A survey by Broadband Genie names T-Mobile as the best mobile broadband service. The Broadband Genie Road Trip 2010 Awards test both the download and upload speeds as well as stability, coverage and rate the bundled software. The tests, which included the six main mobile broadband providers (O2, Orange, 3, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone) were carried out 'on the move' during a 350 mile rail trip across two days.
T-Mobile achieved top position in half of the categories including top downloader/uploader. Vodafone scores well for stability and software. The overall winner was T-Mobile followed by Virgin.
"Getting mobile broadband to work well on the move presents some real problems for providers, especially in more rural areas, but as we work towards establishing a universal minimum standard for UK broadband, these challenges need to be met.
T-Mobile should be congratulated on the improvements it has made, with some especially noteworthy speed test results of more than 3Mb on the move. However, we hope that by next year's Road Trip the others will have not only reached these speeds, but significantly surpassed them. Most of the ISPs showed no major progress from last year's tests, despite several putting up their 'up to' speed claims."Chris Marling, Editor, Broadband Genie
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Results appear not to indicate a significant improvement over the previous year and are based on speed tests as well as downloading of podcasts, streaming audio and video.