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This article was published on December 8, 2009

    AT&T Has Fastest 3G – If You Can Find It

    AT&T Has Fastest 3G – If You Can Find It
    Alex Wilhelm
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    Alex Wilhelm

    Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected] Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected]

    att-logoWell, turns out AT&T is not total arse: it is fast in some areas. According to a study by Root Wireless, AT&T has the fastest 3G in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

    Of course, to make it plain: Verizon does have more total 3G coverage. How much? Well, you remember the map that started it all. If not, 3G coverage in the US looks like this:

    verizon-vs-atandt

    Not to be overly grumpy (as a current AT&T customer), but that map makes the point of having slighty faster coverage a bit meaningless. Especially in areas of hot iPhone usage, when the wireless tubes to tend to clog.

    So, game on AT&T, you beat everyone (Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) at one metric. All I ask is that you stop dropping my calls, or I am going to drop my $120 a month iPhone plan and snag a Droid when my contract expires. According to the survey, Verizon gets 295 Kpbs in Chicago, that is enough for me.

    Can you hear me now?