimited, and then you'll be throttled.

ccoltmanm said,
Never understood the speed thing. That just means you are getting to your data cap faster. Unless you have unlimited, and then you'll be throttled.

True - unless you don't use that much data per say but when you do you want to do what you gotta do and move on. Maybe you need to look up some directions or for a phone number, those don't need that much data but you do need it "fast" in some situations.

Frazell Thomas said,
It will be CDMA EVDO Rev. A. isn't as fast as HSDPA+
The iPhone 4S doesn't support Rev B? Sprint is rolling out Rev B, figured they might have put that in the 4S

Frazell Thomas said,
It will be CDMA EVDO Rev. A. isn't as fast as HSDPA+
Well technically speaking. However, dependin on where you live, speed in name means nothing.

I bet my speed on Verizon CDMA is faster than ATT where I live. I know because I use an iPhone 4 together at the same time to do the exact same things and my Verizon phone was always faster and more reliable.

Just because your can do 200mph and mine can only do 120mph, doesn't mean I can't be faster than you under certain circumstances.

ATT and Verzion are networks. Network speed is based on usage. if you live in a heavily populated area and I don't, you having a faster network means nothing.

TechieXP said,
Well technically speaking. However, dependin on where you live, speed in name means nothing.

I bet my speed on Verizon CDMA is faster than ATT where I live. I know because I use an iPhone 4 together at the same time to do the exact same things and my Verizon phone was always faster and more reliable.

Just because your can do 200mph and mine can only do 120mph, doesn't mean I can't be faster than you under certain circumstances.

ATT and Verzion are networks. Network speed is based on usage. if you live in a heavily populated area and I don't, you having a faster network means nothing.

Of course, real world performance will vary based on a variety of factors, including location.