Vodafone best for mobile web browsing, says O2
So O2 commissioned an independent survey to determine download speeds for mobile handsets in the UK. Perhaps they went into it assuming they'd be king of the hill, but in fact they weren't. While O2 scored best for music downloads, the survey revealed that Vodafone offered the fastest speeds for web browsing. D'oh!
The survey measured speeds in 150 locations across the UK at different times of the day, seven days weeks, over a two month period - the survey attempted to mimic general usage patterns to determine what broadband speeds are available to consumer for the top five networks - O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and Three.
O2 was the zippiest for music downloads with Vodafone coming in second place. But in terms of web browsing via mobile, Vodafone was quickest and Orange, O2 and T-Mobile shared second place.
Unfortunately, that information is about as useful as a headless crab, because no geographical data was released, on the basis that overall there is little difference. Across all the results, perhaps, but when you're in a town where some networks are spotty at best, a local breakdown is pretty handy, no? And that's no doubt the real reason, we imagine.