For months T-Mobile CEO John Legere has stated that the company's LTE network upgrades would soon have it beating LTE speed leader AT&T in network speed tests, courtesy of the move to 2x10MHz channels. That didn't appear to be the case in a March RootMetrics study, which pegged T-Mobile in third place for LTE speeds, well behind AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile quickly complained that the RootMetrics study was using outdated data.
Fast forward to this month and new study by RootMetrics focusing specifically on Chicago places T-Mobile right alongside Verizon when it comes to the fastest LTE speeds.
"T-Mobile and Verizon now share the honor of being named the top-performing mobile networks in Chicago," notes the firm, with both companies receiving a Overall Performance RootScore of 98.3. Verizon and AT&T still slightly edged T-Mobile out when it comes to reliability, but T-Mobile took top honors in Chicago when it comes to LTE speed.
I'm sure they have having backhaul problems like they do everywhere else (for the life of me I can't understand why). However, the service is actually passable in Chicago now and it was extremely bad late last year, so the upgrades have in fact done much more than "not much of anything."
The original Sprint version of that phone is only single band LTE. I wish their report would give the model number so we would know if the phone was capable of connecting to Sprint's new LTE bands 26 and 41.
Fewer users AND more towers (Higher Cell density). This combo means that towers could have 3 to 5 times less users than VZW/ATT. Also remember that T-mobile has the highest data consumption per user by a wide margin.