T-Mobile trolls Verizon's LTE speeds at the Super Bowl, hilarity ensues

T-Mobile trolls Verizon's LTE speeds at the Super Bowl, hilarity ensues
T-Mobile's flamboyant CEO John Legere has a Facebook account. That account is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to trolling other carriers, but especially Verizon, about data speeds. It also comes in handy to whip up LTE speed comparisons at the Super Bowl 50 with everyone, but especially with Verizon.

John Legere posted a picture with two phones, one on T-Mobile, and one on Verizon, directly comparing the speeds that each network was able to muster at the stadium. Needless to say, the comparison is in T-Mobile's favor, as it managed to score almost four times Verizon's result on the download side, and more than two times on the uplink. 

T-Mobile didn't stop here, though, as it issued a chart comparing the average LTE speeds that all four major carriers were able to deliver in San Francisco around game time, and Verizon is lagging quite behind there, despite a $70 million investment to boost coverage in the area before the game. Big Magenta also had a 30-second spot during the game, dissing Verizon again, which you can see in the slideshow below.

Verizon, however, is quite nonplussed from all the trash talk, it seems, and issued a rebuttal ad, where a guy with a magenta beanie is still waiting for said T-Mobile ad to load, while his friends are getting impatient around him. Pass the popcorn, organic non-GMO if you have it.


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48. tokuzumi

Posts: 2024; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Verizon's twitter snapshot in photo 4 just sounds bitter.

47. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

What's "Verizon" on white background at the bottom of the phones? Ad. in speedtest?

40. Theclsr420

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

Notice one thing missing? All the seats are empty! What about when speed test was done during the middle of the game? Verizon stomped out T-Mobile!!

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So you are saying there are more customers on TMO than Verizon? Cause that would be the only outcome.

39. KaneTJ

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I Like how No one in any of these articles, or comment sections never takes in to consideration the phones hardware or even types of phones being used for these tests for that matter. Youd think that would make a difference as well.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Their the same devices...

35. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Verizon, however, is quite nonplussed from all the trash talk, it seems, and issued a rebuttal ad, where a guy with a magenta beanie is still waiting for said T-Mobile ad to load, while his friends are getting impatient around him." -PA (Daniel P.) Six commas in one sentence? Dear lord. The poor education system in whatever country Daniel P. is from.

33. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I get about 60 down with Tmo and 90 down with Verizon at my apartment in Old Town Pasadena

38. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

k, we'll all keep that in mind.

32. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

If you're getting 27Mbps down on your smartphone and you're complaining... Kill yourself !

31. dafrizzy

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Hmm, makes me wonder what the load on each carrier was at the time. Sure you may have faster speeds, but if the number of users are 1/10 that of the other carrier then it simply is not an unbiased comparison. But then again, being biased and telling half-truths is what that industry is all about.

30. serendunoir

Posts: 4; Member since: May 11, 2012

I could be wrong (I'm sure people will let me know)......but doesn't Verizon have exclusive rights to see the Super Bowl on their mobile devices the past few years. 50,000 or so people in the nose-bleed seats streaming a live football game I think would tax any network.

34. matistight

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 13, 2009

That would be true, but Verizon says their "X-LTE" towers are supposed to fix this issue, so realistically, verizon should be getting double the speed, even with people taxing it. So even if you double the speed test, you're still half the speeds of t-mobile. So tell me how you think that that's a good excuse. There's about 68,000 seats, and I can almost guarantee you that probably 1/3rd, if that, are only using verizon

29. applesnapple93

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

notice the verizon phone is at 84% and the tmobile phone is at 25% from searching for service all day.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Then the specific phones can play a part. Samsung and HTC haven't been good with reception vs Moto, BB or Nokia over the years. Or how one year Moto released a phone that had old wireless tech inside and Samsung phones from the same year had faster speeds because it had newer tech. They had faster speeds, but the reception wasnt as good as that Moto phone. These digs, diss ads dont go into the details. Folks really need to know the details.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Verizon is spot on. Their troll was about coverage and reliability. I have worked at a building that had a Sprint tower on the roof. My Verizon phone had troubles there, but Sprint phones worked just fine. Go a few miles to my apt and my Verizon phone is fine, while Sprint n T Mo suck. Moral of the story? Know the details before trying to troll.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You do know if there was a 'real' tower above you, you would actually create a coverage bubble spot where coverage would actually be pretty crappy compared to about 50yards out. So having it on top of the building does nothing. Unless they are running a building only tower, closely resembling a celfi type of service. At that point it would make sense a block away that building only tower would suck. However, it all depends on where you are at. Always. The difference, TMO has a live coverage map that includes speed tests within the last 48hrs from speedtest.net, verified coverage zones from actual phones. Their latest Tmobile app now has the ability to actually report trouble tickets directly from the phone, and send it off to their team. To the point I can rate a call with bad audio, I can rate an area with poor coverage. Call in, and the agent will actually see the ticket I sent off to an engineer. that within a 3-5 day time frame actually look and work on said ticket. They are literally this confident in their service now, that they are giving users 'bitch' control over complaining.

49. ShadowHammer

Posts: 213; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I will second that T-Mobile has good coverage maps. Much better than Verizon's. I'm not saying their coverage is better, just that the way they display spatial data is better. I also really like that they have a honeycomb system showing verified customer coverage locations on the map. Verizon could really take some cues from that.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wow, highest speed I've gotten with my carrier is 31.73 Mbps down and 17.49 Mbps up, and that's definitely not everywhere, not even close when I'm at home, yet I'm still paying 20% more than the price T-Mobile is charging ($50) for a much better service...this carrier BS here in Canada keeps improving in annoyance...perhaps it's time to file a complaint.

19. joeym2

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

I wonder if he purposely tested it while the stadium was empty

23. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Probably the opposite. If the stadium was full there are likely far more Verizon users clogging the towers...

15. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Interesting to see that AT&T and Sprint were right there behind TMo. I bet Legere would have loved to bash them as well. I'm almost wondering if TMo, AT&T and Sprint all added additional temporary signal boosters around the arena to help compensate for the heavily concentrated wireless use during that weekend. If so, then Verizon should have done so as well. Either way, according to that picture, Verizon wasn't lacking in signal strength, just speeds.

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

T-Mobile and Verizon got no chill AT ALL hahaha!!

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

100 Mbps, this is crazy. So you get these speeds everywhere. It's faster than my WiFi LOL(80 Mbps).

10. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

ive seen some people get up to 120Mbps on sprint as well. tmobile and sprint are making some good improvements and giving the big 2 a run for their money

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not everywhere, but their network average is rather high on last check, higher than V in a good number of spots. Basically TMO is quickly, becoming pain to Verizon, in a good majority of areas...some rural still suffers.

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

IMO T Mo would have to get in line to be a pain to Verizon. In my unscientific testing Verizon and AT&T are really close in network coverage. Sprint and T Mo behind those 2. Maybe T Mobile is in 3rd place. But they have to deal with AT&T for 2nd place.

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I don't know about get in line. Here in my city, TMO crushes them...however TMO has a presence here along with Verizon, they both have huge 1000 employee call centers here. But as stated, it always depends on where you are. For me, Verizon is simply an oversized pain, everyone I know left them ages ago. And the ones that left TMO back in the day, now have come back after they see my unlocked ATT phone kicking the crap out of their phones coverage.

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

He sat in every seat in the stadium before he got Tmo signal in order to the speed test.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Said no one ever.

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