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Which carrier offers the fastest mobile data and coverage: 4G / 3G speed comparison

0. phoneArena 19 Mar 2014, 10:50 posted on

4G LTE has brought blazingly fast Internet to our mobile devices with speeds often even higher than what home Internet connections offer, but different carriers deliver vastly different speeds…

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posted on 19 Mar 2014, 10:57 15

1. NoFanboy (Posts: 299; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


But what's the point of having the fastest if you never get LTE anywhere?

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:14 5

6. youlookfoolish (Posts: 174; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Bingo.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:23 15

9. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Because, unless you're a traveling salesman, you live somewhere not anywhere?

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:03 20

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Exactly. People talk so much about coverage, but that's not an important factor for everyone. I rarely leave my city/state area. If the coverage where I am is great, why should I be worried about what someone else across the country is getting? The answer: I shouldn't.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:34 1

63. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


In my small city in southeast OH, I average 15-21 Mps on the download on Sprint and about 6-8 on the upload. I'm happy. I don't travel far often but 77 north to 70 west in OH to columbus is well covered.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 01:33 1

66. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


LOL! It says Sprint has 4 Mbps LTE in Seattle. That's a total lie. I had 2 Mbps downloads. Total BS. SPRINT SUCKS!

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 04:22 1

70. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Well Said!!!
whats the point of being covered everywhere, and have the Fastest speed.........IF YOU HAVE ONLY 10 GIGS TO USE?????????
point.....if its FAST, im USING IT to download/stream movies (n porn :D ) n play ps3/4 n xbox games!!!!!!
so yea UNLIMITED data all the way! and dont live in a Data Cage!! ........if u cant use 10 gigs of data on ur smart phone, ur NOT using it very Smartly!!!! so go get Sprint or TMO if ur like me n not Made of money (not yet neway :D ) kuz i can download a blueray movie or game torrent off 1. frostwire for android or 2.my hotspot on my laptop, n thats like ATLEAST 5 gigs....... so yea gud luck goin over n having to Buy more Data on at&t or vzw.....

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 13:11 5

24. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Bingo.

Look, I was a Verizon customer for many, many years. Always touted their coverage. But now.....I view these carriers in a different light.

I cant wait to get on T Mo or AT&T's network.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 16:17 3

45. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I agree that not everyone needs the Verizon coverage area, particularly for what you have to pay for it. That said, I have Verizon because I do travel for work all the time (not a salesman) and need the coverage. Our company uses Sprint and honestly there are very few places where I get native service with one and not the other. Additionally, Sprint and Verizon have roaming agreements so I rarely lose service.

As for speeds, nationwide avg for TMO is 8.1, VZW is 5.59 and Sprint is 4.62. Not a big difference in the grand scheme of things. Also, those numbers dont include Sprint Spark which is a lot faster.

But with all this talk about speed, does it really matter?

I have used my smartphone at 6mbps and 40mbps and you CANNOT tell the difference. HD videos which are about as intense a strain on a network load fine at 2mbps on 3G. Hotspot is a different story and for that Spark is king.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 04:21

69. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


i like spark.......Boom!!! AAAAHHHH my HAAANNDD!!!! .....lol idk :D

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:48 2

13. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Target. Most of the US population lives within 20 miles of a major city. It's business to target the highest population areas first and build outward from there.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:17

20. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


What good is having the coverage with the slowass speed?

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:28

22. Adammcc (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


vv ww.speedtest.net/my-result/a/568047740

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:39 1

64. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


s**t!

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 14:24

34. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Thank you, all my friends in NY with T-Mobile have to use Wi-Fi when they travel to cities like Miami, Dallas, San Fransisco, Seattle, etc, so, what's the freakin' use??

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:30 2

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


You are so very wrong about seattle, around the city I always get at least 40mbps on my note3

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:39

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


You are so very wrong about seattle, around the city I always get at least 40mbps on my note3

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:48 1

57. andynaija (Posts: 919; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


1. Either your friends are using a different carrier other than T-Mobile.

2. They must be using Wi-Fi so they don't reach their data cap.

3. You're trying to downplay T-Mobile, because the DFW metro, and all the other cities you mentioned, are covered with excellent T-Mobile signal.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:18 1

60. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Exactly. He's a troll & a sh*tty one at that.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 04:18

68. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


whats the point of being covered everywhere, and have the Fastest speed.........IF YOU HAVE ONLY 10 GIGS TO USE?????????

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 05:18 1

71. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


What do you keep blabbing on about? For 99%+ of consumers, 10GB a month is more than enough.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 08:12

83. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


blabing????? if 10 gigs is plenty, then they dont know the true power of their phone!!!!
why does a phone cost so much? kuz it can do WAYYYYY more that 10 Gigs worh of stuff. why do providers charge so much? kuz the KNOW that phones can do alot, n if ppl wana do alot on their phones, they gona have to Pay!! greedy vzw will lose once the other companies (not at&t) get their 4G networks together

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:04 2

2. harvardale (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


I wish they would have done Columbus, OH. Verizon's LTE absolutely blows here.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:36

11. papss (unregistered)


Ha! I live in Cincinnati area

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:43

12. irellemot (Posts: 109; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


They should have tested the Kansas City area. Its hard not to get at least 12 Mbps here, on average I get about 20 on my nexus 5. Back when they began rolling it out here, believe it or not I got 47 on my old gnex.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:47 1

61. rdaex (Posts: 149; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Buddy and me did speed tests in Grove City... His speed(VZW) was .5 megs on LTE, mine (TMO) was almost 20.
Thats ridiculous.. and I cant believe people buy the 'network' hype.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 14:51

82. harvardale (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Yep. I consistently get 0.5-2 down in Columbus. Once I get about 25 miles outside of Columbus it jumps to 10+.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:41

65. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Most areas of Columbus Sprints LTE is pretty awesome. Fewer customers, less strain on the network :)

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:05 6

3. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


I've got to say, I like T-Mobile. I have LTE where I am (around Seattle, WA), and it's honestly reliable. that being said, when I traveled to eastern Washington, I had 2g along the way and LTE in Spokane. Not the most coverage, but good enough for me and i get unlimited and I don't have to deal with sprint lol

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:08 2

4. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 120; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sprint Spark does not deliver LTE over 700Mhz channel.. Its over the 2.5Ghz frequency.

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