AT&T scores 'Best U.S. Network' prize against Verizon and T-Mobile in unique testing across America

AT&T scores 'Best U.S. Network' prize against Verizon and T-Mobile in unique testing across America
T-Mobile has OpenSignal surveys to brag with, Verizon boasts RootMetrics tests, and now it's AT&T's turn to win a nationwide measuring spree, this time by the network quality testing specialists from Global Wireless Solutions (GWS). Their unique OneScore approach combines real-life testing with user impression surveys for a more complete picture.

GWS seemingly got tired of sizing up carriers around the globe and focused on the best in the US this time around. We kid, as the shop is regular in testing American carrier networks, and its methodology is very robust, too. It doesn't rely on anecdotal user measurements only but actually involves driving around and walking with testing equipment, like what RootMetrics does. Thus, when the Global Wireless Solutions "Nationwide Test of Mobile Networks" is out, we ought to listen to its conclusions.

Despite that GWS ranked AT&T number one, it was an aggregate score derived from various categories, where oftentimes another carrier took the individual first spot. Performed between January and August 2018, the 8+ million tests in 501 key wireless markets in the US actually pegged Verizon as having the fastest upload speeds, for instance. 

AT&T, however, grabbed the cake for best video streaming and call retaining (smallest number of dropped calls), while T-Mobile's wideband codec netted it the best call quality prize. AT&T also scored top in reliability and throughputs, and it is the aggregate quality and stability of its network that earned it the final prize in the 2018 US carrier testing by GWS.

source: GWS


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6 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

AT&T has always worked the best for me. There are a lot of rural areas that I visit when traveling that are only serviced by AT&T (or if you have Appalachian Wireless) -- especially Eastern Kentucky in the mountain areas.

2. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Who cares anymore really? Why is this website still going? How is it stll going? This changes daily

3. D34ever

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

No way in hell I'm giving my money to AT&T (or VZ). A bunch of money grubbing bastards.

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

They are all the same. So, it's your choice. Give to a carrier with far less coverage, give to an MVNO who uses AT&T or Verizon or give directly to the big boys. For me it's worth paying the extra money for peace of mind.

5. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly I have very few spots att has no service in places I go. When I don't have service it might last up to a mile and it's back.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

AT&T has always been the best for me, Sprint by far the worst.

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