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Speedtest data shows that T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE pipeline in the nation

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Speedtest data shows that T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE pipeline in the nation
The popular Ookla Speedtest app is used by many smartphone owners to check the data speed on their current network. T-Mobile has sifted through real-life data created from consumers' use of the app. Based on this data, which comes from more than a million customers running millions of tests, T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE network in the nation.

According to the results from the app, T-Mobile provides the fastest average data speeds over 4G LTE in the U.S. at 17.8 Mbps. The data also revealed that T-Mobile's speeds are more consistent than the competition. That's because the company has been able to offer 10 + 10MHz service in major markets like New York City, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco. In those markets, T-Mobile's 4G LTE service has been measured as high as 72Mbps for downloads, and 27Mbps for uploads. At that speed, a 90 minute HD movie can be downloaded in 5 and a half minutes, and an entire music album will take only 13 seconds to download over the carrier's network.

"Finally we agree with AT&T on something: Faster is better. I warned the competition this day would come, and millions of speed tests from real people using their own phones prove it: T-Mobile's nationwide 4G LTE network is the fastest network in the nation -- bar none."-John Legere, CEO, T-Mobile

"T-Mobile is laser-focused on giving customers the best network experience possible. First we deployed nationwide LTE at breakneck speed, covering more than 200 million people in just six months. Now, we're adding more and more spectrum to this footprint and have commenced the launch of our Wideband LTE service, doubling already best-in-class speeds."-Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile

T-Mobile just turned on its first 20 + 20MHz LTE network in North Dallas as T-Mobile Wideband LTE launched. The service can provide download speeds as high as 150Mbps and a download speed of 147Mbps and an upload speed of 40Mbps have been measured in the area. T-Mobile says currently the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 and the Nexus 5 will support the faster data speeds as the Wideband LTE is rolled out nationally. Three more Wideband enabled devices will soon be available from the carrier, namely the LG G Flex, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0) tablet, and the recently announced Sony Xperia Z1S which is a T-Mobile exclusive.

source: T-Mobile

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posted on 08 Jan 2014, 20:43 10

1. technomichael (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


impressive, the only thing keeping me from switching to t-mobile is there coverage, every time i look at there coverage map it scares me

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:16 4

7. 14545 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Same here. But keep making moves like today, and better their coverage just as hair, and I'll still jump ship. VZW is going to steal my unlimited data someday.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:18 1

8. czarniko253 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


What map are you looking at? Up and down west coast I get coverage everywhere.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:36 2

14. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


He's looking at a fictional map cause he's a subtle troll or a hired one. If he was more blatant about it people wouldn't take him seriously.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:23 8

35. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


He's referring the LTE data coverage map. Last I heard the West Coast wasn't the entire USA.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 08:42 1

52. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


hey I have the same concern I live in Minnesota but travel minnesota, north dakota, south dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and wisconsin for my job and there are plenty of spots where i wont even get 3g with t-mobile according to the map on tmobile.com. it depends on your lifestyle and where you live

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:11 2

22. Dr.Phil (Posts: 911; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It depends on where you live. On the east coast and the west coast, you really couldn't go wrong with any carrier as they offer just about the same coverage in those areas (note the wording "just about" means there are some discrepancies but not major ones). However, if you live in the Midwest then you may not want to go with T-Mobile or Sprint. So, if you live in California or any of the states along the east coast then you might as well go with T-Mobile since they offer a better plan at a better price.

http://opensignal.com/network-coverage-maps/t-mobile-coverage-map.php

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:01

27. MartyK (Posts: 712; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


T-Mobile is running great here in KC Mo... 30 download inside of a building note 3...

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 10:30

61. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Here in Austin, near a window on the 8th floor of a building, 10 and 1.2Mbps on LTE and 3 and 1.0Mbps on HSPA+. Nothing to brag about.

I'm often tempted at leaving it in 3G mode in order to prolong the battery life, since it's good enough for everyday use.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 04:43

44. davenycept (Posts: 173; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


It's true...as long as you live in a decently populated areas you should be fine.. I live on the edge of el paso Texas and the services has drastically improved in the last 3 years.. Now I easily get an average of 13-20 mbps down and 5-15 mbps up all over the city on my S4..

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 19:30

65. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1006; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I agree. Tmobile doesnt have good coverage here in st. louis so I'll stick with AT&T LTE for now.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 20:50 1

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1025; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Congrates to you tmobile ,....

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 20:53 1

3. apple4never (Posts: 948; Member since: 08 May 2013)


kind of disappointing, up here with bell i average around 25-30 mbps

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:00 2

4. Cha7520 (Posts: 210; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


FIX the D@##* Coverage!!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:01 4

5. Qbancelli (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


You can't beat those 4G speeds paying $30 a month for unlimited data(5G LTE) unlimited text and 100 minutes.

Thanks T-Mobile!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:35

26. promise7 (Posts: 421; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I thought the $30 prepaid plan is HSPA+ not LTE?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:04 2

31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2189; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Nope. It's definitely includes LTE if it's available in your area.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:24

36. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That's a big IF.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 10:10

56. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


It's a big IF, but many of those who are cover under the LTE coverage are getting a great deal. Like I am

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 10:24

60. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


No, it's LTE. I know, I have it too.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:02 3

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3205; Member since: 17 May 2009)


T- Mobile is killing' it! Good job.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:20 2

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 11449; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


With the fewest subscribers of the big 4 they should. Their subs base is growing rapidly though.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:25 6

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2189; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


By your logic, all the smaller regional carriers should have faster speeds than T-Mobile. They don't. Don't try to rain on T-Mobile's parade, Dark. They're doing big things & I, as a loyal customer for over 10 years, am very happy about it.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:37 2

15. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Don't call him dark just cause he's black you jerk.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:44 4

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 11449; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My point was to say they have less congestion. And don't call me black dark lol. +1 a Terry lol

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:03

28. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2189; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You don't know what the relationship between the number of subscribers T-Mobile has & the amount of spectrum they have is compared to other carriers, therefore you're only speculating. Sprint has the slowest network of the Big 4, yet they're the second smallest. Your logic carries no weight in this case, man.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:27 1

37. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It does carry weight. Less congestion, blocking and bandwidth being used. This applies to basic cell reception and coverage (other than Sprint because no one knows what the hell they're doing over there).

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 05:01 1

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 11449; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly my point R_H +1

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 00:20 1

39. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Black Dark,,, wth... Lmfao. Wtf... This is hilarious,,

One thing i must say is: why can't everyone leave Darkkjedii alone, everyone always picking on him cause he loves Apple, and know cause he's black. Few months ago i was reading users were attacking your family and insulting them.... Wtf, these Android users are really hard. and another imitating your usename and your avatar... Wow.. i also remember a post by Lyndon saying something about oven...

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 05:02

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 11449; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I guess I have brand loyalty lol. +1

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:51

18. FakeMatt (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


FYI - They're not far behind Sprint.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 00:35

41. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Here's what I usually get - inside my house.

http://tinypic.com/r/2w3q2q9/5

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:21

10. Landmarkcm (Posts: 433; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Even there 3g or "faux g" as its been called haha is better then some of Sprint's LTE speeds! I swear my moto g runs just as fast as LTE on Tmobile :)

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:21

11. czarniko253 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Ookla 46.80 down speed in Seattle on t mobile.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:32 2

13. HyperM3 (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


What good are these speeds if they can only be gotten outside? Try getting those speeds inside a building where their spectrum still can't penetrate.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:09 1

20. czarniko253 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


There's wifi in most places I visit, and wifi calling is awesome with tmobile. If you places with no wifi I can where it would have trouble. Luckily tmobile is working on lower frequency.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 08:21

48. Maverick1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)


I don't need Wifi.......

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 08:24

49. Maverick1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)


But that's good to know.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 10:14

58. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I love WiFi calling, but it's only available in select phones sold by T-mobile. I miss it in my Nexus 5 and it's not available in the app store.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 21:38 2

16. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I used to regard Ookla's app the golden standard. But after the last update to make it pretty also made it inaccurate. I cannot fathom anyone taking its measurements seriously. Root Metric FTW!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:02 1

19. Maverick1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)


Seriously!

I get between 30-35Mpbs dn and 8-10Mbps up on LTE and the carrier I'm on has a much larger network.

So why is this so impressive.

Not buying into the hoopla on tmobile, there's just not there both network coverage and performance.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:10 2

21. czarniko253 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Too embarrassed to mention the carrier??

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 08:37

51. Maverick1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)


Not at all, in order to avoid confrontation it wasn't necessary to post it being that this is about boasting speeds of tmobile which I don't agree having first hand experience.

It shouldn't matter whom I'm with since it's not tmobile judgment is already reserved.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 09:41

53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Then why did you even bother to mention it?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:59

66. Maverick1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)


In regards to what????

In either case it's not a bother.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 10:13

57. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I don't trust the date from Ookla; I do trust the date from Root Metrics. T-mobile also trusts its data better, for they provide a link from their website to it where one can compare T-mobile's coverage with other carriers':http://t-mobile.rootmetrics.com Even though it has only a select list of cities, T-mobile's coverage is more often than not a notch below AT&T.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:18 1

23. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Huh???Why do you guys keep posting this stuff like it is facts. I just ran this on ATT LTE and got my slowest speed to date- 59ms ping, 40.63 download, and 11.41 upload. My slowest ATT is faster than this! I'm usually low to mid 20's on ping, 50-60 download and 15-20 upload. Next time try researching other carriers instead of taking T-MO and Verizon's word for it.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:23

24. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


http://www.speedtest.net/isp-performance

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 10:23

59. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


According to Ookla, AT&T beats T-mobile:http://www.speedtest.net/isp/att-wireless vs.http://www.speedtest.net/isp/t-mobile-usa

PS: I am a satisfied T-mobile customer without illusions about my carrier of choice or its CEO.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 22:33

25. nothingmuch (Posts: 171; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Where u live? I have at&t lte and it sucks really bad, at fastest 4.18down and 2.86up. Wish I could post a screen shot here

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:11

33. nothingmuch (Posts: 171; Member since: 03 May 2013)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/95319263@N05/11848583603/in/photolist-j4267c-j42hwX-j3ZxEt-j42Zy7-j42TTQ-j42KQq-j41EhH-j3Zja2-j3Zcpi-j42aWJ-j41spL-j43G6b-j43oaG-j3Ymxk-j3YBKx-j41J9U-j41qtG-j3ZYQh-j3ZqGP-j43217-j435SW-j3ZWiU-j3ZF8H-j419ww-j3Xmjg-j3XwQB-j3YNjD-j3WSEi-j42CQf-j3Zvwj-j3Zu6o-j41Hbm-j3YKzw-j41Ngm-j3Y4UD-j3YJBu-j41HFQ-j3Y8vX-j3WDbK-j3YMr7-j428bW-j3YJYw-j41EY5-j3WAEx-j3YjAy-j3WBwT

Hope this helps my point, its even worse

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 00:37

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My cousin's LTE speeds on AT&T are the same on his iPhone 5. He was blown away on how fast T-Mobile was. Every Speedtest and webpage we've loaded, T-Mobile always finished a few second a ahead.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 10:33

62. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Ookla is not avery accurate. Try the Root Metrics app instead: bit.ly/1e8YG3N

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:03

29. czarniko253 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Read above, it says 72 up 27 down, and then it's the average which is faster based on All the user that test they're speed. AT&T and Verizon can't afford in data to test they're speed, and Sprint can't keep a connection stable enough to get a result. Ookla is third party, no biasty here.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:04 2

30. hadouken (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Oh. Your speed test makes the nation's average for AT&T.

Make sure to check with fervid next time before writing an article, PA!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:06

32. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2189; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Someone with some sense. Thank you & +1.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 00:21

40. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Aha StreetFighter Ryu....

Where is Shin Akuma

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:15

34. tiburonpineda (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


but T Mobile only work in the cities. ..country areas there's not data coverage. check the map and see for yourself people. otherwise I switch to tmobile next week. im tired of Sprint slow network.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:46

38. zachattack (Posts: 571; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Only reason i'm still with verizon is because i need a 2nd job to pay for it. Currently payin 40/month for 2gb and unlimited text. Verizon is falling back into the horrible phone selection. Every carried besides verizon gets any phone that's released for the most part. Verizon is either last or they just don't get it. Not to mention T-mo is the only one who gets all the phones + Sony phones. Very tempted to switch before my contract ends. In my opinion coverage on verizon ain't worth it. I get 4G mostly where i drive to and from work but i'd be willing to be it's spotty as hell just like the "lesser" carriers

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 03:10

43. theo14461 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I tried T-Mobile, here in the Illinois North Shore, Sorry, no coverage.

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