CES Operator Winners & Losers

3:20 PM -- Anyone who has been to International CES knows that just because it's a devices and wireless show doesn't mean you're going to have a good cellular experience. In fact, your best bet is typically to communicate via carrier pigeon, because your cell phone won't work.

Well, that depends on what carrier you use. Not a single one was perfect, but some could hang in Vegas better than others, according to data on the big four collected by mobile performance measurement company RootMetrics.

And the winners are:
  • Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) for fastest 4G service, with WiMax speeds two to 10 times faster than 3G, and for the most reliable 4G network
  • T-Mobile US Inc. for fastest 3G service, even without an HSPA+ handset
  • Verizon Wireless for most reliable 3G network -- by a long shot, Root says

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was unsurprisingly not a winner in any category, but Root points out that it didn’t give them a break for having a larger data load courtesy of the iPhone.

Next year's CES could be a different story when the iPhone traffic is shared with Verizon -- or if the LVCC finally offers up reliable Wi-Fi.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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