Verizon vs AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint best 2018 network tests usher a red wave

Verizon vs AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint best 2018 network tests usher a red wave
Verizon's network download speeds and coverage have been deemed "best" many times by RootMetrics, the testing company that Big Red uses to gauge the "state of the networks," and the first half of 2018 is no exception, for the 10th time in a row. RootMetrics is a network testing subsidiary of IHS, the big research shop, and they conduct millions of measurement points on off-the-shelf carrier smartphones, with hundreds of thousands of miles walked or driven across the US to gauge performance in and out of metropolitan areas.

Verizon vs AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint best 2018 network tests usher a red wave


Verizon took the cake in all categories this time, like speed or reliability, but even texting, which went to AT&T previously. The kicker, however, is that in nearly all of the brackets, the difference between the carriers - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile - can't be considered huge by any means, or one that would preclude you from getting a phone from any of these carriers based solely on the RootMetrics sampling. 


T-Mobile, for instance, clocked the fastest network speed measure with 60+ Mbps in Flint, Michigan, but on average its speeds were on par with Verizon or AT&T, while with texting the situation was as follows:

Verizon vs AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint best 2018 network tests usher a red wave


When it comes to coverage, though - well, that's a totally different story, but if you intend to hang downtown only, it seems that any of them would do the trick, while the occasional highway or boondocks travel may leave you wishing you were with the top two. 

Still, Verizon took the metro areas award, too, for consistent speed and reliability, followed by a greatly improved T-Mobile tally, all at the expense of AT&T's performance there. Here's the RootMetrics overall ranking of all four major US carriers for the January-June period of 2018:


source: RootMetrics

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6 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Sticking with Big Red!

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2327; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I’m kind of tired of these independent network telecommunications reliability and quality tests. They’re always so contradicting on a given week/month. I’m almost doubting the credibility of any which one I see. Each of these organizations seems to have been bought off by a telecom of choice to skew the results and finding to one company a whims notice

3. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

It's funny how At&t always scores worse than TMOBILE in nearly everything They should really do something about it . Like for example here In LA I know people on both with the latest phones . And T-Mobile is always faster and better even holding a signal in buldings than At&t were a few years ago it was the opposite . Same with speeds Att LTE is a lot slower than TMOBILE and I mean usually a lot slower. I just don't get it? I'm sure they have the money why don't they improve their Network? I'm very surprised TMOBILE is on par with Verizon from what I seen . Many people say TMobile is faster cuz it has less people than Att . Bull I ain't buying it because Verizon has much more people than both and it's still real good and LTE is still super fast . Because I'm sure Verizon like TMOBILE invest in their Network which I guess At&t stopped doing haha

4. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Coverage is pervasive enough that the best action is to try out each provider in your specific area. It's not at all surprising that they're so close.

5. Reybanz88

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

It's very obvious that they are using subpar phones. Especially if they used any iPhone to test anything. The best phone should be used which would be a phone that can take advantage of all the carriers bands and band width. They should use the Galaxy S9+ and the one that's sold by the carriers.

6. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

2 Friends i know s9s both . At&t and T-Mobile. Like I said I seen TMOBILE always performs better . So yea ... Me I have Verizon and my friend on TMOBILE is always getting everything just as good as me sometimes better .

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