DALLAS, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* wireless customers are getting a combination of ultra-fast mobile Internet service and value. PCWorld/TechHive today ranked AT&T's as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested. The website also said wireless customers in those cities are most likely to get the "most bang" for their buck from AT&T.
The combined 3G and 4G network award today builds on PCWorld/TechHive's announcement yesterday that AT&T's 4G LTE network was ranked fastest of all major wireless carriers by PCWorld/TechHive in speed tests in 20 U.S. markets. In today's follow-up report, PCWorld/TechHive ranked AT&T highest in overall speed and pricing value for LTE service.**
AT&T has built the nation's largest 4G network covering more than 292 million people and its customers are able to enjoy widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G speeds on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas on AT&T 4G HSPA+. With some competitors, smartphone customers may fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.
Wireless customers depend on their smartphones to manage their busy lives, and AT&T offers a network experience built for speed. PCWorld/TechHive reports AT&T users moving from 4G LTE to HSPA+ coverage don't experience a significant speed drop-off, as is the case with the next highest ranked carrier.
PCWorld/TechHive also reported that AT&T wireless customers get the most megabytes per second of data throughput for the money. The pricing and value ranking was based on each carrier's most cost-effective service plans that offer unlimited phone, texts and at least 4 Gb of mobile Internet use per month.
AT&T also outpaced the competition last year in PCWorld/TechHive's 2012 wireless Internet speed tests, having delivered faster download speeds than any other national carrier in 13 cities tested. Speed is the name of the game for mobile Internet service, as customers are taking advantage of smartphones and apps to help manage their busy lives. In this year's PCWorld/TechHive report, AT&T led the speed tests with an average download speed of 13.15 mbps and an average upload speed of 6.45 mbps.
The AT&T 4G LTE network has also been recognized for speed and performance by other third-party testing firms. AT&T 4G LTE is available in 228 markets and covers more than 200 million people. Improving the wireless network continues to be a priority for AT&T.
Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into operations, more than any other public company in the U.S.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere. Learn more at att.com/network.
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