Verizon once again ranked king of the U.S. carriers

Though Verizon is not always the subject of great press, keeping almost 150 million subscribers happy at all times is quite the unenviable task. One of the reasons why it is the largest mobile carrier in the United States is that, on all-round performance, its services are difficult to match. Though T-Mobile and John Legere have made great strides in an effort to break the Verizon-AT&T duopoly, research gathered by RootMetrics has placed Big Red atop six tests on reliability, speed, data, text, calls and overall. 

The figures took into account various aspects of network performance throughout the first half of this year. While Verizon comfortably claimed the gold medal in every category, RootMetrics ranked AT&T a close second as a "strong number-two performer behind Verizon at the national level." 

Sprint and T-Mobile managed third and fourth respectively in RootMetrics' findings. Both were found to be at their strongest in built-up, metropolitan areas, though T-Mo's general nationwide call coverage fell alarmingly short of its three main rivals. The tireless efforts of RootMetrics' research spanned the entirety of the U.S. population, leaving little doubt as to the conclusions drawn. 

The full report makes for an intriguing read, which you may find at the source. RootMetrics has also posted a video summary of its findings, which we've embedded below. 

source: RootMetrics via DroidLife



1. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013


2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I have dropped more calls in the last week I've been with T-Mobile than I've had in the past year with ATT. Calls are horrible with T-Mobile. They concentrate on data but forgot about calling.

4. countryashell334

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Exactly. All you you hear about in the advertisements is Data speeds.

11. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They're bound to be more focused on their data speeds, allowances, and plans for their ads. Fact is, in my area, Verizon has had LTE service since 2012, while T-Mobile JUST rolled out LTE here. It's a small area in North Idaho, but it's also next to Spokane, WA which is pretty big. No reason not to have rolled it out sooner. Then I get a TMO SIM and try it out, and the LTE service at best was 5mbps, while VZW here hits 30mbps easy, and often times hitting 50mbps. They can be cheap and have unlimited data and pretty pink uniforms but at the end of the day when I go to play on my phone, there's no way I could rely on T-Mobile. Not here.

8. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I honestly think it literally depends on the market. I had TMO for over 4 years and switched to ATT since I travel a good amount however, locally the coverage is garbage. Literally never have more than 2 bars max regardless of my area. Most calls and text do not come through and WiFi calling is just horrendous. Sad part is I actually live on the nice side of my city which is what confuses me the most about it


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

No one is talking about Sprint's higher rating than T-Mobile..... crickets..... crickets.

15. portugeek

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 11, 2016

I'm sure Sprint will release a stupid commercial soon enough.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Sounds like TMobile hate-rade going on here

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

"RootMetrics ranked AT&T a close second as a "strong number-two performer behind Verizon at the national level." If we're being truthful, I'd say both Verizon and AT&T are "number two" performers. ;-)

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2271; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Feels good to be on the best network....Going on 12 years...

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

2 decades and going for me. Was with GTE, but VZW bought them out a couple years after. I like their network as far as quality. But they keep wrecking the handsets and I get tired of that removing my options game they play. For what they charge I want my VZW handset to be just like everyone else. I have the GSM and VZW variant of the Note 7.

12. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I've been with them since the gte buy as well. One day I called them and James Earl Jones answered lol. Not actually him, but he was their voice in the late 90's. They're mostly evil, but they do have the best coverage in my city and area. I'm also a loyal sob and don't exactly like change.

6. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hey Verizon! You know what you can do? Crooked network. At least where I'm at AT&T is better. They're crooked too but not at Verizon levels. Gets on my nerves when I have to show everyone YouTube videos because there phones won't stop buffering. Like I said if you don't like Verizon changing the way your phones were design to work, leave them. Hurt them where it hurts. There wallet.

9. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's not included but I will still gonna say this, I HATE TRACFONE!

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

16. Fona13A unregistered

It's better than the crap you get with Boost and Virgin. Also it's all on Verizon's lap how you activate a new account with CDMA phones having to trial their prepaid first, not TracFones fault.

14. anubis13k

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

They should have done testing in Santa Cruz, California, data speeds are so slow. From 7am to 11pm I will be lucky if my data speeds pass 3mbps. Soon I will be moving another carrier after being with Verizon for 12 years

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