T-Mobile's interactive LTE coverage map shows how it wants to compare with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint by late 2017


If you check out the definitions of "fun" in the dictionary, checking LTE coverage maps on the Internet would definitely not be up there. Yet, it's always fun to see how the US' big four mobile carriers stack up against one another in terms of LTE coverage. Either that or we are just weird for having fun with maps and whatnot.

Anyway, T-Mobile recently released an interactive map that lets consumers do just that, i.e. see how Team Magenta stacks up against Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in an improvised coverage test. As you might imagine, that's a pretty neat idea that might be helpful if you're on the fence of switching carriers or at least pondering the idea, especially if you're living in a not so populous area.

However, said map doesn't actually allow you to do that right now.

"Wait, what? What do you mean?" See, the comparison map only shows what T-Mobile expects its LTE coverage across the States to look by the end of 2017, which means that you can't actually compare the four major carriers' coverage, with this map at least. This also means that if you're currently living in an area that's shown as LTE-covered, you might have to wait quite a bit before you can really make use of T-Mo's 4G service.

According to the latest data from OpenSignal, Verizon's subscribers have access to the company's LTE service 88.17% of the time, whereas T-Mo is close second with its users having access to the LTE network 86.60% of the time.

You can check T-Mobile's LTE comparison tool right here, but as we mentioned, have in mind that it's showing preliminary data for T-Mobile's coverage.


source: T-Mobile

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9 Comments

1. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Lol yea right! Most of this will be "fair" coverage no signal in rural areas anyways. Not only that this does not show the other 3 carriers projected coverage like as if they are just gonna stand still.

3. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I agree with that

4. tbn27

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

I can't say for the rest of the country but I went through some rural areas in New York State and T-Mobile has lots of useable and strong LTE Coverage.

8. andrewkb

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 04, 2016

in new york. thats why. go west and theres no coverage even in the suburbs

2. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I have sprint, and Google fi, there are areas where TMobile has no signal at all when I travel. Each weekend that I go to the Poconno's Tmobile signal dries up for some family members and on my Google fi phone. To me the best coverage is Verizon bar none for people that go there.

5. tbn27

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

I agree. When I go to Bushkill, I get LTE Coverage down at the bottom of the mountain off I-80. As soon as you travel up the mountain, the coverage is ghost slowly dropping from LTE to 4G to EDGE to zilch. Only one that works up in the Moutains is verizon

7. tbn27

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

I agree. When I go to Bushkill, I get LTE Coverage down at the bottom of the mountain off I-80. As soon as you travel up the mountain, the coverage is ghost slowly dropping from LTE to 4G to EDGE to zilch. Only one that works up in the Moutains is verizon

6. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Raleigh, NC here and I have T-Mobile I can't complain $20.74 a month for Unlimited Talk/Text and 6gb of 4G LTE

9. tippy1980

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Gentlemen saying he went thru rural ny state had lots of coverage. ..I live in southern tier ny cattragus county ny freedom ny 14065 no coverage at all and once off route 400 you lose coverage real fast ....ps ...only wish tmobile would add coverage in freedom ny 14065 area .

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