“My network is better than your network.” It’s an argument I’m sure you’ve heard before, whether online or in the real world. The funniest part about that argument, is everyone is right, no matter who is providing their service. Why? That’s because it’s all dependent on where you live. Sprint might be great in LA, but travel 1 hour west, and it has the slowest, most spotty data speeds next to dial-up. Sure you can look at your carriers network coverage map on their company site, but really — those are nothing compared to what you see in real life.
PC Mag knows this, and it’s one of the reasons why they decided to take a road trip with the 4 leading carriers in the US and post the results to see who came out on top. The itinerary took them from Las Vegas, NV; to Tucson AZ, San Diego, CA; Orange County, CA; and all the way up the coast finally landing in Cambria. The results? It may come as a surprise to many of you, but ‘old #4 — otherwise known as T-Mobile — came out on top with kicky fast download speeds on their HSPA+ network. It should be said that PC Mag still found T-Mobile’s coverage to be spotty, but in more the more rural/suburban areas, that’s when their 3G/4G network kicked into high-gear, delivering about double the download speeds of even AT&T. Wowzers.
This is, by no means, the end-all-be-all of network tests, just something to give you guys an idea of what you should expect should you ever think of joining team Magenta (in CA). I can tell you the results they posted from all 4 carriers was almost dead on my personal experiences on each in my hometown. How ’bout you?