Who's fastest: Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint speed and reliability report


Gather around, carrier fandom, we've got the latest metrics on speed, reliability, latency and 3G fallback for the big four US networks, courtesy of the OpenSignal methodology. This report has become a staple in navigating through the maze of carrier claims for coverage and download speed, and there are no drastic reshuffles since the report that came out in February.

Verizon is still slightly ahead of T-Mobile when it comes down to LTE network reliability, while AT&T fell down to third place now. On the LTE speeds front, the two network performers swap places, and T-Mobile scores a tad quicker download speeds than Verizon on average. When it comes to 3G speeds, however, T-Mobile beats by a mile, both in speed and in latency, so even if you aren't covered by its LTE network, there would still be nice speeds to fall back on.

Sprint excelled in only one category, as it has the lowest 4G latency of them all, but it's AT&T that showed the most mediocre results, not earning a star in any of the supplied metrics. When it comes to actual coverage, that's a different story, but as for quality of the big four networks, T-Mobile and Verizon take the cake again.


source: OpenSignal

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29 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Netwok: T-mobile Smartphone: Samsung

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I believe I've got you beat. Network: Google Fi Smartphone: Nexus

29. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I'm also on Google Fi and can't wait to get my wife off T-Mobile. Real happy with the Fi service, the price may be high for high data users, but I rarely average more than 1 Gb/month so it's super cheap.

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

T-mobile is winning. One could only hope they dethrone AT&T or verizon one day. What scumbags they are.

6. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Love ur comment. Spot on. Att sux!!!!fn greedy b's

19. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

They aren't winning, they have nowhere near the network service of VZW. I live in Wisconsin and in half the state, t-mobile is useless. VZW is the only way to go!!!!!

25. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Allow me to rephrase it. T-Mo is winning in Wisconsin slowly...

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1842; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

T-Mobile... It's only time...

4. Rashaan75

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 17, 2015

Marcelo needs his 27 million and invest in the network! Sprint has been last for so long!

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

If only T-Mobile had better coverage. That is by far the most important thing on a cell phone so until they can win where it matters I won't jump ship

9. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

In the 2 markets I'm in most (Southeast Florida and Southeast Michigan) T-Mobile stomps the competition.

10. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

I have a line on Verizon and a line on T-Mobile. The majority of my driving is rural and there are still spots not covered as well by T-Mo, but they've decreased a lot in the last couple years. T-Mo is far faster for me. I look forward to dumping big red and their high prices!

7. libra89

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm shocked that AT&T didn't earn anything! Happy TMo customer in the DC Metro area...

8. chillywill95831

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 05, 2015

Wha wha what? If you look through the actual graphs, you'll see that T-Mobile comes in a very close second to Verizon. They have surpassed both Sprint and AT&T. They've worked hard to fill their coverage map. Maybe they're not quite there in your area, but they're coming!

26. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

AT&T is too big and too old... Too bureaucratic to make good moves.

12. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

hmmmmm, what a shame for verizon!

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Probably varies where you are. Here Verizon can't play a YouTube without buffering. Even if they were good I wouldn't use them. Not after screwing me over. Keep hearing T Mobile and Sprint has step up their game.

14. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I have tried all but Verizon. Ultimately it came down to coverage not speed for me. Speed means nothing if you do not have a signal. I tend to buy unlocked GSM phones and ATT lets me use whatever phone I want but Verizon is still limited. So for me ATT is the winner.

15. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

With T-Mobile, I hope they don't get a big head and raise their price!

16. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

4 T-Mobile lines with 6gb of LTE each 4 Phones paid for in full (2) ZTE Axon 7's, (1) OP3, (1) Nexus 6p $15 State Employee Discount Bill after taxes is usually $115ish lol not to shabby just under $30 dollars a month each.

17. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Don't understand Sprint, they need to bid in the up and coming auction for the low band 700 and 800 for building penetrating.. Their decision is puzzling.

18. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yay tmobile

20. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

T-crapile suuuucks!!!! I live in Wisconsin and the majority of the state t-mobile is worthless. VZW is the only carrier to go with!!!!!

23. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

For the fact that T-Mobile doesn't work where you live makes it "crappie"? Don't be a dolt.

24. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Funny, Milwaukee to Green Bay over the summer and I had no issues. Guess I was on the good half.

21. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

f**k it. Long live Sprint

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Awesome! T-Mobile keeps proving to be the best all around by independent studies and user feedback! This aught to shut them haters up. Kudos T-Mobile.

28. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I would Totally go over to T-Mobile if their coverage wasn't so bad in my state.

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