Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Mobile Offers 512MB Of LTE With $5 International Data Pass

Mobile Offers 512MB Of LTE With $5 International Data Pass

T-Mobile also says that worldwide calling is just $0.25 per minute, which is actually a price hike. When analyzing fastest carriers, Ookla considers all carriers with 3% or more of total test samples in the market for the period.

And while T-Mobile's speed scores were much higher on Samsung's Galaxy S9, Verizon's score was slightly higher on the iPhone X. This is likely because the S9 uses newer networking technology that T-Mobile got an early start in supporting.

Mike Haberman, Verizon's Vice President of Network Operations, said Verizon believes it's the clear victor in Ookla's report.

It's interesting to note that Ookla's fastest tested speeds were in Minnesota, which had a mean download speed of 36.80Mbps. Numbers don't lie, though, and both Ookla (owner of Speedtest) and OpenSignal have new reports that point to T-Mobile as the fastest, but Verizon is right on its tail. The report also showed that consumers in these areas may find themselves having to choose between speed and coverage.

T-Mobile adds $5 LTE international data pass as free roaming spreads

Verizon, meanwhile has been adding more cell sites, particularly in urban areas, according to the Ookla report.

Verizon, for example, routinely comes up as the fastest network in road-tests of the four carriers, so it prefers to look at that data and emphasize its coverage, rather than average speed. "Our performance will continue to dramatically improve with our largest Next-Gen Network investment in years well underway", Sprint said in its statement provided to PCMag. T-Mobile first, with Verizon just a hair back, a bigger gap, and then AT&T and Sprint in third and fourth place. However, if a carrier has just iterated its network in a way that only the latest device would support, PCMag's results may make that more visible.

Finally, Ookla found a significant urban/rural divide in performance, where rural users, in general, have slower speeds.

AT&T customers experienced an average delay of about 54 milliseconds to top the 4G latency rankings, followed by T-Mobile at 56 milliseconds, Verizon at 62 milliseconds and Sprint at 64 milliseconds.


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