Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile: Which is your preferred US carrier in 2017?

Having a great smartphones is one half of having a great smartphone experience: the other is having good signal and when it comes to signal, your carrier is the one that is responsible.

That is why as 2017 winds down to a close we turn to you, our readers, to share your favorite US wireless carrier.

Throughout the year, many important things happened in the wireless carrier industry. Operators now support more and more people in the most distant places in the States, with faster and wider-spread 4G LTE connectivity. Also, this important 600MHz spectrum auction happened, giving one of the carriers - T-Mobile - expanded coverage.

With all these developments, and with your personal experience at hand, which one is your preferred US wireless carrier? We have the big four, but if you do prefer some other carrier like Xfinity Mobile or Google's Project Fi, please do let us know in the comments about your time on those carriers. With no further ado, let's get to voting...

Which is your preferred carrier in 2017?

Verizon Wireless



1. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013


2. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

T-Mobile. Naaaaturally.

3. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Wow. That many people enjoy bending over. Never again Verizon. Go ________ yourself.

22. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

nah, we're just not broke and can afford what we want.

40. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

ooooo. nice burn

41. fastfreddy123

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

so you like paying more for a network that throttles speeds.​/verizon-new-unlimited-data-plan-video-throttling-​net-neutrality. lol@less then 1080p for network speeds but hey its what you want right? you just paid 1400 bucks for an iphone 10 that cant get 1080p on YOUR network. Gj Genius

46. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

To some extent, but where I live at&t outperforms verizon (east texas) in houston t mobile dominates it's all about preference, verizon, while good, is not better than at&t especially when you look over the progress of their north America network when they started it a year and a half ago.

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Some don't have any other option. Right now I have 2 choices, Verizon and AT&T. They're essentially the same. Both cover about the same amount of the country, both charge relatively the same amount for their service. The only difference is, in my area, Verizon covers more of it. I can't vote for T-Mobile because.its not available in my area, so I have no way of knowing if they're decent or not, and I've seen people who cuss them out as well, so who's to say I wouldn't have the same experience if I had them. Until I can actually use their service, I can't speak on them one way or the other.

4. Xavier1415

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Verizon duh

5. bwstonemd84

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

T-Mobile all day.

6. fahady2f

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 02, 2016

Verizon is the best.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

AT&T For my area they are the best.

8. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010


9. 1phoneman843

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

T-Mobile all day

10. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Cricket FTW! (Yeah, I know, that's AT&T.)

24. domfonusr

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Agreed. Cricket is excellent. Affordable devices, affordable service, and the coverage is AT&T. And the nicer devices (Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxies) are still available for those who have a proclivity to the "finer" brands.

31. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I had to get on AT&T towers at work, and Cricket has better prices than AT&T prepaid. Throw in $50 off an unlocked phone + SIM at Best Buy, and it was a no brainer.

11. DavidH

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 26, 2017

MintSim - a LOW cost MVNO using T-Mobile's network. Just $300 a year for unlimited talk and text and 10 GB LTE data per month.

12. fgpalm

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

In my area of upstate New York Verizon wireless seems to be the only provider that is continually building new towers. There are at least seven or eight new cell sites that have gone up around me in the last two years. Also Verizon has at least two dozen small cells up with 80+ more on the way according to a family member that works on running fiber in the area.

13. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

From past experience I'd say T-Mo but now that I work as a rep for VZW and live outside T-Mos network I have to say Verizon

14. Not_Amused321

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Tmo all day

15. MagentaWarrior88

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 26, 2017

In my personal experience, T-Mobile has always been reliable for me. I have a T-Mobile phone for personal use, and a Verizon phone for business use. Comparing the two carriers in my area (remember, I said in my area, other areas may be different), T-Mobile and Verizon have the exact same coverage.T-Mobile blows away Verizon when it comes to data speeds where I live though. T-Mobile all day, every day!

16. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

tmobile and verizon all day

17. anshephe

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 26, 2017

Ok I’ll be the first for sprint. We all live in a world now where we use our phones to mostly look t what other people in the world are doing and we pay monthly for that. I made the sprint switch and I must say it’s really good now. Yes I have a few slow areas but I’m saving 100 a month 1200 a year that’s why I like it

18. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Let’s be honest though, all carriers are a piece of s**t. They all charge too much money for what they offer. Sprint and T-Mobile should be like $10 a month. AT&T should only charge $12 a month and Verizon $12.50. Greedy MFs

21. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

What year is this, 1972?

35. B3NN377

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

And professional baseball players should be paid in bubble gum.

19. jim262

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

The ISP that charged the least and doesn't throttle my internet content. That's the one I choose.

20. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

AT&T becuase GSM and way better coverage then TMobile

26. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

I agree. The comments show how easily the masses are brainwashed by an organization such as Tmobile. They practice shady throttling and data count tactics, their coverage is trash anywhere outside a city or in a building, and they have always been anti net neutrality because they throttle the s**t out of video streams where you can only view SD even though you have the HD option. Verizon/At&T/Cricket are leaps and bounds better networks.

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