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Verizon, T-Mobile Top AT&T in the Nation’s Capital

By Craig Galbraith
June 09, 2014 - News

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If you live in Washington, D.C., and your carrier is Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile or AT&T, you’re in pretty good shape.

Mobile-analytics firm RootMetrics – often quoted in the carriers’ radio and television commercials when they perform well – is out with its latest numbers for wireless performance in the District.

RootMetrics gave Verizon the highest score (97.4), followed closely by T-Mobile (97.0) and AT&T (96.4). Sprint was in last place among the big four, with 86.3 points. All four carriers, however, saw their scores improve from October 2013. It was close enough between Verizon and T-Mobile for RootMetrics to declare it a tie between Big Red and the Magenta Network.

The scores for overall performance include results across data, call, and text testing. A good overall RootScore means strong overall coverage and a good consumer experience.

By category, Verizon and AT&T ranked highest in network reliability, while T-Mobile got the nod for being the fastest.

"In Washington, D.C., the story we're seeing unfold is the critical importance of reliability," said Bill Moore, RootMetrics CEO. "Speed is obviously great, but it's meaningless if you can't connect to a network wherever you are. All four major networks are showing improved scores on our network reliability index, which is great news for consumers."

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