May 28th, 2013, 05:43 PM #1
I'm thinking of switching carriers from Verizon to tmobile, how is the reception in SoCal? Network speeds etc. any help is greatly appreciated!
May 28th, 2013, 11:11 PM #2
there is no one answer for this question.
Where I live TMO is very good, there are several areas that are not good at all.
Best thing to do is talk to your friends and coworkers and see if they are happy with their carrier. All carriers give you at least 14 days to try it out and allow you to return it
May 28th, 2013, 11:20 PM #3
I just read this article on Droidlife.com
A report out of TechHive has put America’s top four carriers against each other in a 3G/4G data speed shootout. With all four carriers now offering 4G LTE in select markets, it will be interesting to see where consumers will want to place their money. While Verizon has had the build out advantage, now reaching nearly 300 million subscribers since its launch, AT&T promptly rolled out service to 200 million Americans, while also maintaining very fast data speeds.
In their tests, they use a Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung to test out 4G LTE, while they use an iPhone 4S to test 3G speeds. Each of those devices are sold on the four networks, so making sure there was a fair playing field is key.
During the 3G tests, it was found that T-Mobile shows pretty strong downloads and uploads, averaging a 3.13 mbps download and 1.04 mbps upload time. Compare that to Sprint’s 3G, which does quite little at 0.4mbps down and just 0.31 mbps up. Verizon also didn’t score too well on the 3G, averaging a lowly 0.8 mbps down and 0.52 mbps up. AT&T came in second place for 3G testing at 2.97 mbps on the download and 0.96 mbps on the upload.
As for 4G, T-Mobile and Verizon showed similar numbers on download, averaging around 9 mbps, while Verizon beat out T-Mobile on the upload with 5.47 mbps compared to 2.65 mbps. AT&T crushed the competition with an average download speed of 13.15 mbps and an upload speed of 6.45 mbps, basically three times that of Sprint’s capabilities in both download and upload.
While anyone can benchmark carriers and see who might be the fastest in a variety of areas, each user’s need will differ greatly, so make sure you live in a good coverage area before jumping from carrier to carrier.
Any of these results surprising?
May 29th, 2013, 09:22 AM #4
What a great post. Thank you very much. A little surprising to see Verizon isn't way ahead given the superior esque attitude of their network.
Originally Posted by gokingsgo
I didn't realize AT&T had such an advantage in speed as well.
May 29th, 2013, 10:16 AM #5
Tmobile is either very great or you better hope there's wifi nearby. For example, I live in Upland CA and the whole area is great even for just 3G (12m down 2mb up) but the moment I step inside the Vons the phone is dead. Granted they are in the process of converting some frequencies to boost their 3g signal (I'll never call it 4g until they come out with LTE) and they're slowly rolling out their LTE service. The biggest issue I've encountered was when I was in the city of El Monte. Couldn't get a decent signal anywhere.
#1 reason why I have Tmobile? $150 for 5 lines (15% corporate discount) and no contract since I bought all of my phones from Google.
May 29th, 2013, 08:47 PM #6
I have an Iphone 4 on T-mobile, and it usually gets 3G anywhere, sometimes EDGE. But the signal is pretty good almost anywhere in socal, when im at the park or at school i usually download and stream videos pretty quickly. Price is cheap of course and with certain plans you get unlimited text or data without caps.
But as mentioned, as soon as you step into a big building, bam, there goes almost all the bars.
May 29th, 2013, 08:50 PM #7
They finally fixed my reception problem in Walnut, but at my place in Ft Mohave AZ, nothing, nada, zilch, even though they say their coverage is good
May 30th, 2013, 09:14 AM #8
Thanks for all the replies. Would love to hear even more reviews! I'm looking at getting the htc one and since Verizon doesn't look like it's gonna carry that phone for quite some time, I'm seriously considering switching. The other plus is that I can use just about any unlocked phone as well with tm, but not Verizon.
The concern really just does boil down to coverage. I'm on wifi mainly.
June 3rd, 2013, 10:53 PM #9
HTC one is coming later this summer on Verizon.
Originally Posted by DotUKings