The Fastest Wireless Carriers Are Verizon And T-Mobile


OpenSignal’s crowdsourced monitoring recently detected that Verizon and T-Mobile are dead even in terms of performance and mobile network speeds.

The Fastest Wireless CarrierOpenSignal 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.



  1. Hey Marvin,
    This is a great post comparing phone carriers. I’ve always been confused about which ones were the best and if that even meant anything in regards to what they should be charging me. I’ve heard that Verizon is the best, but generally they are all the same. I’d pay more for quality, but is even that much more that I’m paying for?

    • Hi Anthony, I’ve used both services, for many years I had Verizon and I switched to T-Mobile about 7 months ago because I got tired of all the hidden fees on my Verizon bill. Verizon provides a great service, for many years their service was significantly better than the competition. However, things have changed a bit because T-Mobile has closed the gap, when it comes to performance, I haven’t noticed much difference between the two services.

  2. Hi, Marvin, Good comparison and complete research on this 4 service providers in United states. For me, I will prefer to go for mobile network providers that have the strong network as well as improving their speed from time to time.

    As a result, I might consider changing to T-mobile after reading this report.

  3. I’ve had both T-mobile and Verizon and I know for a fact that Verizon is terrible. I’ve also had Cricket and I thought they were pretty good. I think that Verizon and Sprint are just names at this point like Apple. They might have been good at some point but they just aren’t great anymore and a little over priced. T-Mobile has never done something weird to my bill also. They are always even and good.

    • Thanks for the feedback Markus, I like Verizon and T-Mobile but when I had Verizon there were always some type hidden charges appearing on my bill, but T-Mobile does not do that and they’re cheaper.


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