Verizon Has Fastest LTE Network in the West, While T-Mobile Tops the East in Latest Study

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Verizon has the fastest LTE network in western regions of the United States, while its up-and-coming rival T-Mobile has the top speeds throughout the east coast, according to a recent study by OpenSignal, which crowdsourced signal data from nearly 170,000 smartphone users who downloaded the OpenSignal app.


    OpenSignal divided the United States into five regions--the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West--and found that Verizon had the fastest LTE speeds in the West and Midwest, while T-Mobile was tops in the Northeast and Southeast. Verizon and T-Mobile had a statistical tie in the Southwest.

    Verizon had an average download speed of 20 Mbps in the Midwest, for example, compared to 18.4 Mbps for T-Mobile. Meanwhile, in the Northeast, T-Mobile's average download speed was 18.6 Mbps versus 17 Mbps for Verizon. OpenSignal's testing was completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.


    LTE speeds among all "Big Four" carriers in the United States, namely AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, were fastest in the Midwest overall, while lowest in the Southwest, said OpenSignal.

    The geographical breakdown is a follow-up to OpenSignal's latest State of Mobile Networks report published last week. The original report, which included a city-by-city breakdown, found Verizon had the faster network in a number of major cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

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  2. I7guy macrumors G4

    Nov 30, 2013
    What Exit?/Saguaro Country
    I'm more interested in coverage in remote locations, like the Grand Canyon, than a minute difference in speed in populated areas.
  3. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I was thinking similarly. When I last had T-Mo, I had very little coverage on my most traveled routes. I want coverage.
  4. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Is that right? 20Mbps? or MBps?

    If it is Mbps then I completely understand why we pay so much more in Canada :p

    In non-ideal conditions I get 100Mbps with 3 bars. Fair amount more with 5 bars.
  5. theshoehorn macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2010
    Even though this is done by OpenSignal... The places I frequent in WI are much better for AT&T that Verizon. So again YMMV
  6. Andres Cantu macrumors 68020

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    So Verizon and T-Mobile will be winning all the awards from now on. AT&T and Sprint need to step-up their game!
  7. Relentless Power macrumors G4

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Interesting to see how the demographic pans out. T-Mobile has grown exponentially this last year. Surprised to see how dominant they are in the east.
  8. BaccoE macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2015
    I used to think that way. But since I live in NYC, I decided to not let the tail wag the dog and left ATT for T-Mobile and haven't regretted it at all.

    However, for those that travel often in remote areas or live there, I totally understand.
  9. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    By 2020, when we get 6G networks, I honestly think the top 4 carriers will be level with coverage and offer consistent 4G/LTE & 5G/LTE+ speeds. It'll be a fight for 6G/LTE^
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    What places in WI? I've felt they've been fairly close through where we frequent, although, Verizon seems better in the northwoods than AT&T (in my testing). T-Mobile is pathetic in WI. Pretty much only roams on AT&T towers thus you get very little data to use.
  11. now i see it macrumors 65816

    Jan 2, 2002
    I've never got more than about 6 Mbps (not MB) on AT&T. More often 5-4

  12. BaccoE macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2015
  13. ehrens macrumors newbie


    Nov 4, 2013
    The posts about availability are spot-on. T-Mobile is spotty at best (at least outside of this urban core), LTE or no, and Verizon LTE seems to be everywhere. I would rather put up with a slower speed around my home if it means 4G is broadly available when I travel.
  14. Delorean2006 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2012
    I'm with you there, ATT has gotten progressively worse throughout the years. I have only seen 20mbps probably once or twice in the last few months, but its usually 1-3mpbs where I live.
  15. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    But note the "availability" line on the chart. Verizon wins everywhere. All the bandwidth won't matter if your phone can't connect to the network.

    Take a road trip away from a major city, even along major highways (e.g. the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Harrisburg and Pittsburg) and watch as the people with Verizon phones still have service (via their "extended area" coverage), while the people on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have nothing.

    I wouldn't want to have a breakdown on the side of the road without a signal. On the PA Turnpike, it can be a mile walk to the nearest emergency phone box. And if you're not on the highway, you may be completely doomed.

    2020 is only three years from now. You'll be lucky if anybody has deployed 5G by then (the equipment manufacturers are just running the first preliminary field trials now, and it can take at least a year from product availability to wide deployment by carriers). 6G doesn't exist at all, even on paper, at this time.
  16. themick4u macrumors regular


    Oct 9, 2014
    South Florida
    SE Florida here, AT&T:

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  17. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
  18. macTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 17, 2016
    Not sure how T-Mobile "tops" the east... depends on your view of "tops." Speed vs availability. Unlike Verizon, which clearly owns the west.

    People keep trying to make T-Mobile and sprint look like they beat Verizon, but on a nationwide level, nobody is even close.
  19. shareef777 macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Really!? Here's an idea, put the phone away and enjoy the Grand Canyon.

    But seriously, I'd think your home area where you use your phone the most would be more important.

    I'm in a southwest Chicago suburb and Verizon speeds are garbage (mi-fi). My ATT phone maintains a reliable connection/speed as does my wife's T-Mobile phone.
  20. daverobeson macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    The chart is missing some Bs -- it says "availaility" all over the place.
  21. pittpanthersfan macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2009
    Is anyone else's eye twitching at "4G Availaility" on the map?
  22. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
    I have no issues at all with T-Mobile I'm in the mountains close to 100 miles oustside of LA and have excellent coverage and enough speed.

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  23. vertical smile macrumors 68000

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    You say that until your car breaks down or a car accident, someone gets hurts, or a medical emergency. Then you look down at your phone and you see no signal.......

    Besides, not everyone lives in near a big city.
  24. pdshelley macrumors newbie


    Oct 26, 2016
    As for availability, I went camping with a bunch of friends a while ago and was a little bummed when everyone with Verizon still had coverage and I did not with T-Mobile. Then I realized that I was camping! The whole point was to get away from everything and "disconnect" for a while. I admit that it was difficult to not have service but in the end I am glad.

    I understand that many people live is rural areas where one provider has coverage where you live and work where others don't, this is obviously a different story and something to think about.

    The third issue that I would like to see in these charts is some sort of price comparison. For me T-Mobile is by far the less expensive option for the data and speeds that I need. I also love the international data that all T-Mobile customers get as this is something I actually use.
  25. Vasilioskn macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2010
    New York
    I have ATT on Long Island and usually get 25 down and 2 up

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