Many of Sprint’s users have been complaining about slow data speeds since the iPhone 4S launch last Friday.
According to PCMag, Sprint has released an official statement denying that the iPhone 4S has had a negative impact on its network.
We took a look at 3G speeds between AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and one thing was clear: Sprint’s speeds were the lowest by far. Their users have been complaining about slow speeds since Friday, and PCMag says that this network performance also held true for their Android phones. The notion that a new iPhone launch could bring a network to its knees isn’t new at all; this is precisely what happened to AT&T with the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, so it’s plausible that the same thing could be happening to Sprint.
Sprint, however, rejects this idea.
As always, Sprint is carefully monitoring the performance of the 3G network. We are looking into a small number of reports of slow data speeds when using the iPhone 4S, however there are also reports showing that Sprint’s network is the fastest, such as the Gizmodo report that came out earlier today.
The statement references a Gizmodo report, which is likely the Great iPhone National Network Test. However, Gizmodo’s test page shows that Sprint is definitely on the slower end of things. The test has also been tarnished by Wi-Fi-enabled submissions, a practice that renders many of the statistics inaccurate unless those contributions are removed.
Sprint also highlighted that there are many variables are at play in speed test results that can render them unrepresentative of the whole picture. Among these, the carrier cited weather, time of day, particular device model, and proximity to a cell tower. The company also assured its customers that it will look into these claims and “resolve any issues that may arise.”
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