Sprint: Make Your iPhone 4G

Posted on March 20, 2010 by

Sprint features an iPhone in a new commercial for their Overdrive 4G Mobile Hotspot.  They claim it will give you speeds of up to 10 times faster than AT&T’s 3G.  This is not true in any way.  They even lie in the small print at the bottom of the screen, it says:

Based on Download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 Kbps vs 4G’s 6 Mbps.  Industry avg. 3G speeds (600 Kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may very.

This statement in itself is not a lie, but the commercial would make you believe that they are referring to AT&T’s average 3G speeds, when in fact it is an average of all the network’s 3G speeds, including Sprint’s slow 3G network.  AT&T’s average download speed is 1.4 Mbps (PCWorld).  I just ran my own AT&T 3G speed test and downloaded at 2.4 Mbps.  Sometimes I get speeds of over 3 Mbps, which is the same speed as Sprint’s 4G network sometimes gets.  And Sprint’s 4G network isn’t even available in my area, so AT&T wins anyway.

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