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T-Mobile Aims to Offer Faster LTE Than AT&T
by Karl Bode 12:30PM Tuesday Oct 15 2013
While AT&T has been winning most of the recent LTE speed tests, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray is promising that will soon change. The company says they're in the process of migrating to 2x10MHz channels to speed up LTE connectivity. Tests from companies like OpenSignal suggest T-Mobile is nipping on AT&T's heels in terms of speed in many markets. That comes on the heels of T-Mobile starting to successfully leech AT&T customers courtesy of more consumer friendly pricing and policies.

Coverage will continue to be T-Mobile's achilles heel, the company still well behind both AT&T and Verizon's total LTE coverage ambitions. OpenSignal's ranking of the best (fastest) networks can be found below:
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delusion ftl

@comcast.net

The chart

City--------Avg. Download Speed--Best Network
New York---6.7 Mbps--------------T-Mobile
Los Angeles-7.5 Mbps--------------AT&T
Chicago-----6.6 Mbps-------------AT&T
Houston-----7.3 Mbps-------------T-Mobile
Philadelphia-5.5 Mbps--------------Verizon
Phoenix-----9.7 Mbps--------------T-Mobile
Dallas-------8.6 Mbps--------------T-Mobile
San Diego---9.6 Mbps--------------T-Mobile
San Jose----10.8 Mbps-------------T-Mobile
San Antonio-6.6 Mbps--------------Verizon
Network Guy
Premium
join:2000-08-25
New York
kudos:2

Re: The chart

Can't be only 6.7 Mbps in New York. I can easily get that via HSPA, but only in certain areas.
BosstonesOwn

join:2002-12-15
Wakefield, MA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

Re: The chart

I think there is a mislabeling in the article or header. I was getting 40 mbit on Verizon constantly around here. With Tmobile Im getting solid 18.
--
"It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"

cchhat01
Dr. Zoidberg

join:2001-05-01
Elmhurst, NY

Re: The chart

The chart does say "Average"
m3nphls

join:2012-10-02
Brooklyn, NY

Re: The chart

Average and consisten speed, then VZW takes it all. AT&T ant T-Mo are more like "burst" speed, like that optimum boost and what twc gives in speed for a few secs.

rit56

join:2000-12-01
New York, NY
I see Verizon drops the ball once again in their home city New York. No service in the subways and you don't offer the fastest speeds, in the city where your headquarters is located.. Lame lame lame Verizon. I guess it's more important to appease your share holders with an extra 3 cents in their dividend rather than avoid the embarrassment of having your competitors offer better service is your home town. AT&T, located in Texas, offers service in the subway, in New York, your headquarters.

michieru
Premium
join:2009-07-25
Miami, FL
Does these numbers also account for the amount of users per network? I doubt it. Speeds even average are not a accurate representation. We can even argue over who uses more data etc etc.

delusion ftl

@comcast.net
The discussion verred off the orignal topic, which was not "which is currently faster" but which is looking forward to faster speeds.

T-mobile basically leads in all of their 10x10 areas becasue they have half the customers (or less) in the same spectrum space that ATT and VZW has.
T-mobile plans on putting 10x10 everywhere soon, and 20x20 next year. (to be fair VZW and ATT are also toying with more spectrum as well)
Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX

Re: The chart

20 x 20 in dallas/fortworth is gonna be pretty awesome

jchambers28

join:2007-05-12
Alma, AR

EDGE

T-Mobile is EDGE only in 90% of Arkansas why are they pushing LTE when I cant get even a 3G coverage.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Re: EDGE

Perhaps they are going to bypass 3G and go straight to LTE? If I was a T-Mobile 2G customer and they announced network improvements, would I want 3G or LTE? Even though my iPhone 4 is too old to have LTE, I'd rather they upgrade my area to LTE and then I'll get a new phone.

jchambers28

join:2007-05-12
Alma, AR

Re: EDGE

true. I have AT&T LTE I am waiting till tmobile upgrades their service before I get their service.

MTBikerChris
Premium
join:2001-08-28
Broomfield, CO

Will dump my HSI if we get more speed !

If they up it here in Denver i will Dump my HSI from Comcast and tether it to my laptop !

NO

@comcast.net

1 recommendation

Re: Will dump my HSI if we get more speed !

...aaand this is why we can't have fast unlimited data on our smartphones. WIRELESS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR WIRED CONNECTIVITY!

There, I just had to get that off my chest...

Smith6612
Premium,MVM
join:2008-02-01
North Tonawanda, NY
kudos:25

Re: Will dump my HSI if we get more speed !

^ This. DO NOT ditch the Wireline.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI
said by MTBikerChris:

If they up it here in Denver i will Dump my HSI from Comcast and tether it to my laptop !

How long do you think you'll get away with that before they cut you off?

Jim

MTBikerChris
Premium
join:2001-08-28
Broomfield, CO

Re: Will dump my HSI if we get more speed !

I use about 5 gigs a Month on my HSI so i think Never !

RWSI

join:2012-11-27
Albuquerque, NM

LTE

LTE is still slow no matter what icing they top it with.
NLiveris

join:2001-11-25
Chicago, IL

Re: LTE


VZW 4G LTE test 5-25-12. Razr Maxx
I agree, LTE is slow now. Here in downtown Chicago, it's rare to see speeds above 5Mbps with Verizon. On a Friday night May 25th, 2012, I was sitting inside the Drunken Fish sushi restaurant in downtown St. Louis and magically pulled down 38Mbps and 14.8 up on VZW LTE. Obviously that network was still "sort of" new at the time, but it helped illustrate what's possible. But these days, VZW's 4G LTE feels more like their old 2Mbps 3G.

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

1 edit

Re: LTE

LTE was always more about capacity than speed, regardless of the claims, at least with the amount of frequency currently being used.

Imagine the pain if all of those smartphones we still on EvDo, you'd be lucky to be getting edge speeds.

Well actually you don't have to imagine, just grab a Sprint phone on the 3G network, which is most sprint phones lol.
clone

join:2000-12-11
Portage, IN
Reviews:
·T-Mobile US

Re: LTE

I always hear people arguing how they *need* 40Mbps on their phone. For what, exactly? I don't *need* 40Mbps at home, I sure as hell don't need it on the go. An HD stream on a 4" screen shouldn't take any more than 1Mbit. Anything above that is gravy. Are people running their businesses off of LTE connections or something?

I realize my needs and others may vary, widely. But, and I ask in all seriousness, what can you do on a phone with 40Mbps that you can't do with 4?
tcope
Premium
join:2003-05-07
Sandy, UT
kudos:2

Re: LTE

Download 10x as much porn.

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
Not much really, though I'll be a little more generous and say maybe you can tell the difference up to about 6 mbps, after that your not going to notice a huge difference in everyday applications. Other than app or music / video downloads. But does anyone really do those with caps these days over mobile? Most people connect to wifi for that.

people who argue that they need 40mbps are obsessed with speed tests, plain and simple

Smith6612
Premium,MVM
join:2008-02-01
North Tonawanda, NY
kudos:25
When LTE was first launched in my area, seeing 70Mbps down, 40Mbps up wasn't out of the norm. But yeah, LTE's down to 10-15Mbps and even less depending on the tower or area. Upload is usually at 3Mbps or less.
wkm001

join:2009-12-14

Lets have a pricing war,

all the way to the bottom.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Re: Lets have a pricing war,

Price war to the bottom is not beneficial to anyone. It would be short term bliss until the organization with the best credit/reserves won. Then there would be consolidation, less competition and stratospheric prices until the FTC investigates and restores competition or regulates the monopolist.

I'd like to see greater variance. For instance, if I want unlimited data, I can actually pay for it without taking out a second mortgage. (By that I mean it has to be reasonable, say $120/month -- just data, no voice, no mms, no frills perhaps even prepaid). Likewise if all I do is make a few voice calls, send a few text and read some e-mail, perhaps I want to pay for every minute, message and byte I use (total metering.)

Only healthy competition with no "dumping" (i.e. predatory pricing to hurt competitors) is best for all.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
How about a coverage war?

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

1 recommendation

They already did it for me in NJ

I have an AT&T LTE phone for work
and T-mobile LTE phone for personal on the jersey shore.

T-mobile already edges out AT&T
Test I just did
T-mobile 21 Mbps / 9 Mbps
AT&T 16 Mbps / 4.55 Mbps

I was a former T-mobile customer, I've been on prepaid for awhile and I pop back and forth on GSM pretty frequently. with their LTE deployment and 1900Mhz refarm the signal quality has improved considerably in my area and they are now the fastest for me at this point in time.

Though I know the only reason they can manage that now is because they have less customer's LTE is still on 2 x 5 Mhz here.
But even if it was marginally slower than AT&T, I'm paying $70 for truly unlimited data instead of $60 on gophone for 2GB.
brianb50

join:2004-07-27
Syosset, NY

TMobile

TMobile on Long Island is good, maybe on the north shore and spots of Suffolk county are spotty. But for the price it is great. When traveling it is an issue though, I carry my Verizon work IPhone then .
nlwnola

join:2011-01-19
Metairie, LA
Reviews:
·AT&T U-Verse

wow, these speeds are low

Down here in the Greater New Orleans Area I consistantly get speeds on AT&T LTE of 38-56 Mbps. Thats on my iPhone 5, my 5S is about the same.

Had friends test there devices:

Verizon: 29-32 Mbps
T-Mobile: 12
Sprint: test failed twice, when it went through 5 Mbps

In the latest RootMetrics testing AT&T and Verzion tied down here. Sprint was last putting T-mobile in the middle. All the carriers are getting ready for carrier aggragation but of course we need phones that use that. It will be interesting to see the VoLTE basic phones launch sometime next year. All the carriers need to push to move EVERYTHING to LTE as quick as possible.