T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T: same old 5G winner further extends lead in new tests
The latest in a loooooong line of independent reports evaluating T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T’s 5G networks based on several different performance indicators is today out, making this feel like an ideal time to change the order of the three top US wireless service providers a little in the headlines of our articles covering these in-depth studies and extensive nationwide tests.
AT&T is itself making a rather surprising push to move up the list, although we’ll obviously have to see the nation’s third-largest carrier (by users) eclipse Verizon in more than one report before concluding Big Red’s place is actually at the bottom of the chart.
Six out of eight possible trophies make a very worthy overall winner
Magenta’s score was the only one of the three to increase in these six months, from 700 to 724 points (on a 1000 scale), while Verizon took such a big hit (from 611 to 555) that AT&T moved up to second place despite registering a dip of its own (from 590 to 569).
Perhaps even more impressively (although once again not very shockingly), T-Mobile is the champion of 5G coverage, 5G stability, active 5G download speed, active 5G upload speed, and above all, 5G reliability, leaving just two titles for Verizon.
That’s actually up from zero last fall, but only because umlaut used to award just four trophies until today, ignoring the 5G latency aspect and putting all 5G speeds together in one big category rather than separately measuring uploads, as well as active and passive downloads.
How important is 5G reliability?
In case you’re wondering, 5G reliability combines multiple smaller indicators like the time spent connected to 5G, 5G average data rate, and 5G transaction success to produce a score arguably more illustrative of real-life user experiences than cold hard speeds and availability.