Well, 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:
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?