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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38. papss (unregistered)
I DO travel and tmob full coverage leave a lot to be desired. Its like eating a sandwich with no substance.. There's one reason they are cheaper.. Weaker coverage. You tmob guys can spin it however you want but at the end of the day vzn/att are better overall period.
39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3714; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
No. You just don't get it, do you? There's no such thing as better overall. There's only what's better overall for your specific situation. T-Mobile has the cheapest prices, the fastest data speeds, & all the coverage I need in the areas I frequent. Why would I jump ship to any other carrier? I would literally be paying more money for the same coverage & slower speeds. Stop making generalizations for everyone when everyone has a different set of circumstances to deal with.
43. papss (unregistered)
I'm guessing the majority of the US agrees that coverage is boss when it comes to cell providers or tmob would be crushing the competition because their cheaper rates. So who doesn't get it?
47. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The majority of the US can't point where Rhode Island is a map, so what's your point?.
50. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Ask majority of Americans how many times they travel outside their city frequently. I guarantee you it'll be less than 10%. No reason to pay more for something you don't need.
52. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3714; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You still don't because as Smurf would say, "You literally missed his point. Literally."
62. rdaex (Posts: 148; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Well...they did add over 4MM customers last year, so theres that.
Look.. I get it, TMO doesnt work for you. But you have to admit that if it DID, youd be crazy not to be on the switch bandwagon.
If it works in your house, and work, and where you run around, why would you choose to pay 40-50% more on another carrier?
41. Rogerlebo (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Very very often, I get 130 mbps down and 35 mbps up in Québec Canada on Rogers LTE network with my Galaxy Note 3 :
44. Rogerlebo (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
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51. Rogerlebo (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
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58. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Good going T-Mobile. I had them 4 or so years ago and while they were OK, they weren't great great, so I decided to switch to ATT for college. But they seem to have gotten much more reliable now.. Seriously looking at them once my contract is up in a year
59. theo14461 (unregistered)
AT&T is the best overall, for me. North Shore area, Illinois.
67. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)
T-Mobile for me. NW Chicago and Downtown showing five full signal bars of LTE everywhere I go, even in my entire house and basement.
73. nobrainer (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
i'm must be missing something - i live in europe and 4G LTE here hits nearly 40Mbps how come in US 4G with barely 10Mbps is qualified as 4G
81. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I believe because the American market, and not only the cellular market, is heavily cartelized and thus is not very competitive. How many carriers can you choose from?
74. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
There are places along the north in western NY that have Sprint 4G LTE yet are not listed. From Buffalo to Utica, these major metropolitan cities are getting shafted by these maps.
Perhaps we should update this to guve fair shake. This makes me wonder how many of the western US may not be listed.
75. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Actually, looking the Sprint map, southern tier of western NY seems to be incorrect as well. I travel many of these areas every single day and have 4G in many areas that are not listed. Definitely, need more up to date maps.
78. matty1323 (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
All I know is that this confirmed what I had gathered from different carrier tests that TMO's network is the newest and probably least utilized because it's the newest. Therefore it's the fastest where it's rolled out. I am excited to see them push and push their network coverage and extend this aggressive rollout to wider area's. I am in the phoenix area and my LTE and 4G (hspa+) speeds are very very consistently impressive. I've got no gripes on leaving vzw with unlimited data to go to Tmo in the last 3 months. I may speak differently if I lived in a different area, but that's why I did my homework before switching.
89. defcon888 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)
same here. I was with Verizon for 10 years...had unlimited data and gave it up in May...the wife and I haven't looked back. Coverage is perfect for where we live (NorCal) and we have WiFi calling which is amazing. I was in Ireland on business in June....connected to the hotel's WiFi and was able to call my wife for free.
79. isprobi (Posts: 627; Member since: 30 May 2011)
So overall it looks like AT&T is the best bet. Not always the fastest but the best compromise of speed and coverage.
80. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I agree, but add that T-mobile is the best value.
Also, for those who have a passport or the minority of Americans, CDMA is useless. So, bar a dual-mode phone, both VZW and Sprint are no options.
88. defcon888 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)
I agree....if you have the GSM phones (T-mo and AT&T) you can go to either of those networks and use your phones. Heck, even Metro PCS doesn't do CDMA if I am not mistaken.
84. leechie (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)
I have every carrier because I own, a, bussiness. Sprint I she finally the worst cap ever. It's so slow that I can't take it. I have a note 3 and it's horrible on the Sprint network. BUT MY NOT ON AT&T AND THE MOBILE on the note 3 are the fastest. They even beat version out. But I also, live on the Jersey Shore. But definitely Sprint is the slowest and the, worst. My phone, still roams on sprint. I never heard of such a, thing anymore. Sprint needs to give it up for real. I love AT&T the most, but t-mobile has the best deals , especially with the Jump program. I can up grade my phone whenever I feel like it instead of waiting for 1, year or 2 years. So think about that pepole.
85. leechie (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)
One, more thing I must add. AT&T has the best phone and gets everything really fast. Then T- Mobile follows behind. Verizon can get their Moto products because they suck. Sprint needs to do the same thing. TO BILE let's u finance the phones now, so, u put no money up front on the newest devices. That's something to look at. If sprint gave me free service for a year they still couldn't keep me as a customer because I am, dropping them asap.
86. Ethos (unregistered)
is this uk site or what .. when u poping all the time u hiring people in london ... and now u showing here crappy 4g in crappy usa?? wtf ? were is this sht site from ??|?!?!?!
87. defcon888 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)
I thought John Legere told his lawyers to tell Verizon to take that map down and by the end of Uncarrier 8.0 it was.
I switched from Verizon after 10 years to T-Mobile and I haven't been happier since. The reception is as good if not better than Verizon. The wife and I live in an area that doesn't matter what carrier you are with, is horrible (canyon/valley). We use W-Fi calling and it works P E R F E C T.