US carriers get ranked by latency, T-Mobile snatches a close win
posted by Chris P. / Nov 06, 2013, 10:11 AM
Ask anybody that does serious gaming, or even casuals that have had to go through the nightmare that video chats are on a high-latency connection. Suddenly, all that bandwidth becomes entirely redundant, as latency is the time it takes for any one packet (or a bunch of them) to make the trek between the source and the target, which is what really counts in a real time environment. FierceWireless, teaming up with OpenSignal (an app), have taken to the task of compiling a quick latency comparison between what it calls Tier 1 carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile – and their respective networks.
Looking at the scores, T-Mobile, the smallest of the contestants, actually ends at the top, across its myriad of 3G and 4G LTE networks. As you can see, the carriers have been grouped in two groups of two, as they rely on different technologies, though we could simplify (dangerous) things by saying that UMTS, HSPA, HSPAP, eHRPD and UMTS are essentially all technical standards based on 3G networks. Now that we've exhausted the confusing technical abbreviations, it's to time feast our eyes on the results below.
In all honesty, the differences are pretty minor for the most part, especially on the 4G LTE front, which is what currently counts for most. That being said, Sprint's 3G infrastructure is significantly slower than the rest.
Some of you may feel like disregarding data such as this, but it's more than likely that latency will play an increasingly important role in your overall mobile experience as we go ahead.
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I feel like trying out Tmobile prepaid just to check it out. So far, my Sprint 3g is horrible.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 10:24 AM 2
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Get a prepaid T-Mobile SIm card for $10 athttp://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/sim-card Active the $30 a month 5GB of data, unlimited texts, 100 minutes plan and try it out! I did, and now I'm a happy T-Mobile postpaid customer!
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 10:43 AM 2
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Don't sleep on T-Mobile! Side note: Who mixed up the colors on the chart?
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 10:26 AM 17
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Sprint has the worst 3G? No SH!!!!t
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 10:33 AM 9
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Look at T-Mobile being #1 and Sprint in dead last. ;)
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 10:52 AM 4
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Does Sprint being last surprise you
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 11:19 AM 2
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T-Mobile might have the lowest latency on their UMTS/HSPA+/LTE networks, but what of their 2G/EDGE network? That network makes up the majority of their coverage areas. People cannot keep bashing Sprint for their inexcusably slow 3G network and forget that T-Mobile has similar issues with their 2G network. At least Sprint has announced doing something about their entire footprint, what about T-Mobile?
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 11:03 AM 2
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"At least Sprint has announced doing something about their entire footprint, what about T-Mobile?" How's that plan doing for Sprint? They've been charging $10 extra for smartphones users for YEARS and what do the users get in return? 3G connection with 2G speed.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 1:16 PM 1
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well over here in los angeles u want speed a good ping and good latency u have 2 choices At&t or tmobile and maybe sprint if u live in the few areas sprint has lte in La Its not that bad ,verizon might have the best nationwide coverage but its lte well over here in La its the slowest.I and like some people i know left verizon for slow data the last phone i had with them was s4 ,sometimes it didnt make sense i would get 1 dwn and ,10 up with full bars lte standing outside the download was always pretty bad and the upload good. And besides it didnt even get good service in buildings i tought verizon lte used 700 mhz for good signal in buildings deep in most stores i would drop dwn to 3G evdo . I know 2 people with verizon both have iphone 5s and complain about slow data aswell. Now on att and tmobile huge difference in speed ,att is my work phone tmobile my personal phone couldnt be hapoier they both get more than 10mbps something verizon rarely got . And att keeps lte deep in buildings something verizon didnt do i cant say the same for tmobile in most buildings it drops dwn to edge but yea couldnt be happier with both att n tmobile never going back to verizon again.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 11:20 AM 0
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CDMA has some HUGE latency....
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 11:57 AM 0
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Duh. GSM is the way to go.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 12:36 PM 0
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Networks are much more about implementation than technology. All the US cdma carriers decided not to go CDMA Rev B (packet data added to CDMA rev a campared to UMTS HSDPA+ is their version of packet data CDMA) they decided to leap frog to LTE. Keep in mind that HSDPA+ is cdma.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 11:44 PM 0
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I happen to like my carrier, T-Mobile. Can't say the same for when I was on Sprint.
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 11:58 AM 0
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"It feels like pretty much nobody likes his carrier" ...... Dear PhoneArena, Please speak for yourself, I ♥ my carrier (Verizon) and I ♥ the blazingly fast Unlimited 4G LTE I get on it for $23.99! lol... and, NO THROTTLING!
posted on Nov 06, 2013, 8:25 PM 0
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