A look at Verizon's 'torture test' lab for network certification
The Verge offered a behind-the-scenes look at Verizon's test lab in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the carrier "torture tests smartphones." The building, which was once Verizon's primary headquarters, now serves as the site where smartphones, tablets and all sorts of other connected devices must pass more than a dozen tests before they're certified to run on Verizon's network.
Manufacturers run rigorous tests on their own devices before they submit their gadgets to carriers, of course, and The Verge notes that it's highly unusual for a device to be rejected once it reaches the network certification stage. However, Verizon's tests cover not just simple network connectivity but also emergency services and endurance trials such as repeated drops to the floor. Verizon isn't unusually rigorous in this regard -- all carriers carry out similar tests -- but the report provides a glimpse of how much time and money operators invest in making sure devices are compliant before they hit the shelves. Article