For a while now, Cingular’s been using the whole “fewest dropped calls” schtick, but just like their product launches, they seemed to muck that up, too (I’ll stop the bashing soon enough, don’t worry). A recent survey put on by mindWireless used its database of call data to research the facts of who really has the fewest dropped calls. Cingular customers already know that they’re not at the top of the list, but who is?
Using a sample of more than 80 million calls placed and received between January 1, 2006 and June 30, 2006, mindWireless found Sprint, followed by Cingular’s legacy AT&T Wireless to have the fewest number of dropped calls, nearly 50 percent behind Verizon, the carrier claiming the best, most reliable network.
Geographic location, topography and population size are all variables in the performance of a wireless network. An independent services provider with no carrier alliances, mindWireless defined a dropped or “duplicate call” as a call from a cellular device to another wireless device or landline placed within two minutes of a prior call to the same destination, with no call between. Additionally, calls to self (voicemail) & Nextel push-to-talk calls were excluded