Citing a third party speed comparison in two major metropolitan areas, T-Mobile has published results that predictably puts them on top with their 4G network, while skewering AT&T and Verizon’s iPhones as being as slow as a rabbit beating the turtle. In addition to claiming a speed advantage over the iPhone thanks to it’s Samsung Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile also points out that their 4G data plans start at just $10 a month, while AT&T and Verizon start at $15 and $30 respectively. Now, to be fair, the Galaxy S does run on T-Mobile’s 4G network, while both AT&T and Verizon have the iPhone 4 on a 3G network. But while T-mobile wants to compare the iPhone to the Galaxy S as a tortoise to a hare, is it really more comparing apples to oranges?
It’s likely that T-Mobile is attempting to preemptively strike since both networks are launching 4G capability in a major way with plenty of Android handsets that equal or surpass the Galaxy S in performance. T-Mobile has a point on starting data plan costs, sure. But while the speed benefits of 3G over 4G are obvious, the T-mobile comparison is rather like comparing a motorcycle to a bicycle, while ignoring the Harley sitting in the bicycle’s driveway. And, in the end, we all know how that story of the tortoise and the hare ends up, don’t we?