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02/18/2011 03:35 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

AT&T iPhone vs. Verizon iPhone Speed Test: Which Is Faster?

Verizon customers spent months waiting for Apple's iPhone to become available on "Big Red's" network, and now that it's here, they're still waiting: according to new research from Ookla, transfer rates on AT&T's iPhone are about twice as fast as they are on the Verizon iPhone.

Wired describes the findings from Ookla's speed test:

The AT&T iPhone's average download speed was 1,769 Kbps, and the average upload speed was 730 Kbps. By way of comparison, the Verizon iPhone's average download speed was 848 Kbps, and the average upload speed was 506 Kbps.

The results come from 43,000 AT&T iPhones and 14,000 Verizon iPhones all over the United States. Most Speedtest.net app users ran the tests multiple times, totaling 106,000 results from AT&T iPhone users and 49,000 results from Verizon iPhone users.

Speed is only one metric by which to measure a network, however, and Ookla did not examine dropped calls or comprehensiveness of coverage in comparing the two carriers.

Numerous reviewers have noted that service on the Verizon iPhone appears to be far more reliable than AT&T's, with users experiencing fewer dropped calls.

"[T]he Verizon iPhone is nearly the same as AT&T's iPhone 4 -- but it doesn't drop calls," wrote the New York Times' David Pogue in a review. "For several million Americans, that makes it the holy grail."

We want to hear from you: which iPhone is faster, in your experience? What are the other differences you've noticed between the Verizon iPhone and the AT&T iPhone?