Verizon And T-Mobile Are Standing On An Equal Foot

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According to the latest OpenSignal report, Verizon and T-Mobile are quite equal.

According to the latest OpenSignal report, Verizon stopped being the mobile network’s top leader. Why? Because T-Mobile is now reportedly standing on an equal foot with it.

Verizon Telecommunications is considered the largest wireless communications service provider in the United States. The broadband telecommunications company has been holding the position since 2014.

T-Mobile US is another major telecommunications company. It is also one of the largest wireless network operators in the United States. And a recently released report shows that the two are closer than believed.

Earlier this week, OpenSignal released its annual report. This is the 2017 State of Mobile Networks report. Its purpose? To track and analyze the availability and speed of the mobile carrier services. The report solely targets the United States. And the results were reportedly quite clear.

Verizon and T-Mobile are standing on quite an equal footing.

This may come as a surprise to some. Previously, Verizon was the undisputable mobile network carrier. But now, the company either won or shared every national prize with T-Mobile. This is all according to the T-Mobile report.

OpenSource based its report on a crowdsourced monitoring. One which revealed the following. The two wireless carriers offer a similar network performance. They also provide almost the same speeds.

The reports also pointed out the following. 4G speeds are on the rise with many city limits being higher than the national average.

OpenSource’s report is based on about 4.6 billion datapoints. These were gathered through its official app. This latter is currently being used across the United States. It has about 170,000 users.

Its analysis also pointed out the 4G supremacy battle. T-Mobile was noted to be slowly but surely gaining ground. But Verizon is still reportedly offering the best solution. The company has the highest available 4G availability. And it has also been bringing network updates.

In terms of network speeds, the two providers are still tied up. This fact was also noted in the last OpenSource report. This latter was released in the summer of 2016. More exactly, in August.

Analysts also compared the two reports. Which allowed them to point out the following. Overall, all the major network providers have been bringing updates. Their list includes Verizon and T-Mobile. And also AT&T as well as Sprint.

Sprint also revealed some significant advances. Besides Verizon, it marked some of the biggest strides. The consensus holds that it is doing so in order to catch up with the other 3 carriers. Overall, the United States is on an upwards trend in terms of 4G availability.

More cities across the country have access to even faster 4G speeds.

The last report identified 18 cities with LTE speeds of around 20 Mbps or higher. This latest analysis noted that the city number increased to 25.

Just recently, Verizon also started upgrading its network. This will now benefit from LTE-Advanced technology. Which could account for the recent speed jumps registered across several cities.

For their part, T-Mobile and AT&T have also been bringing improvements. They have been changing the frequency bands. And started deploying LTE to the new ones.

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  • Booderness

    Oops! You forgot to mention one tiny detail. COVERAGE. Head West of the Mississippi and T-Mobile has little coverage, even on the freeway, outside of the big city. Speed means nothing when there is no coverage. I live in a town of 100,000 and T-mobiles coverage isn’t good. That isn’t equal footing by any stretch of the imagination.

    • LivewireJive

      They didn’t forget about anything. The report was about network SPEED not coverage.

      • Booderness

        Perhaps you missed the part about being on “equal footing”.

      • Olorin

        No, if you look at the original report it was also about network availability (coverage). This was actually the biggest deal about this report, because previously TMobile has been lagging behind.

        • Cosmo Vines

          Honestly, I think you are a shill subscriber paid for seo marketing. I type in your user name with t mobile and get hundreds of posts.

          • Olorin

            Sorry… accusing someone of what you’re doing doesn’t make it right. Nice try though.

            Besides, how do 19 comments equal hundreds?

    • Olorin

      No longer true. I commute between the west and east coasts up to 2x per month. When I first started, you were correct, my T-Mobile service was just inadequate on the East coast. Over the last 18 months, that’s completely changed. Now I rarely go anywhere without a good signal (even the rural drive across Florida’s Alligator Alley). In fact, I’ve even experienced cases where I’ve had signal and co-workers with Verizon didn’t).

      I’m not suggesting you should leave Verizon for T-Mobile. I am suggesting that anyone who hasn’t used T-Mobile in the last year may be pleasantly surprised when and if they eventually do.

      • Booderness

        Wish it wasn’t true any longer but it is. I tried it. Didn’t work. Every conversation was broken up. Wanted to save money but no point when there isn’t coverage even in a major town. Also no coverage on major portions of i-10. No coverage between towns. As much as you want T-mobile to be on equal footing. It isn’t. Not even ATT has coverage between towns.

        • Olorin

          I’m sure it depends on where you are. That’s why it’s not a one size fits all answer.

  • Michael Stafford

    All carriers have room for improvement and considering how long the other carriers have been established, compared to the T-Mobile network, I think they have made great strides in setting the standard for “The Others” to follow.I feel due to listening to there customer’s and simplifying their billing is a big plus for the T-Mobile network