Sprint has been taking a lot of heat regarding their performance in speed tests as compared to Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4S handsets in some locations. They are working with Apple to find a solution to that problem which may be more incremental than a one time fix to correct the performance issues. If we assume that it is incremental and by location, it is starting to look like Sprint is making selected changes and there has been some talk in forums that things are getting better.
The first unofficial speed test had Sprint in last on everyone of the test and it has been almost 3 weeks since those were done and one wonders with the ongoing work that Apple and Sprint are doing whether things are getting any better. Yesterday, CNet put out an article testing the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S to see what the difference in performance is between the two for data performance. In their unscientific testing, the iPhone 4 performed better than the iPhone 4S in two locations. That is not a good thing given that it has a dual core chip. But that is not the bigger story here.
As part of the story, they performed tests on the iPhone 4S for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The test above was done on AT&T for the comparison, but for the other carriers it was done just to compare the iPhone 4S. In this testing, Sprint’s iPhone 4S beat out AT&T’s iPhone 4S in one location being the CNet offices. So Sprint is not the slowest in all the test. In the other two locations, it was slower than the AT&T iPhone 4S.
As for Verizon, Sprint beat out their iPhone in two other locations, Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf of San Francisco. Given that Verizon is normally the stronger wireless network in the bay area, Sprint is doing extremely well on this test. Over all, Sprint placed behind AT&T and ahead of Verizon on download speeds. For upload speeds they also placed in the middle.
Given this unscientific test, Sprint looks to be turning the corner on their performance problems, but still has a ways to go.