When it comes to wireless carriers and wireless data one might think that AT&T transmits to largest amount of wireless data. Well if this is the case then you might find the results of a recent study published by ABI Research to be quite interesting. According to their study ABI Research says Verizon is actually the largest provider of wireless data with Sprint coming in second also beating out AT&T.
The two companies, Verizon and Sprint, combined to handle 63% of all wireless data in 2009. This 63% equates to 16 billion MB more data than AT&T. ABI claims these numbers have more to do with AT&T’s smaller 3G coverage and the prevalence of data cards on the two EV-DO networks. However, ABI is predicting that AT&T will be able to overtake Sprint by 2012.
The recent findings of this study by ABI Research are pretty interesting. Like many others I would have expected AT&T to lead the way in wireless data sent with the iPhone and growing list of smartphones that they offer. Apparently the type of coverage a network can provide can have a huge impact on the amount data that is transmitted via their network. As we all know AT&T’s network can be unreliable at times so it would make perfect sense that Verizon and Sprint would be able to send more data through their network.
With plans already under way to improve their wireless network AT&T is taking to necessary steps when it comes to having a leading wireless network. When all of these changes are in place I expect AT&T’s wireless data numbers to increase substantially as they are likely to attract new unlocked cell phone customers with a better cell phone network.