Sprint Takes The Fight Head On
Last week BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk and a team conducted tests in New York pitting Verizon's new 4G LTE network against Sprint's 4G. The results showed 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up for Verizon while Sprint only had 1Mbps down and up. This is a problem for Sprint because anyone reading those findings could switch to Verizon from Sprint, if they hadn't already. Not wanting to lose any business, Sprint sent BGR a response stating what now seems obvious: Verizon only has one phone on the network.
The full response from Sprint is listed below. Basically, the Verizon network is too new and has too few users on it for these tests to be accurate. If the numbers remain the same after a long period of time then Sprint will be in trouble. Until then, these tests are inaccurate and don't fully grasp the entire situation.
Sprint Responds to Faster Verizon 4G Tests
In a word, we find these tests inaccurate.
We work closely with an independent third party research company which reports regularly to us on real-world, scientifically tested speeds and the results we see do not match what Piecyk found. We've recently seen speeds in NYC (inclusive of New Jersey) averaging 4-5Mbps download.
The Verizon 4G LTE network is very new so no one has any fully time-tested data on it yet. As their network gets loaded and more than just one smartphone comes forward on their network, we can better assess its capabilities. In the early days of 4G for Sprint, we saw some very high speed numbers when the Network was launched (much higher than our current speed claims) but what ultimately matters to customers is a consistent, long-standing experience based on a network loaded with customers.
While speed tests will come and go, Sprint continues to offer consumers a dependable 4G network, more 4G devices and a better 4G value - with the only truly unlimited 4G - and we will continue to invest in expanding and enhancing Sprint 4G.