AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile LTE Speed

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  1. tx2005 macrumors member

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    I'm pricing out different carrier options for a 6s Plus and despite being a longtime AT&T customer, it seems like the other carriers are offering more data for less, especially on a shared plan.

    My main concern is LTE speed on Verizon and T-Mobile vs AT&T. I've always been pretty happy with the speed of LTE on AT&T and I'd hate to lose that if I switch. Do any T-mobile or Verizon customers care to mention how fast/slow LTE is for you? Any issues to know about up front? I do live in Houston so I'm not super concerned about coverage as I think all 4 us pretty well covered now.

    I'm not really considering Sprint as my gf has Sprint currently and her LTE is painfully slow compared to what I have on AT&T
     
  2. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    T-mobile is typically the fastest *if* you have coverage. With T-mobile, that's a very big if.

    Att and Verizon are pretty even.
     
  3. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Really just want to compare speeds of those company from people in Houston.
     
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  5. LimonJoe macrumors newbie

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    TMo always gave me the fastest speeds however Verizon has better and more coverage. I had TMo for a couple of years and moved to an area where TMo wasn't very useful in regards to LTE or even HSPA+. Needed to use wifi calling in the house to make calls and send/receive text.
    Switched to Verizon because I had to and I am never without LTE, anywhere I go. It may not be as fast as TMo LTE, but it is still very fast nonetheless. After all, this is a mobile computing device that's in my pocket!!!
     
  6. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    T-Mobile network is still mostly EDGE when you leave a major city so if you travel at all you want to avoid them cause doing anything on a EDGE/GPRS connection is like being stuck in 80's
     
  7. tx2005 thread starter macrumors member

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    It seems like a toss-up between AT&T and Verizon for me. Either stay with AT&T or switch to verizon and do a shared plan with my significant other. Does Verizon still not allow surf and talk? That would be a deal breaker for me.
     
  8. LimonJoe macrumors newbie

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    iPhone 6 has a "voice+data" option in LTE settings. Which also supposedly enables "HD Calling" which is supposed to be a higher quality of voice calls.
     
  9. iNinja08 macrumors regular

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    http://opensignal.com/ seems to be pretty accurate for real speeds. If you choose advance view it'll show you the speeds in your area. Looks like TMobile and Verzion are the fastest but not by much in Houston.
     
  10. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    Yes they do with VOLTE you can talk and surf at the same time
     
  11. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    If you enable VoLTE, you'll be able to talk and surf at the same time as long as you're in an LTE area
     
  12. Eddiepapi macrumors newbie

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    If Tmobile released the 700mhz in your area then I would definitely try them out. Check out the speeds I'm getting.
     

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  13. DblHelix macrumors regular

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    Here is one of my speed tests on Verizon in SF
     

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  14. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Only those in Houston can answer your question; all other replies are moot.

    RootMetrics could also give you an idea of local speeds.

    BTW, there is an entire thread where people do nothing but post their LTE speeds. Did you look there?
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/post-your-lte-speeds-and-location.1449989/
     
  15. nrrhgreg macrumors member

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    T-Mobile in Dallas this morning
     

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  16. rugmankc Contributor

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    The only way to do this is find someone with those carriers and do side-by-side tests. Preferably with same phone, but that would be hard. Otherwise speeds can change quickly even in same area. You can also take advantage of a 14 day return policy by carrier. Or, whatever equivalent they offer. I will agree TMO was horrible for me outside their city areas. Even looking at their coverage area maps on web was not accurate. I get decent ATT coverage everywhere I go for business appts and vacations. Weakest spot, ironically, is my lower floor of house. But, I am in a valley with lots of trees. I have wifi, so it only bothers phone calls occasionally.
     
  17. Anthony T macrumors 6502a

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    Having been a customer of all 3 carriers, I have to say I wasn't that impressed with Verizon. I feel like their service is very overrated. I had them for my iPhone 6 and didn't really get what all the Verizon fuss was about.

    AT&T was definitely better than Verizon from my experience, coverage and speed-wise. I had AT&T for quite some time.

    I had T-Mobile for a while on my 5S. I wasn't happy with their coverage so that's why I went to Verizon.

    I kept going over my data on Verizon so decided to give T-Mobile another shot for my new 6S Plus since they have unlimited data and supposedly better coverage now. I've been very impressed so far. Their customer service is horrible (I had one person who was great though), but their LTE has been faster than AT&T and Verizon in my experience. I'm not sure if that's because the new 6S Plus is faster or if it's the service itself, but I'm happy with T-Mobile now.
     
  18. cchs2014 macrumors member

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    I agree! I just switched from Sprint to T-Mobile and the difference is night and day. I'm so happy with T-Mobile. I live in Atlanta and T-Mobile works amazing. I'm in college and the biggest problem I've had is that one of my classes is basically in the basement of a building in the city so ALL the carriers switch from LTE (upstairs) to 'No service' in the lowest level. But today I noticed that my iPhone 6S Plus was able to snag T-Mobile's band 12 LTE. So while others had no service on their devices, my T-Mobile 6S+ was the only one hanging onto LTE. Amazing.
     
  19. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    I hope that you don't travel much or you will be severely upset when you leave the city and have to deal with the little E icon that stands for EDGE on your phone
     
  20. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You sound like a broken record from 2013.

    They've significantly expanded LTE coverage outside cities and along most major roads and highways between them since then.
     
  21. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, this is mostly outdated advice. You could amend to say "if you travel to small cities taking back roads."

    And if you travel internationally, TMO is the best option. Free roaming & texts!!
     
  22. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Eh, I was traveling with some friends a couple weeks ago, and they had no coverage or edge when I always had 3G or LTE
     
  23. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    YMMV. That's why I said "most" and not "all".
     
  24. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    The point is it's a valid concern. And I'm on the east coast which tends to have denser coverage than the rest of the country.
     
  25. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    Not out dated advice at all it's the Truth the T- Mobile network has more holes in it than swiss cheese . You have to wonder why no storm chasers use T-Mobile to stream live video or to get radar data . If it works for you and you don't travel very little then go for it :) but I could never live with GPRS and EDGE data speeds
     

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