OpenSignal’s crowdsourced monitoring recently detected that Verizon and T-Mobile are dead even in terms of performance and mobile network speeds.
OpenSignal discovered that 4G speeds are on the rise and the typical speeds in many cities throughout the U.S. have surpassed the national average. OpenSignal studied 36 cities from October through December, and 25 of those cities have mobile service providers which deliver average LTE speeds that are faster than 20 Mbps (megabits per second).
According to the study, the city with the fastest 4G speeds is Detroit. In Detroit, both Verizon and T-Mobile have an average LTE download speed of more than 25 Mbps. Chicago and Minneapolis have at least one operator with average 4G speeds of 25 Mbps or greater.
This study was based on 4.6 billion crowdsourced data points which were measured through its mobile app. These data points are used by nearly 170,000 people throughout the U.S.
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The following statement is a direct quote from the OpenSignal report: “Verizon has clearly taken exception to T-Mobile’s recent attempts to steal the network spotlight,” the new report noted. “Verizon is fighting back with 4G upgrades of its own, and as our latest results in the U.S. show, it’s doing so quite effectively. The two are again tied in network speeds in our tests, but T-Mobile continues to chip away at Verizon’s vaunted lead in 4G availability.”
The report showed that Verizon currently offers the highest 4G availability rates with those speeds available 88.2 percent of the time. While T-Mobile is only two percentage points behind, OpenSignal stated that that’s the closest that they’ve ever it.
According to OpenSignal, the top four wireless carriers in the U.S., Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T have all improved their 4G availability scores over the past six months. Sprint is in the fourth place in regards to availability. However, they have improved their performance by almost seven percentage points within that time.
Yesterday T-Mobile CTO Nevil Ray stated that the new OpenSignal report shows that his company’s LTE network building efforts have “pushed the industry to try to catch up.”
If your wireless carrier is Verizon would you consider switching to T-Mobile after reading the results of the reports done by OpenSignal? Please let me know your thoughts about this in the comment section below.