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OpenSignal Data Reveals T-Mobile Has Top Mobile Data Speed in the US

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Back in February, Verizon and AT&T brought back their unlimited plans as a way of competing with the unlimited data plans offered by T-Mobile and Sprint. Ever since then, this action by Verizon and AT&T was met with fervor, as evident by the demand.

Today, data from OpenSignal, a mobile network measurement company, shows that Verizon and AT&T's decision to reinstate unlimited data plans may have not been a wise move for the company after all. As a matter of fact, their findings show that these plans have been slowing down the mobile speed used by Verizon and AT&T customers.

The results of OpenSignal's biannual study of US mobile networks showed that T-Mobile topped the list on all categories, including LTE availability, 3G/LTE download speed, and 3G/LTE latency.

OpenSignal believes that the reason behind Verizon and AT&T's low results is because they bring slower speeds. As compared to both T-Mobile and Sprint, who have been offering unlimited data plans longer, Verizon and AT&T have not met the data demand since they reinstated their unlimited data plans. This has been a result by either gaining more customers or more data usage. And because these two companies have almost twice as much subscribers compared to T-Mobile and Sprint, any change in their offers could have a bigger impact on the network.

Recode shares that ever since Verizon and AT&T introduced its unlimited plans, there was a noticeable decline in their data speeds. Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Sprint were slowly able to account for the increase in data demand. As a result, their speeds were not affected this year. This can be seen on the report OpenSignal released back in February.

At the start of 2017, Verizon and T-Mobile were tied for roughly the same speed. The new report, however, show that T-Mobile has outranked Verizon's average LTE download speed at 17.5 Mbps to 14.9 Mbps.


Verizon has reached out to Recode through an email as it contested the findings. 


“We constantly monitor our network performance. The launch of our unlimited data plans has not impacted wireless speeds on our network.”

AT&T has also taken an issue with OpenSignal's findings, stating that its data transmissions remain unaffected by the presumed increase in traffic. The company sent an email to FierceWireless.

"We constantly monitor our network performance. The launch of our unlimited data plans has not impacted wireless data speeds on our network."

Never one to pass up an opportunity, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has taken to Twitter to relish in the findings of OpenSignal.


Although OpenSignal's findings reveal that T-Mobile has won the nationwide metrics, it also shows that out of the 32 metropolitan markets, the Un-carrier faced Verizon as a tough competitor. One of the two carriers have either topped or tied for 4G speed and availability.

OpenSignal collected data from over five billion measurements between 172,919 U.S. smartphones for this report. The data was collected throughout June through its signal mapping app.


Source: Recode, FierceWireless

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  1. My practical application experience with TMUS has been numerous 0Mbps instances and a super crappy "extended range" LTE which should be called "extended choke" LTE for being unusable. It is just enough to keep your phone from displaying "no service." It's service with no service. When the fat 600Mhz band is deployed, I'd be very interested.

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    1. I love T-Mobile extended-range. But there isn't enough of it. You are right there's so many places of zero speed.

      Open signal under emphasizes those places with zero speed, and that is one of the problems with this study.

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    2. Completely useless to every other reader. Repeating this a dozens of times does not change that.

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    3. T-mobile's "extended range" LTE is the same as AT&T and Verizon's "regular range" LTE. T-mobile had to put some marketing spin on their prolonged lack of low band spectrum. "Wow, look at us! We finally use the 700 Mhz band, like the other carriers had for years before us!"

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    4. The extended range used to work well. Not any more.

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  2. Their cellular network is T-mobile ? Sprint ? with roaming ?

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  3. The question is, how does Tmo fare versus Big Red in rural and suburban markets?

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  4. Twice as MANY (not "much") subscribers. Thank you.

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    1. You need to be fewer pedantic.

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  5. My practical application experience with TMUS has NEVER been 0Mbps instances and always gives great "extended range" LTE which should be called "extended LONG RANGE" LTE for being wonderfully usable. It is more than enough to keep your phone displaying full bars. It's great service. When the fat 600 Mhz band is deployed, it will be even better!

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    1. One can pretend there is never 0Mbps all they want ;)

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  6. Tmobile is clearly buying al this self proclaimed phoney baloney,in fact they are the worst in terms of signal reliability and traveling all over the east coast,i can tell you that even sprint signal is better and more reliable...verizon and at&t are the VERY BEST AND HAVE SERVICE EVERYWHERE,ALTHOUGH SLOWER SPEEDS.

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  7. If you want to know which carrier has the best average nation-wide mobile network experience on the one tested phone model, use RootMetics. Very handy for people who are on the run visiting every spot in the USA. For everyone else, not so much. Verizon has been paying RootMetrics for every test, and they both are happy with the results. Don't expect this to change much in the near future.

    If you want to know what the average network experience is for subscribers who have chosen each of the major carriers because they met their coverage and other needs, use OpenSignal results. Far more helpful for the average person, who does not visit every spot in the US. And the results reflect performance of all 173,000 phones used over 3 months of testing, not four copies of one phone model.

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    1. "Verizon has been paying RootMetrics for every test, and they both are happy with the results."

      If this is true and you know this, Verizon's competitors would too. So why is it that Verizon hasn't been sued for false advertising, when they're happily declaring RootMetrics as the largest independent company/test?

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    2. "If you want to know which carrier has the best average nation-wide mobile network experience on the one tested phone model, use RootMetics"

      Sorry, RoorMetrics won't tell you this , because it lacks random selection.
      Far more helpful for the average person, who does not visit every spot in the US"

      Very untrue. The average person visits places independent pf Róot Metrics' slanted location selection process.
      Take Statistics 101 and get back with us...

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  8. Title should read "dubiously claims" in place of "reveals."
    Please don't fall for every far-fetched claim that comes along. In all probably it was paid for by TMobile.

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  9. LOL, of course it's less speed! Oh gosh, magenta can't stay low as usual. At least Jon provides free entertainment...when Tmo dies, he might take a job in that area.

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