said by HappyAnarchy :
That said, I hate to be defending AT&T at all, ever, but it is a bit disingenious to say the average Sprint user uses double theirs so why are they not having problems? Because Sprint has significantly less users than AT&T - not saying AT&T doesn't have problems with congestion and shouldn't build out their network, or that they didn't make mistakes by doing it. I would just prefer we criticize them for valid reasons to make our points less easy to dismiss.
Are you suggesting that AT&T is overselling subscriptions to their wireless network? The last report that I read indicated that AT&T's network performance was equal to or better than Sprint's in most regions across the country. The issue with the much lower data usage is not due to congestion or the number of subscribers, it's the high cost of the plans combined with the steep penalties for going over the limit.
Verizon smokes Sprint in performance in most of the places I frequent, yet the average Sprint user consumed more data.
I think the point being made in the report is spot on. It's the pricing and caps that are holding people back.