Massive benchmark shows AT&T fastest mobile network, Verizon most reliable

By Rick ¬∑ 8 replies
Jun 17, 2013
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  1. If you've ever questioned the claims made by big cellular network operators like "America's fastest network", then here's an article just for you. After driving more than 20,000 miles and surveying mobile data speeds across the U.S, PCMag's data shows AT&T...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,868   +1,287

    This sounds about right. AT&T puts 90% of its infrastructure dollars into flooding the top 100 markets with more bandwidth so you can end up paying overages even quicker. Verizon usually follows suit not long after. Sprint and T-Mo are still better choices if you can get them. What good is blazing speed if you get throttled and/or charged for overages? Esp. when you're paying too much for the service?
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  3. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Been with AT&T since 2003 and Bellsouth mobility before that for 7 years. Never had issue with them or paid overages that I remember. Unlimited data as well still to this day on my Note 2. Getting 36mbs down 20 up with 4G LTE.
  4. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    Truth is that the only two networks that matter are AT&T and Verizon.
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  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Bullshit. No way Verizon is the most reliable. This is rigged lol.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,222

    Speed is important, but so is price. Sprint claims 'Unlimited Data' but you can't even stream video on their 3G network. That means you pay extra and get less.

    I went from paying $110/month for .5 Mpbs on Sprint to $80/month (that includes my phone payment) on TMobile for 11-12Mpbs. TMobile is 20 times faster in Milwaukee. If you paid for service based on speed Sprint should cost $4/Month based on TMo's rates. It's easy to get ripped off with different choices and misleading advertising. And it's not like these carriers publish speeds in major cities for helpful comparisons.
  7. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    I'm loving T-Mobile speeds here in Phoenix... Getting blazing fast 30Mbits down 11 up with pings < 50ms. Unlimited data and no throttling... very happy with my provider :) .

    Since it's a N4 and doesn't have "official" LTE aGPS can be a little funky so it says CA but it is AZ.
  8. I've had Verizon for the past 10 years and can count the amount of unreliable instances on one hand. Not only that, but when ever I'm hiking or camping, my AT&T/T Mobile buddies never have service and wind up using my phone which still has unlimited data grandfathered in. "lol"
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +648

    I guess I'm not a "typical" user. I use 1500 - 2000 minutes of voice, 1-2 gig of data, 200-300
    text messages a month. HSPA+ is fast enough, and I use wi-fi most of the time anyway.
    What good is LTE, when you can go over so quickly, and they charge you an arm & a leg for the usage? USA smartphone users get ripped off at every corner.

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