Verizon Beats AT&T, Surging T-Mobile in Network Rankings

By Craig Galbraith Comments
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Verizon Wireless is the clear leader in RootMetrics’ latest numbers.

The mobile-analytics’ firm’s semi-annual report puts Verizon as No. 1 among the “big four" in five categories, including overall performance. Verizon's score was 81.6, followed by AT&T at 79.5, T-Mobile with 71.5 and Sprint with 69.6.

Big Red was tops or tied for the lead in 48 states. Other categories measured were reliability, data, speed, call and text. Nationally, Verizon was highest in all but texting – for which AT&T took the crown.

Speed might be the most noteworthy of the individual categories. Verizon took back the lead it lost to AT&T six months ago. The biggest reason? America’s largest carrier added capacity to relieve congestion in big cities.

T-Mobile made big strides, raising its scores to be a competitive third place in five categories. The Magenta Network earned second place in speed, finishing ahead of AT&T. Sprint was last in all areas measured by RootMetrics.

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