AT&T Named 2019's Fastest U.S. Mobile Network in Annual PCMag Carrier Showdown

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AT&T is the fastest mobile network in the United States according to PCMag's latest annual mobile network comparison, which was released this morning.

    For the test, PCMag employees drove through 30 cities and 25 states across the U.S. and ran more than 60,000 mobile speed tests to determine the speediest mobile network. The tests were conducted using Samsung Galaxy S10 devices on networks from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.


    This year, AT&T edged out Verizon, the winner for the past five years, thanks to AT&T's focus on improving its LTE network in preparation for 5G technology. While all four networks improved overall on both speed and reliability compared to last year, AT&T improved a bit more than the others.


    AT&T won or tied for first place in 15 of the 30 cities tested, and it tied or came out on top in all rural regions. AT&T was on top overall in the northwest, southwest, north central, and northeast, while Verizon won in the south central region and T-Mobile came out ahead in the southeast.


    AT&T has been making improvements to its 4G network and has been labeling those 4G enhancements as "5GE," but really it's the same 4G LTE technology offered by other wireless companies as well. Still, these efforts to improve the 4G network ahead of 5G have led to overall speed boosts for AT&T customers.

    The full results of PCMag's 2019 mobile carrier speed testing can be found over on the PCMag website.

    Article Link: AT&T Named 2019's Fastest U.S. Mobile Network in Annual PCMag Carrier Showdown
  2. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Same as my results. When I lived in the SouthEast (North Carolina), I found T-Mobile to be the best. I now live in the NorthEast (New York) and find AT&T to be the best.
  3. ovo6 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2015
    Well I’m going to try t mobile for the 2020 iPhone , looking at that chart it’s 100% right , in Miami att coverage is gray but the internet is super slow on large crows , traffic and I’m on the unlimited plan , also 22gb limit is crap
  4. BootsWalking macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2014
    When AT&T is fast, it's fast. But when you're in a bad reception or congested area, no matter if it's in the middle of a big city, then you'll be cursing your iPhone like it was the 3G. I've called them countless times to see when they plan new towers in the areas I have trouble and they never have an answer for me.
  5. genegraygsm macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2019
    Very interesting. I would disagree a little bit with this map. SoCal's AT&T service is horrible. When I was in west TX, AT&T was king and had better service. I have a feeling this is based on the major cities skewing the number. Although, everywhere I've gone I always had a Verizon Signal. Maybe AT&T is finally figuring out their over congestion. We will see what happens with the new 5G network continues to roll out and measure those download speeds. :)
  6. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Where I am AT&T is the CRAPPIEST cell network...
  7. geenosr macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2007
    Wow....that 5G Evolution! I thought it was just marketing but I guess if you believe something with enough effort, maybe it comes true!
  8. munpip214 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    Ha. Average 4G download speeds of 50Mbps+. I don't think I've ever seen higher than 30... Maybe they drove around at night right next to towers...
  9. Unity451 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2011
  10. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    interesting. when i switched from att to t-mo in nyc i didn't notice any difference. of course that was about 5 years ago, perhaps att has been at it...
  11. msama macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    Living in South Central I'm happy to have verizon, when I visit the southwest not so much... so from my experience that map seems pretty accurate
  12. ovo6 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2015
    Exactly I’m not even close to my 22gb throttling and I experience this while my friends with t mobile internet working fine
  13. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I mean, T-Mobile is more than capable when you consider the price, and it doesn't even throttle you until you get to 50GB. The difference isn't that big, especially on a phone. They're all so fast now that I consider price, data caps and coverage to be more important.
  14. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
  15. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    In TN, my experience has been that Verizon is significantly better than AT&T and Sprint. Perhaps that is changing but I haven’t yet seen evidence.
  16. ersan191 macrumors 65816

    Oct 26, 2013
    I feel like the people running these tests just have no idea what they’re doing. The results are completely random every time.
  17. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    Who here switched to ATT back when it was the exclusive iPhone carrier. I remember getting one of the original iPhones while still on t-mobile, unlocked with the devteam or ghotz tools. It didn't support everything out of the box on the tmo network, but tmo support guys had figured out how to work with jailbroken iPhones. I finally went to ATT for the 3gs and am too lazy to switch now. Verizon must be kicking themselves for not launching first.
  18. Stryder541 macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2011
    I’ve had AT&T since the Cingular Wireless days and CS has gradually improved from god-awful to very good in the last three encounters. They truly seem to want to make you happy. Competition? I don’t know.
  19. k1121j, Jun 20, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2019

    k1121j macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    New Hampshire
    Only 30 cities in 25 states hardly a representation of the country. I have ATT and love em but geez who are we fooling here with these stats.
  20. jshort macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Also what about actually using your phone as a phone and talking on it with your mouth.. Verizon wins that most everywhere in the Southeast in my experience. T-Mobile is terrible at that in the south and rural areas nationally.
  21. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    In my experience, the carrier speeds vary between locations.

    I'm sure there are some locations where even Sprint comes out on top :).
  22. tnkrmdc macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
    Verizon has good coverage where I live. AT&T crappy coverage. T-Mobile and Sprint practically has no coverage. Speed tests don’t really matter.
  23. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    That is all academic. What is important, is the quality of coverage for an individual, where he or she resides and traverses.
  24. biglipps66 macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Having both AT&T and Verizon phones, Verizon is hands down insanely more reliable and faster in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
  25. GoodWheaties macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    I’ve had the same experience here. In my area most people I know keep LTE turned off because it is far slower than 4G. Like literally almost nothing will even load with LTE on.

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