Monday, November 22, 2010

Who has the fastest 3G/4G network in the US.?

Who has the fastest 3G wireless data mobile service in the US?

Having used all four networks, like most, I favor T Mobile because they actually provide speeds up to 4mpbs on any of their Android handsets or a lot better (up to 10mbps on the G2!).

Vibrant Speed on T Mobile

Sprint comes in second with a top speed of 4Mbps with its WiMax.  Provided it doesn't rain or snow. Because their "pipes" that they boast so much, barely work if the front end doesn't work.  WiMax is very susceptible to interference by snow or rain.

Price wise, T Mobile offers the best deal as for 70 dollars if offers all that Sprint does plus landline calling, that Sprint imposes harsh limits on.

Both these networks work great in Metro areas but nowhere else.  Do have to give Sprint an edge for better speeds on interstates, though by next year T Mobile promises to double the speeds and provide these in rural areas as well.  We shall have to wait and see if they deliver what they promised.

The other advantage that Sprint users have, is that they can get unlimited usage for 10 dollars more.  T Mobile should take notice of this.  No restrictions!

Verizon doesn't have the fastest network, even if they have LTE in a very limited amount of markets.  There are no handsets available to use it.  Regardless, they do provide the most consistent service through out the continental US, even in remote areas.  This is their best asset until T Mob delivers on their promise. If you work in rural areas, this is your best option at the highest price.

Then we have ATT,  their rocket dongles barely reach 400kbps, iPhones will sometimes reach 1.2mbps.  and they overcharge you for every service, remember your early termination contract?  or if you exceed your monthly quota?.  They state they have HSPA+, though I have yet to see any device of theirs exceed 1.2mbps.  Even if they actually delivered HSPA+ 14.4mpbs which is slower than T Mobs HSPA+ 21mbps.  Their network doesn't actually provide this service to their users. They state they have the fastest mobile broadband network in the Nation, I have never seen any of their devices cross 5mbps, that T Mobile does, or 4mpbs that Sprint does.   Of all service providers, this is the one that offers the least, yet charges the most.   You are better off with any other choice.

Do any of these providers offer 4G, the answer is no.  The one that comes closest though is TMobile as they actually proivde 21mpbs  which is closer to the 100mbps requirement for this definition in Wikipedia.  Does Sprint qualify, no it doesn't, cause it doesn't come even close to it.  Does Verizon LTE qualify, if it worked, it would not fit ITU's definition of Wifi.  The day any of these providers offer 100mbps download on your phone with voice and data simultaneously available providing ipV6 standards, we can start talking about 4G.  Until then, they all are something above 3.5G and less than 4G, with the exception of ATT who's HSPA+ network (14.4mbps) is 3.5G the slowest and most outdated of them all.

Please vote below and add your comments.  If possible provide a link to your speedtest and don't use Wifi as its clearly visible within Speedtest if you do, the provider is clearly shown.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Android will have more Apps than iPhone by Jan 2011

On July 7th, AndroLib reports that Android has over 82,000 applications (61.9% Free) while Apple comfortable lead with 226,782 active apps reported by with Apple having a significant jump this past month.

Though, when you analyze the underlying data, using a logarithmic curve to account for  exponential growth, an interesting trend shows up (observe the graph on the right).   Projection show that Android stands to overtake iPhone in number of Apps, sometime in January if the trends continue as they have the past year.
Apple has four times as many developers compared to Android.  Interesting to note that Google and Android developers seem to be more productive than Apple developers.

Indeed, in order to obtain the quality seen in iPhone applications, more time is required. Though the observed productivity difference can't just be attributed to this fact.

It would be interesting to determine if  Apple's approval process may be the reason why productivity between both camps is considerably different.

Either way, Android will most likely overtake iPhone Applications some time in 2011.  This coupled with the issues observed by some with Apple 4G has taken luster away from Apple's main source of revenue.

Apple decided to barely matched Android features this year, instead it opted to provide others like retina display and a limited version of multitasking.  This may become a critical issue down the road, specially when Apple fans suggest Android features are a main part of their wish list.

Apple is facing tough competition from Android on many fronts:
  • Innovation 
  • Applications
  • Quality
  • Security
and it should address concerns of its fan based or it risks loosing the market share and stronghold it once held.