When Apple first introduced the iPhone to Verizon, the response was overwhelmingly positive. AT&T, previously the only carrier for the iPhone had developed a very poor reputation for reliability; horror stories detailed how AT&T would constantly drop calls and had the ability to turn even simple conversations into harrowing nightmares. Hence, when Verizon became the latest iPhone partner at the time, people were celebrating the forthcoming of stable phone calls and better user experience. However, something they forgot to mention was that it also meant poor data transfer rates. The thing with Verizon is that it has an excellent reputation for voice quality and it does have an awesome 4G LTE network, but the iPhone 4S does not run on it.
The iPhone 4S has been designed to run on 3G networks, which are already beginning to look a bit dated. Verizon’s 3G networks are not as good as those of AT&T and while it can still provide excellent voice quality, the bandwidth speeds are comparatively very low. This means that if you are looking to browse the Internet a lot with the iPhone, you are going to have a poorer experience than what you might have on AT&T. Moreover, this also means that Verizon users will be unable to make voice calls and stay online at the same time; a feature that AT&T advertises with pride.
Some preliminary speed tests that have been tested in completely unscientific manner, go to show that how much better AT&T is with regards to data transfer. The AT&T iPhone 4S managed to achieve a 5.17 Mbps download speed and a 1.11 Mbps upload speed. Meanwhile the Verizon iPhone only managed to get a .74 Mbps download speed and .58 Mbps upload speed. AT&T’s performance is poorer than what you can find on the Verizon 4G LTE network but in the case of the iPhone that is beside the point. Thus, those who want to use the iPhone to manage every aspect of their online entertainment and socialization might want to opt for AT&T. Meanwhile, those who put a premium on voice calls should stick to Verizon. Hopefully, the next iPhone will actually be able to run on the 4G network.