EVDO update – Sprint vs Verizon

I’ve had some time to play with the EVDO options out there – I ended up getting a Sprint card in addition to the Verizon one I had as well. The Sprint card is a Novatel Wireless EX720, and I have the usual 5GB monthly plan.

Both Verizon and Sprint have similar UI’s for their management applications.  I like Verizon’s statistics graphing capabilities, but I much prefer the Sprint application for everything else – it seems to be better adapted to deal with Windows Vista.

The actual service is far better on the Sprint network than Verizon.  Based on my testing thus far, here’s some comparisons:

Latency: 138ms
Download: 756Kbps
Upload: 182Kbps

Latency: 101ms
Download: 1094Kbps
Upload: 435Kbps

This is from the same location, the same night.  The Verizon towers seem to be pretty consistently slower than Sprint.  I’ll do some additional testing over the next week or two to see if things stay the same.  Thus far, I’m going to stay with Sprint.

About Steve Mitchell

I live in Seattle, WA and love sailing, technology, & playing and composing music. I started playing the piano when I was 3, and ended up figuring out many other instruments along the way. I’m an avid sailor and have a 2000 Beneteau 311 named Grace, and sail it whenever and wherever I can.

  • one thing you aren’t telling us, is what signal is being received by both devices at the time you are testing speeds.maybe you *want* to know which device/service works best with just built in antennas, but it seems like you want to know which service has best speeds in your area… and signal can seriously affect speeds.if you want to pass judgement on speed alone, take signal out of the equation by sitting under the respective towers.and if signal *IS* the reason one carrier’s speeds are affected where you are, then keep in mind that every Rev-A device from Sprint and Verizon have RF jacks to accept high gain antennas and even signal amplifiers.here’s a good article for folks to read: http://www.EVDOinfo.com/RSSI——————————————————————–the EVDO Exerts are at http://www.EVDOinfo.com

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