Tests show AT&T's LTE network is fastest, T-Mobile's HSPA+ "faster" than Sprint's LTE

Every year, PCMag drives all around the country to test the wireless carrier networks in 30 different states. The tests are pretty impressive, and quite helpful for those of you who may be unhappy with your service and looking to switch. This year, the big winner was AT&T, which proved to have the fastest LTE, but there were other surprises in the testing as well...
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20. Maverick1

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 30, 2012

Like everyone has said...... Location Location Location

19. techaman unregistered

with sprint it takes me 5 to 10 mins to open a full webpage thats chached.

22. Maverick1

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 30, 2012

With 3G I get 132ms Ping; 2.45Mbps down & 0.77Mbps up so it takes 5-10 seconds to open anything on the net and on 4G LTE it's instant.

37. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

if it's cached then that's not Sprint, that's your phone

21. techaman unregistered

and i am outside of dc the usa capital they had lte in cuba before here who cares about cuba people, am paying 90 a month for crap nothing,

24. RagingCalm

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I carry a phone or hotspot from each carrier and travel a lot, and data wise Verizon is consistently the best. T-Mobile are good where they are good but suck where they suck. Five bars of T-Mobile LTE in Vegas or 4G in LA and I consitently can't even open a google map. Sprint are defintely the worst, coverage is spotty most places and data rates suck.

38. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

Sprint doesn't have data rates, they have unlimited data so the rates are only for voice

32. Monster.Ninja

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I would be happy with sprint if i could just get a signal strong enough to stream spotify or slacker without having it cut in and out.while jogging around town...

34. sun0066

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

I had sprint in the miami area and it was horrible , 3g speed are really slow, that make the internet useless , so the data is unlimited but you can no use it and it is very laggy, so I went to att and everything works as it should, anywhere , perfectly at least in south florida. I went to asheville NC and the signal was not good but still better than sprint, then go figure it out.

35. jsjr76

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

T-mobile LTE just went live in Atlanta and I got 37 up and 16 down. That's 35 miles north of the city in Woodstock. That's off of the Atlanta connection via the Speedtest app. Not bad for its first week in Atl. Good for you T-Mo. Sprint, you're the fat kid in the zombie apocalypse. Prepare to be munched. AT&T, you ain't far behind.
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