2/19/2011

Look no further, the world’s fastest iPhones are in Israel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Ookla Net Metrics’ free network speed test speedtest.net is so widely used that even the federal government has recognized it as a reliable tool for measuring wireless network conditions. Friday, the company published results of some 57,000 user-initiated iPhone speedtests in the U.S., which showed users on the AT&T network getting average speeds substantially higher than iPhone users on Verizon Wireless.

After publishing the data, the story got some good coverage pitting iPhone against iPhone. But it should have come as no surprise to anyone who knows wireless technologies that HSPA was faster than EV-DO rev. A. On paper, HSPA’s theoretical max speed is 7.2 Mbps, and EV-DO rev. A’s is only 3.1 Mbps. It’s pretty widely accepted.

Later in the day, though, Ookla’s Co-Founder Doug Suttles released a much broader list, one that included every wireless carrier in the world where more than 100 users tested their iPhone speeds. With this list, Ookla revealed where the fastest iPhone in the world can be found.

With an average downlink speed of 3331 Kbps and an average uplink speed of 1278 Kbps, Israel’s Pelephone really lived up to its name (in Hebrew, literally “Wonderphone”) and had the highest average iPhone speeds of 104 international wireless carriers.

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