Who has the fastest 4G or 4G LTE Network where I live? At&t, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless Speedtest
One of the perks of writing for GadgetNerdly is getting the chance to use a lot of the latest smartphones as they become available. This week, I found myself with six different phones on three different carriers and I was reminded of a question that a good friend of mine recently asked. The friend in question currently uses a old feature phone, but is preparing to purchase his first smartphone soon and he was curious about the 4G data speeds from the different carriers with coverage in our area. Basically, he wanted to know who has the fastest 4G or 4G LTE network in Muncie, Indiana.
Of the phones currently in my possession, I have at least one on Verizon Wireless, At&t and T-Mobile. So I decided to test each of the three networks as fairly as possible, and report the results. — Sorry, I can’t test Sprint’s network in my area because they haven’t sent me any review units.
Before we get started, I must say that tests like this are sorda pointless for most people, the results will only apply for my immediate area, and wont mean much of anything about the data speeds where you live. Also, I’m not sure how accurate these tests are to being with. I have personally seen faster results from each of the three networks than the results I am posting today. These results are just an example of the speeds I was getting at that exact location and time, and I’m sure that if I tested all three networks again tomorrow, the results would change slightly.
Now that we have all of that out of the way, I will explain how I conducted the tests. First, I searched my property for a location where each of the three devices showed the same amount of bars worth of 4G on their signal indicators. It took a little while, but I eventually found a suitable location and I placed all of the devices in the same spot for testing. All three devices had 2 bars showing during the entirety of testing. I know the meaning of bars on a signal indicator can vary between two different devices, but I did the best I could do with what I had to work with. Also, all three of the devices I used are running Google’s Android operating system and I used the Speedtest.net app for the actual tests. I tested each device one after the other until each had ran the test five times. To ensure the most accurate results possible, I only ran one test at a time, and I moved the other devices out of the area while tests were running. Here are the results:
At&t’s 4G LTE network as tested on the LG Optimus G, all speeds are in kilobits per second. Click to view screen cap of the test results.
T-Mobile’s HSPA+4G network, as tested on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, all speeds are in kilobits per second. Click to view screen cap of the test results.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, as tested on the Samsung Galaxy Stellar, all speeds are in kilobits per second. Click to view screen cap of the test results.
There you have it, at that moment and location, 2 bars worth of T-Mobile’s HSPA+4G network beat out 2 bars worth of the 4G LTE networks offered by both Verizon Wireless and At&t. The results were a little surprising to me, and like I said, I’ve seen all three networks perform better (and worse for that matter) in the past.
So what does it all mean? Not much really. In reality, the only thing that matters is which company provides the best service where you need it. In that regard, Verizon’s 4G LTE network may be the best choice for a lot of you since it is available in so many parts of the country. While T-Mobile and At&t was faster where I live, I’m not sure I would be able to travel and still enjoy those speeds.
What I recommend you do while choosing a network – First determine where you’ll be using the wireless network the most. This will be near your home, place of employment and any places that you frequently visit. Also, think about the path you take while you’re driving to and from those places. Having dead spots on roads you travel everyday sucks. You can better determine which provider is best for you once you have a good understanding of where you’ll be using the service. Its also a good idea to find out which carrier offers the best 3G service for you. 4G hasn’t made its way everywhere yet, and it is really important to have a good network for your device to fall back on when needed.
Comment below and let us know how fast your carrier’s network is in your area.