Mobile Broadband Genie Road Trip 2011 Winners

This was the third year of our annual Broadband Genie Road Trip Awards and after the success of the first two, we decided to add more tests and make it the toughest challenge for the dongles yet.

The entire Genie team packed up our laptops and headed for the station, to see if mobile broadband really does the business as it's often advertised - on the move.

Each member of the testing team had a dongle from one of seven of the UK's leading mobile broadband providers: O2, Orange, 3 Mobile, T-Mobile, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Vodafone). Over the next two days we put them through their paces on more than six hours of train journeys across more than 300 miles between Cambridge and Leeds.

More than 40 individual tests took in upload and download speeds via dedicated mobile broadband speed tests, streaming of both video (YouTube) and audio (Spotify), plus uploads and downloads from popular websites such as the BBC and Facebook.

After analysing the results, the winners were as follows.

Dongle on the Move 2011 - Overall Winner

  • Winner Broadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Overall winner for 'Dongle on the Move - 2011' - Three
  • Runner up Broadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Overall runner up for 'Dongle on the Move - 2011' - Orange

Sub categories

While the dongles from Three and Orange were the best overall, we tested many categories throughout the trip. Some excelled where others failed, so below we break down the results for each of the areas we looked at over the course of our testing procedures on the 2011 Road Trip. 

Road Trip Downloader 2011

  • Winner Broadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Winner for 'Best Downloader - 2011' - Three
  • Runner up Broadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Runner up for 'Best Downloader - 2011' - Virgin Media

Road Trip Uploader 2011

  • Winner Broadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Winner for 'Best Uploader - 2011' - Three
  • Runner up Broadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Runner up for 'Best Downloader - 2011' - Vodafone

Road Trip's Most Stable 2011

  • WinnerBroadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Winner for 'Most Stable - 2011' - Orange
  • Runner upBroadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Runner up for 'Most Stable - 2011' - Three

Road Trip Coverage 2011

  • WinnerBroadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Winner for 'Best Coverage - 2011' - T-Mobile
  • Runner upBroadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Runner up for 'Best Coverage - 2011' - Orange

Dongle Software 2011

  • WinnerBroadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Winner for 'Best Software - 2011' - Vodafone
  • Runner upBroadband Genie Roadtrip Awards - Runner up for 'Best Software - 2011' - Three

Overall analysis of the Broadband Genie Road Trip 2011

Previous Road Trip Awards

This the third year of the Broadband Genie mobile broadband awards. If you're interested in reading more about previous trips, please follow the links below.

Road Trip 2010: Winners - Analysis

Road Trip 2009: Winners - Analysis

Comments

  • neutral

    by Daniel meah at 16:20 on 26 May 2011 Report abuse

    Isnt it defeating the point Featuring t-mobile and virgin mobile since there both the same ( Same network/ Same data connections Or didnt you guys know this....


  • neutral

    by n26x at 21:57 on 2 Sep 2011 Report abuse

    T-Mobile and Orange are the same too since they merged and TalkTalk uses the Vodafone network.

  • neutral

    by Paul at 21:50 on 2 Oct 2011 Report abuse

    So does the world end at Leeds?
    Seemed like an interesting article until I realised that you stopped some 400 miles south of Inverness where I live.
    Any chance of you acknowledging the other 3 countries in the UK next time around?

  • Ciaron Dunne - EditorEditor - Ciaron Dunne

    by Ciaron Dunne at 8:56 on 5 Dec 2011 Report abuse

    @Paul. It's a great point. The actual reason that we stopped at Leeds is because it seemed a far enough journey from Cambridge (where we're based) to give us an accurate idea of how the different networks are performing. In previous years we went to Bournemouth, until we discovered that none of the networks seemed to work south of London. Maybe next year we'll get up to Scotland and combine the trip with a whisky tour?

  • happy

    by Marc B at 17:09 on 5 Feb 2012 Report abuse

    Paul, the scots are always barking on about independence...... So do your own broadband tests....

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