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according to this cnet article:
verizon wireless is trying to quell its competitors' claims that they offer better performing wireless networks than it does with results of a new study published by rootmetrics. Big red highlighted findings from a recent rootmetrics national test which shows that verizon dominated in five out of six categories that were tested by the wireless analytics company during the last half of 2013. Specifically the test looked at network reliability, call completion and quality, text message service, and data speeds. Overall verizon ranked no. 1 nationally with at&t following as a close second. Sprint and t-mobile came in third and fourth, respectively.
The reality is that whether verizon, at&t, or t-mobile are touting test results, it's difficult to compare because the actual tests used to boast about these claims aren't measuring the exact same things. Verizon was the first major carrier to deploy lte. And the company has used its head start to its advantage in terms of building out its network. As a result, competitors were hurt by comparison because where lte is unavailable, customers are falling back onto 3g networks, which offer much slower throughput. Rootmetrics data suggests that verizon had the best, or tied for the best, service in 45 states. At&t was best or tied for first in 16 states.
In short, the study reveals little new information in terms of how the carriers stack up against one another. Verizon is still considered the most reliable network with a strong lte network that offers service in more places than anyone else. At&t is a close second. And sprint and t-mobile need better coverage to truly compete against verizon or at&t.
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