If you haven’t checked your calendar lately, you might be surprised to know that it’s still early February despite a whole slew of exciting products from brands as diverse as Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple is already going official this year.
It also means that last year’s comparisons of network experiences provided by Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T are still coming in, with the latest report most likely looking at the largest data set available to provide a fuller and slightly different picture of What signal open, Okay, and umlaut recently showed.
And the big winner is…
AT&T?!? This might seem surprising (even shocking) after so many reports from so many different analytics companies ranking T-Mobile ahead of all of its US competitors, but it’s actually not the first time that RootMetrics has handed out the most national awards in the world. third-largest wireless service provider in the United States by subscribers instead.
Even by these standards, however, AT&T’s performance in the The State of the Mobile Union study for H2 2022 is exceptional, winning six trophies out of a total of seven, one of which is statistically shared with Verizon in the Text category.
Big Red managed to win the affordability battle, leaving the crowns of reliability, speed, data, calls and, of course, everything to Ma Bell. This essentially means that AT&T is the best carrier across the country in the eyes of this particular group of researchers, although the actual end-user experience is likely to vary wildly from state to state, from city to city, phone to phone and cellular technology to another. .
These seven “RootScore” categories, mind you, take into consideration not only 5G connectivity, but also 4G LTE and even sub-4G standards, with the aim of providing as realistic and accurate a view of a wireless landscape as possible. where 5G speeds have gone. t yet reached a “point of ubiquity.”
Speaking of speed, it’s certainly worth pointing out that T-Mobile has by far the highest overall median download count in the US, but thanks to much better consistency, AT&T comfortably wins that gold medal, followed from Verizon in silver position.
AT&T is also the overall mobile network performance winner at the state level, while Verizon is the nation’s metropolitan champion once again, leaving its arch-rivals in the dust and somehow managing to improve on an already towering tally of individual wins from the first half of 2022.
Is T-Mobile the biggest loser in this report?
You might think after reading all of the above and seeing the “Un-carrier” unable to win a single overall trophy, but as usual, T-Mo’s strengths lie in the 5G sections.
Like just about everyone else, RootMetrics considers Magenta the national champion of the 5G experience thanks to an unmatched combination of speed and availability. T-Mobile’s 5G service overall is significantly faster and significantly more widespread than what the competition can offer, although Verizon leads in 5G reliability for the fourth consecutive “test period.”
The overall network experience winner doesn’t have many 5G results to be proud of, failing to win a single individual market cup for the fastest 5G download speeds out of a total of 125 and settling for a measly four crowns of 5G availability, compared to a whopping 101 for T-Mobile.
But even AT&T is ahead of T-Mo when it comes to 5G reliability, and in terms of 5G speeds, AT&T and Verizon are making great strides in markets where C-band spectrum was rolled out last year.
This technology is a response to Magenta’s cutting-edge midrange spectrum, and while it’s unlikely to dethrone the country’s current kind of 5G speed anytime soon, it’s definitely closing the gap in a bunch of places across the country.
At the end of day year, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon can all find reason to smile in this incredibly detailed new report, based on nearly 3 million tests conducted at more than 6,000 indoor locations and over 230,000 miles during the second half of 2022. And the industry-wide evolution is after all the most important thing to take away from this kind of testing, isn’t it?
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