Nearly two-thirds of all mobile phones sold in Ireland have failed to pass internationally recognized data download requirements, this is according to a recent research by the country’s telecom regulator.

The recent survey by ComReg examined 33 new mobile phones in the Irish market. It found that only 13 models met the requirements for data download in 8 different tests.

Some of the best-selling models, like Apple iPhone XR, Samsung A10, and a few others, failed to meet the desired requirements, in 50 percent of the tests.

Apple’s iPhone XS Max only made through in just four tests, although its younger version, the XS, met all the necessary requirements.

ComReg looked at the quality of download of various handsets in four key bandwidths with 3G and 4G tech, and the tests were done while holding the in the right or left hand, totaling up to 8 unique measurements.

Performance was assessed on the basis of total isotropic sensitivity, a measure of and device’s capability to detect weak signals and still maintain a link with the base station. The GSMA has recommended a number of bandwidths as benchmarks for achievable and acceptable performance.

Models that met the download requirements include Huawei Mate 20, Sony Xperia, Motorola Moto G7+ as well as OnePlus 6T. The regulator noted that the average score for the models tested passed the recommended figures.

Samsung Galaxy S10 was the best performing overall in terms of voice calls. It passed six of the eight tests.


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