Smartphone makers put a lot of effort into making each new generation of devices faster and more reliable than previous one. However, even the best smartphone in the world, wouldn’t be of much use without internet connection, since smartphones are smart only when they have access to cellular data or Wi-Fi. That said, unless you have constant access to Wi-Fi, you need to rely on your carrier for internet connection. Wondering which US carrier offers the best mobile internet experience? Here are the results of a test on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint carried out by OpenSignal.
OpenSignal conducted a test which compares Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in various aspects. According to the results, the Magenta network should be proud of itself.
The company analyzed four US major carriers, that is AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, in terms of such aspects as network availability, speed (4G and 3G) and latency. The results show that if network availability, that is the proportion of time LTE subscribers on each network have a 4G (LTE) connection available to them, is your priority, then Verizon would be your best choice with the score of 85.89%. T-Mobile is not far behind with the score of 83.20% followed by AT&T (80.37%). Sprint appears to be the least reliable network providing access to 4G data only for 69.85% of the time.
As far as speed test results are concerned, T-Mobile proved the best with average 4G download speed being 16.28Mbps. Verizon isn’t much worse – the carrier scored 15.94Mbps. The third place again belongs to AT&T with download speed of 12.83Mbps and Sprint closes the list with speeds of 9.36Mbps. When it comes to 3G speeds, T-Mobile again is the winner though this time it leaves the competition far behind. The Magenta network is capable of reaching average 3G speed of 4.59Mbps, while AT&T, Sprint and Verizon scored 3.01Mbps, 0.92Mbps and 0.83Mbps, respectively. Consequently, the first place for overall download speed goes to T-Mobile.
T-Mobile also scored the best in the test on latency (the delay data experiences as it travels between points in the network) on 3G connection – 98.91ms. AT&T was second best with the score of 124.55ms, while Sprint and Verizon scored 149.95ms and 177.36ms, respectively. In 4G latency excelled Sprint with the score of 57.06ms and the rest of the carriers are pretty close to each other: Verizon – 60.47ms, T-Mobile – 61.55ms and AT&T 64.71ms.
The results clearly show that T-Mobile is the winner scoring best in four out of six categories. The only carrier with no first place was AT&T, with Verizon and Sprint both excelling in one test. Of course, the results will vary by location, but you get the idea of what to expect, at least more or less, from each carrier.