updated 07:30 pm EST, Tue February 15, 2011
Performance not affected by rush of new users
Tests gauging the performance of Verizon's network just before and just after the official availability of the iPhone 4 show that the network has been able to handle the rush of new users with no real change in performance quality, GigaOm reports. Citing research from web application performance firm Compuware Gomez, an esimtated 500,000 to 700,000 new users were added to the system in the days following the iPhone 4 launch, but the firm says there was no noticeable degradation on the network, measuring only a four-tenths of one percent drop in network averages.
The iPhone 4's numbers continue to climb post-launch, with Chitika Insights now reporting that the Verizon iPhone commands 4.4 percent of iPhone traffic, up from three percent just a few days ago. With an estimated 15 million active iPhones in the US, each percentage point represents 150,000 users.
Although Verizon's network so far seem better able to cope with the influx of new users, it should be noted that Verizon's 3G data speed is half that of AT&T's, that the company uses throttling techniques to manage traffic, and that some of the new users are customers in areas that have not had widespread access to the iPhone before, such as in parts of the upper midwest and western US -- factors that may have helped mitigate Verizon's performance. [via GigaOm]