By now it’s pretty well known that ATT iPhones drop as many as a third of all calls, and that even Apple themselves admits that. But how do the Verizon iPhones do in the dropped call department? Does they drop as many calls as their ATT counterparts? A new study, the Verizon iPhone does substantially better in the dropped calls department.
According to ChangeWave, a somewhat elusive organization that bills itself as offering “advisory services based on consumer spending behavior and corporate trends”, in a poll of more than 4,000 smartphone users, Verizon and AT&T iPhone users self-reported dropped-call rates that worked out to AT&T iPhone users experiencing as many as 2 1/2 times as many dropped calls as the Verizon iPhone users.
According to ChangeWave’s research, to the question “Over the past 90 days, how often have you experienced a dropped call on your iPhone 4”, Verizon iPhone users reported dropped calls at a rate of slightly under 2% (1.8%) while AT&T iPhone users reported having dropped calls at a rate of 4.8%.
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Not bad reception, not a call not going through – but dropped calls – where you are having a conversation, and it is suddenly dropped.
By contrast, in the period of time going back as far as we can remember, with our T-Mobile Android phones, we have never had a dropped call. Not once. Although apparently we are lucky in that regard, as when ChangeWave asked all smartphone users (not just iPhone users) about dropped calls, T-Mobile users reported dropped calls at 2.3% (Verizon came in at an impressive 1.4%, and Sprint at 2.7%, while AT&T had a dropped call rate nearly twice the closest competitor, at 4.6%).
When looking at these numbers for dropped iPhone calls, however, ChangeWave points out that it’s important to keep in mind that “Verizon is still in the early stages of its iPhone 4 offering to consumers. It remains to be seen how well the Verizon network performs as the number of Verizon iPhone 4 owners ramps up and inevitably puts more pressure on their system.”
Want to keep track of your dropped calls? There’s an app for that.
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