Verizon claims to have more 4GLTE coverage than Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile combined.

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As I was driving, I saw a billboard with Verizon claiming to have more 4GLTE coverage than Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile combined.
 

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It probably depends on how you count it. It seems Verizon perhaps has more LTE than everyone else if you count by area covered, because their LTE covers massive amounts of mostly empty space. But by people covered, not a chance.
 

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I don't think there is much difference between the big three if you just look at population, but geographically, I could possibly believe it.
 

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The focal word is "coverage". Yes all those towers in rural or semi rural areas. I can sit in the woods(hunting) in fl, ga, or bama and have 4glte....like 10+mbps and love every minute of it. Att, sprint tmo? Forgetttaboutit! (jerseyaccent) ;-)

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Going by the coverage maps Verizon is the clear winner even if you combine the others. Who cares how many people are covered. What matters is when your in BFE and you need to use your phone. Coverage is area, not people.
 

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Except Vzw ' s LTE isn't up to par with others. They should really compare the coverage of "similar speed".

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with the prices we pay, I would HOPE that it's a true statement. don't get me wrong, I love the fact that I can go just about anywhere in this country and still have a decent signal. sure, having a FAST network is nice, but what good is fast when you REALLY need to make that emergency phone call? I'll continue to pay for the excellent service I get...BTW, what's a dropped call?
 

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Except Vzw ' s LTE isn't up to par with others. They should really compare the coverage of "similar speed".

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Based on root metrics, Verizon's speed is just a hair slower than att, and faster than T-Mobile and Sprint. Even though att is a hair faster, Verizon's performance is better.

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That has NOT been my experience. Verizon is the overall BEST...IMHO

Verizon never claims to be the fastest network, only the most reliable and with the largest coverage. And to me, that is more important than having faster speeds in some areas, but no or weak signal in other areas. But that is for my personal needs.

Even though Verizon is the best fit for me, there are specific locations where another carrier might be better suited for someone's needs because another carrier may have better service in a specific location or area.

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Verizon never claims to be the fastest network, only the most reliable and with the largest coverage. And to me, that is more important than having faster speeds in some areas, but no or weak signal in other areas. But that is for my personal needs.

Even though Verizon is the best fit for me, there are specific locations where another carrier might be better suited for someone's needs because another carrier may have better service in a specific location or area.

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This may true, and Verizon is also BEST for my needs and wants (maybe I should have written that), but from my vast experience with the other big 3 in the USA (Verizon being the last to get my "money"..smile), I would definitly say that of ALL the cities and areas I've visited, Verizon has never let me down as far as coverage is concerened...or anything else. I've been around family and friends that had to use my phone because they had no or very little coverage with their carriers other than Verizon. The Big Red just works for ME
 

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This may true, and Verizon is also BEST for my needs and wants (maybe I should have written that), but from my vast experience with the other big 3 in the USA (Verizon being the last to get my "money"..smile), I would definitly say that of ALL the cities and areas I've visited, Verizon has never let me down as far as coverage is concerened...or anything else. I've been around family and friends that had to use my phone because they had no or very little coverage with their carriers other than Verizon. The Big Red just works for ME

Yeah I think that it is pretty rare for verizon to have bad service in a spot but another carrier to have excellent service in the same spot. I do point it out because it can happen, and I don't want someone to port the number over to Verizon only to find that it doesn't get service at their home or office or wherever they need it when some other carrier does.

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Yeah I think that it is pretty rare for verizon to have bad service in a spot but another carrier to have excellent service in the same spot. I do point it out because it can happen, and I don't want someone to port the number over to Verizon only to find that it doesn't get service at their home or office or wherever they need it when some other carrier does.

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I agree, that does make sense. You would get ALL the blame...LOL:D
 

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Based on root metrics, Verizon's speed is just a hair slower than att, and faster than T-Mobile and Sprint.

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A jumbo "rating" is useless for many, and misleading for others. It give some parameter e.g., reliably, which is really notimportant for many, way to much weight.

People should just check the raw speed data from each city and see the difference.

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Are you really going to be able to tell the difference from say, 20-30 Mbs on Verizon and 40 on T-Mobile when doing anything other than downloading huge apps or files?

I don't think I could. But I can easily tell when I have signal and when I don't. :p

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Might i ask what people are doing on their phones that such a small speed difference makes that big of an issue? Seeing the top speeds of 20-40 only get noticed when DOWNLOADING Large files... which, for me, only happens when i am using my WIFI hotspot for my tablet or laptop... Otherwise... Simple Daily functions like Web Browsing, Facebook, Streaming music... Will act the same on pretty much any carrier, Except sprint... they are the Buffer Kings..

To me, US Cellular had the FASTEST 4G LTE i have ever used... However, their focus on Regions, really turned me off! With USC. They claim to have more LTE coverage in Wisconsin then ATT.. but when you leave the middle/southeastern part of the state, you get 3G only or Roaming...
 

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A jumbo "rating" is useless for many, and misleading for others. It give some parameter e.g., reliably, which is really notimportant for many, way to much weight.

People should just check the raw speed data from each city and see the difference.

@T-Mobile GN3

Whatever carrier you choose, you should consider the signal whenever you need it. Be it at home, work, school, or otherwise. The raw speed of an entire city might not help with that.

But knowing the overall reliability makes a difference to me because the main reason why I have a phone is for emergency purposes. And having the best reliability means the most likely to have a signal in emergency situations where you might be in a very rural area with almost no accommodations.

Even in the city, I get a signal in concrete underground parking structure where att and tmobile do not. In case of emergency if you are trapped, being able to make a call can make a difference.

Obviously everyone has different requirements for cellular service, pick which one you feel best suits your needs





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For the majority of people (and even for most people on this thread) Verizon has most comprehensive coverage (both for calls and data) than any other carrier in the US. If you travel at all OR if your home area (small towns or rural) then Verizon is usually the best. While their LTE speed is slowing down (because of more people) they will still average within advertised speed range (5-12 Mbps down) in all the areas they have coverage. Quite frankly, as long as the speed is enough to cover streaming music or video their is very little difference (for MOST people) between a phone that downloads at 5 vs. one that downloads at 10. And their call coverage (yes, I am someone who still makes and values phone calls) is still the best of any carrier (I rarely drop a call and almost always have a signal better than any of my colleagues when I travel). Verizon has been the least aggressive in the recent price war going on between ATT and T-Mobile because they aren't seen much loss of customers - that won't change until they see people switching to TMo or ATT on a large scale (say 500,000 in a quarter - last quarter I believe Big Red gained 1.6 million new customers).
 

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Might i ask what people are doing on their phones that such a small speed difference makes that big of an issue? Seeing the top speeds of 20-40 only get noticed when DOWNLOADING Large files... which, for me, only happens when i am using my WIFI hotspot for my tablet or laptop... Otherwise... Simple Daily functions like Web Browsing, Facebook, Streaming music... Will act the same on pretty much any carrier, Except sprint... they are the Buffer Kings..

To me, US Cellular had the FASTEST 4G LTE i have ever used... However, their focus on Regions, really turned me off! With USC. They claim to have more LTE coverage in Wisconsin then ATT.. but when you leave the middle/southeastern part of the state, you get 3G only or Roaming...

Yeah, Sprint 3G is pretty bad for sure, but since my area was upgraded to LTE I'm very happy, 25-30 consistently right now, I'm not in the city, so I doubt the system is loaded very heavy where I live, loving it for now anyway
 

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