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  • Sprint's iPhone 5 Comes Out on Top in iPhone Call Quality Test


    A recent unscientific examination (conducted by Scott Stein of CNET) of the iPhone 5 audio quality between the top three U.S. wireless carriers resulted in Sprintís version of the iPhone 5 having the best call quality compared to its AT&T and Verizon counterparts. As mentioned before, the test was subjective and conducted by a reporter so the results may vary but itís still an interesting thing to read about.

    The test conducted was just a reporter phoning San Francisco from a New York street corner in New York and comparing voice mail recordings using all three iPhone 5 carrier models and iPhone 4S models as well. Not the best way to receive measurable results but a test nonetheless.

    The results were all from an individual case and donít reflect nationwide performance, which may vary due to several factors. The reporter tested both the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 in this case and as one may guess, the recordings clearly indicated the difference between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, with the legacy model coming in a bit mushy coupled with noticeable background noise.

    Out of the iPhone 5 models, the worst one was AT&Tís version of Appleís sixth-generation handset, with the noise canceling feature being somewhat effective but background noise leaking through. Out of the top three wireless carriers in the nation, AT&Tís version apparently exhibited some ďgraininessĒ and sounded the most compressed. Verizonís version was a bit more clear and less background noise came in when compared to the AT&T unit, however a closer listen revealed minor hissing and popping. Sprintís iteration was the clear winner with the reporterís voice coming in with richness and a level of clarity that no other carriers seemed to match. Ambient sound was a non-factor and the transmission was clean (no hisses no pops).

    While Apple released an iPhone 5 for all networks, two of which are compatible with the two different wireless technologies deployed in the U.S. (CDMA and GSM), the quick test illustrates the importance of a providerís network when it comes to call quality. For those of you who didn't already know, AT&Tís iteration uses GSM technology while the Sprint and Verizon iterations operate on CDMA networks but also have GSM capabilities, with all three supporting 4G LTE (albeit on different networks).

    For those of you who have tried the iPhone on multiple networks, have you noticed any differences?

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint's iPhone 5 Comes Out on Top in iPhone Call Quality Test started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. lewkskywalker's Avatar
      lewkskywalker -
      I neglected to mention that we have a 22 line business plan with sprint so I cannot drop them.

      I do not pay for my phones, nor my service.

      I love apple and the iPhone, but I am "stuck" with sprint for all intents and purposes.

      Is there going to be a "fix" for this issue?
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by lewkskywalker View Post
      I neglected to mention that we have a 22 line business plan with sprint so I cannot drop them.

      I do not pay for my phones, nor my service.

      I love apple and the iPhone, but I am "stuck" with sprint for all intents and purposes.

      Is there going to be a "fix" for this issue?
      How could one be 'stuck' with a carrier? This is the world of free commerce. The other carriers would stand in LINE to get your business - and give you WAY greater service I'll bet. What does it mean to be 'stuck'? You can always break contract and pay a fee - unless that fee would break the bank. Please elaborate. My small business (16 phones) has changed carriers twice in 4 years when bad service was given us.. The contract break fee was a little steep - but worth it for better service..
    1. lewkskywalker's Avatar
      lewkskywalker -
      It means that I am just an employee and I do not call the shots when choosing a wireless provider.

      The good news is we can upgrade whenever we want and only pay the promotional price. The company absorbs the upgrade cost too so I can have any sprint phone, whenever I want for free.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by lewkskywalker View Post
      It means that I am just an employee and I do not call the shots when choosing a wireless provider.

      The good news is we can upgrade whenever we want and only pay the promotional price. The company absorbs the upgrade cost too so I can have any sprint phone, whenever I want for free.
      Oo that's nice. I give something similar to my folks - but not 'whenever' they want. Once a year. Ok.. So you're an employee. But I did my homework before I got us AT&T. I bought three different phones from the three major carriers and carried them around for three weeks to check signal strength and data, etc. AT&T won hands down. This was before LTE, of course.
    1. lewkskywalker's Avatar
      lewkskywalker -
      Has anyone heard of a solution to the sprint IPhone 5 data problem?
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lewkskywalker View Post
      Has anyone heard of a solution to the sprint IPhone 5 data problem?
      Yeah upgrade their data coverage.
    1. lewkskywalker's Avatar
      lewkskywalker -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Yeah upgrade their data coverage.
      From what I read here on mmi recently, it seems to be a bug related to activation. I so, upgrading the network - while beneficial in other ways - would not directly help or solve this issue.

      See this thread:

      http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-news/814135-sprint-iphone-5-bug-potentially-affecting-thousands-users-prevents-data-use.html#post6701427

      If this is really the case, perhaps one of the techies on here knows how to work around this?

      Thanks so much... I have a wifi only IPhone 5 for now. Haha
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I was kidding bro
      Not sure how to go about it