1Verizon the Clear Winner in Rootmetrics Nationwide Network Evaluation
The mobile industry is more competitive than ever, with rival carriers’ advertising making disputed claims about having the best service or largest network. But each year, a company called Rootmetrics drives across the U.S. testing mobile connections to see which provider really is best in terms of connectivity. For its latest report, which covers the first half of 2017, Rootmetrics team members drove more than 276,000 miles and tested carrier network performance in both urban and rural areas. When their work was done, Rootmetrics had tested the networks covering every square mile of the country and determined how each carrier performed in terms of data transfer speeds, calling and texting. Here are Rootmetrics’ findings for the 2017 first half.
2Verizon Reigns Supreme
3T-Mobile’s Performance Doesn’t Live Up to Its Claims
T-Mobile and its CEO John Legere have spent the last few years boasting about the network’s superiority over competitors including Verizon and AT&T. However, T-Mobile finished in last place in the Rootmetrics study, scoring 86.5 out of a possible 100. Even Sprint, which has faced its fair share of problems, beat T-Mobile, with a score of 87.9.
4Verizon’s Reliability Is Strong
5Overall Carrier Reliability Is Quite Good
6Sprint Has a Network Speed Problem
Speed, of course, is important. And it’s one area where Sprint has some work to do. Rootmetrics gave Sprint’s network a score of just 78.2 in the speed category, placing it far behind the market leader Verizon, which secured a 92.9 rating. AT&T and T-Mobile trailed Verizon with scores of 91.4 and 90.5, respectively.
7Verizon, AT&T Data Transfer Quality Tops the List
8Verizon Was the Clear Leader in Call Quality, Reliability
9Most Carriers Get Texting Right
10Rootmetrics Finds Verizon, AT&T Perform Best Nationwide
In its evaluation, Rootmetrics noted that Verizon and AT&T provide the very best network performance across the U.S. And although Verizon topped all the major categories, AT&T’s performance was so close that the difference would be negligible for many users. In individual state testing, the results were the same.
11T-Mobile’s Network Works Better in Major Metropolitan Areas
Overall, T-Mobile didn’t score as high in the survey as its competitors. However, Rootmetrics noted that T-Mobile’s performance is notably better in major metropolitan areas than in rural areas. The data suggests that T-Mobile customers who live in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, for example, might see better performance than the national ratings suggest.