Slackers? How? I would say AT&T has been busting their humps.
That doesn't seem all that astounding to me.
Can't say ATT doesn't have the money to build out HSPA+ 21mbps & LTE beyond that, they have well over 90m customers, so they definetly have boatloads of money. They just aren't doing the same things with their revenues that Verizon is. At least Verizon is taking care of their customers NOW!!! RIGHT NOW I am getting 10/15/20+mbps on my Samsung Droid Charge, NOW, not 2014.
These things go back and fourth and have more to do with the technology choices that were made years ago than anything else.
Max speed of 1.5mbps, ATT was about the same. I can say that vecause I was a customer of ATT for 8yrs up until March of last year.
Verizon decided EVDO Rev B was too expensive or something, so they took the past of LTE.
But GSM's HSPA has a much longer upgrade path, proven by Tmo deploying GSPA+ 42, well above ATTs lazy HSPA 14.
The 4G standard qualcom (cdma) offered up was called UMB (ultra mobile broadband) which was abandoned because of it's inferiority to LTE.
UMTS/HSPA does have a very long upgrade path, if I was at&t I would have waited a much longer on LTE deployment and deployed many more releases of HSPA. LTE will take networks further as it evolves but HSPA would have been competitive for years. It is very cheep to deploy new releases over an existing system. HSPA release 11 supports a downlink of 672 mbps.
LTE is a GSM standard too by the way. A...
EDGE is not faster than EVDO.
AT&T came in 3rd in the last PC World wireless performance test.
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Enhance fiber backhaul is required for LTE deployment so Verizon has been installing it across their network even months before the their first test markets went live.
AT&T's network doesn't suck, I would say in overall terms it's the second best behind Verizon, but Verizon just happens to be in a better network position at the moment.
It doesn't suck, but I'm a student at college and when every third person that is within a square mile of you has an iPhone, the network tends to be crippled... meanwhile, my friend who happens to have a Verizon USB stick on her computer is streaming Netflix without a problem. Cuz of course the school Wi-Fi is worse than any cell network that covers us.
Got the same problem, ATT is our companies cellular provider. So they've got antennas inside the building. But come break/lunch time the network slows down because everyone's using ATT. Verizon guys, no problem.