Thursday February 09, 2017

Verizon and T-Mobile in a Virtual Tie for Best US Network

Are you a Verizon or T-Mobile customer? You, apparently, have made the right choiceآ—if speed is your utmost concern, anyway. Based on data gathered from Open Signal, the two giants are pretty much neck and neck in terms of performance. T-Mobile is also coming up on Verizon when it comes to finding an LTE signal. On the flipside, AT&T and Sprint look like losers, having garnered no awards.

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Open Signal has released their State of Mobile Networks: USA report and they say Verizon has now tied T-Mobile for the fastest carrier in the United States, and the results are so close between the two that they are virtually tied for the "best." Using data collected from 169,683 users, 4,599,231,167 data points were used to measure network speeds on both 4G and 3G, network availability and latency. The data is collected by users installing the Open Signal app from Google Play or the App Store and going about their daily routine. In their analysis of the collected data, they say that Verizon has improved their 4G network speeds to pull even with T-Mobile who has traditionally done well in this category. They also mention that the average overall network speeds in the U.S. have risen slightly, and over 81% of U.S. residents have access to LTE networks.

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