New crowdsourced report shows T-Mobile with the fastest download and upload dataspeeds in the states

New crowdsourced report shows T-Mobile with the fastest download and upload dataspeeds in the states
OpenSignal has released its latest Mobile Network Experience Report for July. T-Mobile took first place in the category of U.S. download dataspeed with an average of 23.6Mbps. That topped Verizon's 22.9Mbps speed and AT&T's 22.5Mbps. Sprint was dead last with an average speed of 19.2Mbps. While AT&T actually had the fastest 4G LTE download speed at 24.6Mbps versus 24.3Mbps for T-Mobile, the latter's faster 3G speeds (4.2Mbps compared with 3.3Mbps) put it over the top. T-Mobile also led the way in upload dataspeed with an average of 7.3Mbps compared to 6.9Mbps for Verizon, 4.9Mbps for AT&T and 2.4Mbps for Sprint.


Network availability is an important category since subscribing to a great network doesn't matter if you can't access it. Verizon customers were able to connect to Big Red's cellular network a leading 94.8% of the time. T-Mobile was next at 94.2% followed by AT&T and Sprint at 89.6% and 89.5%, respectively. Network responsiveness is also key to a great user experience on a wireless provider's network. Also known as latency, the lower the number, the faster each network responded to its users. AT&T and T-Mobile tied for the crown here. The former had an average reading of 52.5ms and T-Mobile was just .1ms slower at 52.6ms. Both topped Verizon (56.8ms) and Sprint (59.8ms).


Verizon did well in U.S. metro markets with an average 42.4Mbps download speed in New York City


Video experience measures loading times and interruptions to help OpenSignal calculate a score. Verizon had the highest tally in this category at 56.1 followed by the 51.7 score awarded to T-Mobile. Sprint's 47.5 score placed it third with AT&T's 46.5 rating placing it last.



Looking at the regional results, Verizon had the fastest average download speed found in any U.S. metropolitan market, 42.4Mbps in New York City. Verizon also averaged 10Mbps upload speeds in eight major cities including New York and Chicago. In the category of network responsiveness, OpenSignal noted that AT&T's LTE-Advanced upgrades (which it calls 5G Evolution) helped the wireless provider offer faster latency speeds as low as 40ms in some markets like Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco.


OpenSignal's crowdsourced data comes from the company's iOS and Android apps that can be installed on handsets from the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. The data came in from 1,412,551 devices that provided a total of 5,632,817,140 data points between March 16th through June 13th of this year.

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7 Comments

1. azuleyez

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I commend OpenSignal for doing the research, but I have a feeling they're not really testing in 'real world' conditions. I've tried T-Mobile twice over the past year, and most recently about a month ago. The service was noticeably poorer than Verizon and AT&T, both in cities, along interstates between cities and in rural areas. Verizon and AT&T networks were superior in every scenario. T-Mobile frequently provided spotty and/or 'no service', or data speeds that were so slow, they rendered the service unusable, in the heart of a major city, several attempts in various locations throughout the day. So I dunno. I find these sort of staged tests extremely unreliable.

3. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Verizon and At&t absolutely smoke Tmobile and Sprint in rural areas. I recently switched to Visible (Verizon towers) since they offered unlimited everything with no throttling for a flat $40/month and couldn't be happier. With Sprint I had too many problems with throttling, likewise with Tmobile. Tmobile was actually worse than Sprint due to intermediate unstable data connectivity. I never had At&t, but many of my friends/family use them and have no complaints.

7. Quetzalcoatlus

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 10, 2019

Yeah for sure I recently ventured West of Philadelphia for the first time in a while (see It's Always Sunny "The Gang Leaves Philadelphia", exactly like that) and it's not like I was way out in the middle of nowhere just I-80 and some farmland and T-Mobile was somewhere between unreliable and nonexistent everywhere that people with Verizon and AT&T all had reliable service not necessarily fast LTE but at least 3G. Unfortunately I had major problems with both Visible and Verizon proper in actual Philadelphia and in my actual house so, I switched to AT&T and so far so good........ Should add, your phone may make a big difference with T-Mobile because they have quite a large and expanding 600MHz/Band 71 network but it's a newer standard, my phone doesn't support it, and I'm not about to get a new phone anytime soon so maybe I'll try again in 5 years

8. harrisvt

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Not always the case anymore. I have a verizon work phone and tmo personal phone. There have been several times I've had to use my tmo phone to create a hotspot for my verizon work phone. 600mhz band 71 is definitely making a difference. And verizon overstates their coverage. I know this for a fact traveling alot for work across 15 or so states.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yeah, that’s not an accurate report considering that T-Mobile footprint is tiny.

5. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

I like tmobile , actually I am with t mobile , and at times the data is really , really slow .

6. civicsr2cool

Posts: 278; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Funny that this topic shows up the same time that T-Mobile decides to start throttling YouTube streaming for heavy data users again. The same thing they got sued for a couple years back.

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