PC World’s 3G comparison tests provide added support that Sprint operates America’s most dependable 3G network.
Sprint beat AT&T in every market tested
To read the entire PC World survey story, visit http://www.pcworld.com/article/167391/a_day_in_the_life_of_3g.html
Actually, the ONLY thing that the study proved was that Sprint's network has room for more users...that's really all. It didn't once prove that it was faster than AT&T's network...only that AT&T's network wasn't as reliable. If I can get 7Mbps on AT&T for only 2 minutes, or 2Mbps on Sprint's EVDO constantly, then I'd probably opt for AT&T as well. After all, 7Mbps is 3.5x faster than Sprint's EVDO...even at rev A speeds.
As for the west, it's no surprise since Sprint has the largest 3G footprint in the west. AT&T barely has any coverage there. AT&T's mostly, south, midwest, and entire eastern seaboard. Notice Sprint didn't ever beat AT&T nor Verizon in speed other than in Frisco. Hmmm...it's almost like comparing Nextel's iDEN to T-Mobile. iDEN may be far more reliable, but T-Mobile delivers faster speeds...so where would you go?
Most people have already made that decision: they sign up with ANYONE except Sprint.
My first requirement is reliability/availability.
Who really cares if a service is "faster" if the service doesn't exist where you are?
I concur that Sprint's network reliability/availability in the Seattle area burns the other major carriers right down to their socks.
It's one of the major reasons I'm on Sprint, not some other carrier.