The testing also showed that besides Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile has done an impressive job getting up to speed with an LTE network that seemed to come out of nowhere. Sprint, on the other hand, continues to disrupt coverage in order to gets its LTE pipeline completed. Speaking of speed, many believe that Sprint will eventually be the speed king in the U.S.
While AT&T won the crown last year, this year it was Verizon's new XLTE service that took the carrier over the top. The service runs LTE over Verizon's AWS 1700MHz spectrum. In combination with the operator's 700MHz spectrum, the nation's largest carrier offers strong service in rural markets, while XLTE helps those in major cities where networks are often too congested.
The LG G2 was used for the drive tests because the device is available for all four major networks. The drive tests covered 30 cities and thousands of miles, and were supplemented by surveys from individuals who turned in their own experiences.