Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile: whose users spend the least time on Wi-Fi?

Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile: whose users spend the least time on Wi-Fi?
Surprise, surprise, people stop running around like headless chickens looking for a free Wi-Fi spot when you introduce unlimited mobile data plans. That's exactly what the big four US carriers have witnessed since December, according to the latest OpenSignal report, and the downward trend in Wi-fi usage is likely to continue unabated.

Time spent on Wi-fi fell 3% for both Verizon and AT&T customers on average in that period, reaching historic lows of 49% and 51%, respectively. T-Mobile is now on 41%, or a two percentage points drop, but Sprint didn't witness any changes (cue the coverage jokes here). 

As you deduced from our unlimited data plans comparison, the market forces have become the great equalizer, and all big carriers now sport plans that are very close to each other when it comes to pricing, though T-Mobile is way ahead when it comes to throttling caps.

That trend is reflected in Wi-fi usage, too. A year ago, the gap between time on Wi-fi for T-Mobile and Sprint, on one hand, and AT&T or Verizon, on the other, was larger, but now that they all offer competitive unlimited plans, that chasm is shrinking. T-Mobile customers are still the least likely to be on Wi-fi among the big four US carriers, though.

source: OpenSignal



1. applesnapple93

Posts: 312; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

well I mean... I'm assuming if you're on tmobile you cant afford the best wifi. numbers make sense.

2. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This wasn't even good for being a thinly veiled jab at T-Mobile. The lack of effort was far more offensive than the insult. As a tip, insults work better when they're grounded in some kind of logic or plausibility.

4. Xtraflossy

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 13, 2018

Since BingeOn, I don't even bother with switching to my wifi. Nothing counts against it in my day to day. Netflix at work on a Friday? Not even a second thought about my data use.

5. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Man that comment makes more sense for sprint subscribers. Tmobile is marginally less expensive than the rest

6. musicman1039

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2018

Grammar is hard huh....You know, I learned on the internet through my phone carrier T-Mobile that if you’re going to talk s**t, at least capitalize the first letter of your sentences

3. tazzmissionx

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 2015

Tmobile seems to have cheaper unlimited plans and when you also factor in that their data cap is much higher than other carriers, it is an easy choice unless you don't live in an area with good Tmobile service.

7. The2ndflood

Posts: 7; Member since: May 15, 2018

I need longer trust Opensignal. They seem to have sold their soul to T-Mobile. Anything and everything, is in favor of T-Mobile, reqardless of how all other tests, from every other company, prove. This on top of the fact of how weak Opensignal's testing ability truly is.

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