Performance as of Feb 4, 2006 ____________________________________________________________ Sprint Performance Entries: 122 Average: 774Kbps Median: 746Kbps Peak: 1868Kbps >1Mbps: 27% >600Kbps: 64% <400Kbps: 17% Verizon Performance Entries: 159 Average: 594Kbps Median: 610Kbps Peak: 1976Kbps >1Mbps: 7% >600Kbps: 51% <400Kbps: 24% Performance results from..... Verizon: http://www.broadbandreports.com/archive/myvzw.com Sprint: http://www.broadbandreports.com/archive/spcsdns.net To test yourself... http://speedtest.frontiernet.net/ Perfermance Methodology: Filtered out are unrealistic results (dl over 2Mbps and ul over 200K) and multiple entries by zipcode within a few hours. For duplicate zips near same time, the highest speed was kept. This should give more realistic averages and factor out people who test multiple times in a row. These are all entries that have over 130Kbit/sec. The assumption is, if under 130K, it might have been a 1xRTT connection. Sprint EVDO Coverage claimed: 150m+ population (dec), 110+ distinct markets (jan), expansion to 260m in 2007. EVDO Coverage Map Verizon EVDO Coverage claimed: 150m+ population (dec), 70+ distinct markets (jan), no source on expansion plans. . EVDO Coverage Map - select Vcast Sprint EVDO Terms of Service: No specific restrictions other than unlawful or excessive abuse. Sprint actually promotes streaming video and online game use. Verizon EVDO Terms of Service: Not allowed... Legal streaming music/movies/radio, VoIP, online games among other things. Sprint EVDO Rates: Laptop cards $60-$80/month. PowerVision phones start at $15/month, includes unlimited data/browsing within phone. USB tethering to laptop officially available on all PowerVision phones with two plan options - $25/month for 40MB with per KB charge that caps to $70/month OR (new) $40/month unlimited flat charge. Verizon EVDO Rates: Laptop cards $60-$80/month. VCast phones start at $15/month, includes unlimited data/browsing within phone. USB tethering to laptop officially available on new BlackBerry EVDO phone and some VCast phones. $60/month unlimited flat charge. Sprint Key Points: - More markets have EVDO, especially <1.5 million; large expansion plan to 100% of network - Avg performance currently higher - Lower priced EVDO USB/Bluetooth phone tethering - Almost entirely unrestricted Terms of Service - EVDO built in some Panasonic Toughbooks - Free EVDO laptop cards til April 1 '06 - Sprint support monitors/responds on evdoforums.com - Sprint's first level support is often poor, go direct to Tier 2 data group - 1.866.818.1944 Verizon Key Points: - Can roam slower 1xRTT data on some partners - May have broader coverage on outskirts of some larger metro areas - Official Mac support for some laptops - EVDO built in some IBM/HP laptops - Call-in customer support generally considered better Voice and 1xRTT Networks: According to the Sprint/Nextel FCC application in 2005, Sprint had over 24,000 cell sites and will be adding 14,000 more on Nextel sites by 2008, adding 1000 for end of 2005. According to this in Feb 2006, Verizon had "over 24,000" cell sites. This suggests Verizon had 22,000 and Sprint had 25,000 sites in Aug 2005. Verizon claims to reach over 250 million population with native network. Sprint claims to reach over 250 million population with native network and 268 million combined with Nextel sites. Both Sprint and Verizon claim to reach over 290 million with roaming.